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This was an unexpected find on 18 May 2007. I was just driving from Eisenach towards Meiningen and spotted a glimpse of this castle from the road just before reaching Meiningen. After following the signs and climbing up a small road to the top, I found this castle. I took many pictures and when I explained to the staff I wanted to put it on my travel web page, the staff invited me to climb up the tower!
Written Jul 17, 2007
Address: Landsberger Str. 150, 98617 Meiningen
Phone: 03693 - 44090
The fairytale caves are located about 6km outside of Meiningen in the town of Walldorf. They were formed from years of mining sandstone and the whole cave system covers 65,000 square meters making it the largest of its type in Europe. In the early part of the 1900s the caves were also used for growing mushrooms. During the 2nd World War the caves were used as bomb shelters and In the late 1950s they turned into fairytale dioramas. Some of the scenes are from the older fairy tales of "The Brave Little Tailor", "Schneewitchen" (SnowWhite), "Rotkäpchen" (Little Red Riding Hood), and from more modern ideas like "Der Sandmännchen" (The Sandman) who was made popular by East German TV.
Along with the caves there is a car ride, modle boats, for the kiddies; restaurant, and hotel.
3,00 Euro for adults
2,00 Euro for children 3-14
Prices inclusive guided tour. Tours are every 15-20 minutes
Written May 2, 2007
Address: Marienstraße 6, 98639 Walldorf
Phone: 03693 / 89910
Unserer Lieben Frauen aka St. Marien is the cathedral of Meingen. With its multicolored roof (tiles in blue, red, and green) and its double towers it is probably one of the most eye catching churches I have seen. The original towerless church was built in 1003 and the towers added in 1594.
Written May 2, 2007
Address: town center of Meiningen
The workshop is open to public quite regularly, every first and third saturday each month - check the "contact" site (and my page/other tips) for more details! It is well worth a visit, even if you are not tha much into technical stuff... In the first september weekend there is always a special steam weekend with steam train runs, regular train services run by steam trains and a fair with miniature railways and other "railwayana".
The Adler replica steam engine, where the wheel is shown in this picture, was sadly destroyed by a fire in the Nurnberg railway museum in October 2005. It will be rebuilt, more on this scheme (and how you can help) on the following pages (in German):
Updated Jun 24, 2006
Address: Am Flutgraben 2, 98617 Meiningen
Phone: ++49 3693 851 602
Like most other soviet countries East Germany was running steam trains till the “end”. Therefore a lot of engineering knowledge was gathered and kept. Since the reunification the “Reichsbahn Ausbesserungs Werk Meiningen (RAW)” is THE top address in Europe to restore historical trains. You can visit the impressive site each third Saturday in the month.
Written Mar 4, 2006
On my first visit the backalleys were still very much rundown, but especially in the centre a good job is being done, though I still hope it's not overdown and will keep it's "Eastern" charm.
The surrounding Th?ringer Wald to the East, and the Rh?n to the West also have a lot to offer, especially if you enjoy hiking!
Written Feb 1, 2004
Address: town centre
After driving from Hamburg to Meiningen to Suhl and back this was a great place to stop for a meal. And it was some place that didnt serve the traditional local fare of deer, rabbit, boar, etc., as most resturants in the area seem to. Located on the main street of Meiningen, Leipziger Str. aka the B-19 it is easy to reach and central. They have a wide variety of Greek food, great atmosphere inside, plus a lovely garden terrace.
Favorite Dish: Gyro Teller- great flavor and huge servings. Really too much food and worth the money. Comes with gyros, fries or rice, and a mixed salad. Took the left overs back to the hotel in Suhl and they were tasty the next day as well.
Updated May 2, 2007
Address: Leipziger Str. 47, 98617 Meiningen
Favorite thing: Visit the workshop - see my page on that!
And just enjoy town, as well as the scenery of the surrounding countryside. Great for (forest) walks, and the odd tour by bike or car. It's also quite central, with (more) famous places like Eisenach, Erfurt, Fulda or Bamberg within an hour or so.
However, and maybe people who live there don't agree, some of it's character from just after the wall came down has disappeared ...
The picture to the left (not from the workshop this time!) gives you an idea what to expect in town.
Fondest memory: visiting the workshop for the first time, in 1993 (I think) with a friend... we arrived in the morning, asking to have a tour around the complex. The gatekeeper told us there was a "busload of tourists", but if we liked we could return after 2 - when we returned we had the place for ourselves, able to roam around and see everything! And my second (chance) visit in 2000 coincided with a couple who were showed around because they were on business - he had an engine to be restored in his "yard"! I took the tour then during working hours, leaving me with the pictures on my main page ...
Updated Feb 1, 2004