Great events are all the time our great towns like Gotha, the capital Erfurt, Jena, Eisenach or Weimar.
There are lot of "things to do" every time. Concerts, celebrations, culture. Great ones like Domstufenfestspiele in Erfurt or Messehalle Erfurt
Gotha means festivals and culture pure. Gotha
Weimar is the town of classic, Goethe and Schiller, the culture town of Europe. Weimar
Jena is a young town with its famous university and industries. Jena lights
Eisenach means Martin Luther, Bach, the Wartburg and Opel company.
All of these towns you find belong superhighway A4. (BTW, also my home Tabarz) So often Thuringia means to the people of other countries exactly these area. And I can understand why.
High above the small city of Creuzburg there lies the Romanesque castle arrangement of 1170. It was a residence of the Thuringian landgraves and place of residence of the holy St. Elisabeth. Here she bore 1222 her son Hermann.
In the castle arrangement is the museum of the castle with the Elisabeth ladies' apartment, the interesting torture cellar, the Michael's Praetorius room, the Creuzburger home room and varying exhibitions.
The view from the castle across the Werratal is miraculous. The small park is romantic.
That´s the greatest Museum of Nature in Thuringia. More than 1,500 qms area of exhibitions, inside a beautiful historical building (1864 built). With and about sauria, insects, many species of wild fauna and flora.
The Palace Friedenstein in Gotha is the biggest palace construction in Thuringia after the 30-year-old war. The Magdeburger Andreas Rudolphi explained the construction 1643-54. Duke Ernst I. of Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg was a principal for the palace construction. It was the residence of duke Ernst I. (1601 - 1675), later administrative seat of the dukedom Saxony Gotha (1640 - 1894).
There are in the museum significant art treasures and the unique Ekhoftheater. Here you find also the research library and State library Gotha and the Thuringian State archive Gotha. Very important also the collection of famous paintings inside museum.
At time are the Italian weeks, with special art of Italy, very nice! Have also a look for the expositions about Napoleon´s traces in Gotha.
The Ekhoftheater is a special jewel in the row of historical theaters of the baroque. This oldest baroque theater of the world with original preserved stage technique, was installed 1683 under duke Friedrich I. by Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg in the ballroom of the residence.
Every year there is a famous theater festival. repertoire and pictures are there: Ekhof Festival (also in English and Italian language) Whole repertoire, strating in May, also on website of Palace Friedenstein.
Eisenach has about 45,000 inhabitants and is situated in Thuringia’s west on the Nesse and Hörsel rivers. It was founded in the 12th century and in 1869 the German Social Democratic Party was founded here. Landmark is the 11th-century Wartburg castle where that Martin Luther began his translation of the New Testament from the Latin in 1521. In the city are the Lutherhaus, in which Luther stayed as a youth; the house in which composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685; and the Gymnasium, a school Luther and Bach attended.
Apolda is located in Thuringia, 15km north of Jena. The town looks back on 1000 years of history. In the early 20th century the car maker "Apollo-Werke AG" built here the cars Apollo and Piccolo. What most people do not know the Doberman was breed here by Friedrich Louis Dobermann (1834 - 1894) .
Dornburg is a small town 13km away from Jena and 15km from Apolda. The main attractions are the three castles towering on a steep one hundred meter high cliff. The town has less then 1000 inhabitants but looks back on a more then 1000 year long history.
Camburg is a small town with less then 3000 inhabitants in the Saale Valley, 15km away from Apolda. It is popular for the lime stone formation. The lime stone plates were leveled up due to tectonic movement. Quite impressive!
The Saale Valley has always attracted kings and dukes to built their lodges and castles here. The river has formed terraces and steep cliffs over the past 10,000 years. Long cycle routes and hiking tracks can be found here. Here you have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Goethe and Schiller, who loved to spend their holidays here. It is also Germany's northernmost wine-growing region.
Close to the Thuringian Forest, next to the Autobahn 4 between Gotha and Erfurt, the so-called "Three Gleichens" are situated on three individual hills. According to a legend a lightning stroke three fortresses at the same time in a stormy night in May 1231, causing huge fires that could be seen from far away. [German word gleich = like, or resembling].
I was on the Gleichen Fortress, the northernmost one, in March 2003. There is no asphalted road so you need good sneakers to climb up the hill. The path was really muddy and sometimes steep but the panorama view from top worth the struggle.
Erfurt is the capital of Thuringia, the green state in Germany’s heart. Erfurt has always attracted famous people: Goethe, Schiller and Bach studied here, even Martin Luther spent some semesters at the university which was founded as early as the 14th century. In 1990 the beauty of the old half-timbered and renaissance style buildings around the Cathedral (photo) were restored.
Gera, chartered in 1224, has about 120,000 inhabitants and is Thuringia's second biggest town, situated on the Weisse Elster River. It is situated in the east of Thuringia, halfway from Erfurt to Dresden.
Gera's town centre is completely restored and invites for window-shopping and walking.
Jena, also called the Silicon Valley of the East is the first address for optic- and high tech-technology and is seat of about 30 scientific facilities. Today Jena has around 100,000 inhabitants. The founding of the university in 1558 made Jena one of the most popular places to study in all Germany. Great German poets taught or supported the university, like Goethe and Schiller.
Paulinzella is with its about 100 inhabitants a very small and historic town in the Thuringia Forest. The town was founded by Paulina, a Saxon aristocrat in the valley of the Rottenbach creek between 1102 and 1105 and attracts with its huge Benedictian monastery church. Since the 16th century, Paulinzella served as a department for the Earls and the later Princes of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. It became a favourite hunting lodge for them.
Altenburg is situated 45 km (28 mi) south of Leipzig and is well-known as “Skat-City”. It was first mentioned in 976 and became capital of the duchy Saxony-Altenburg in 1603. After World War One it became part of the state of Thuringia.
In Altenburg playing cards have been manufactured for over 400 years and since 1927 the “Skat Court” has its headquarter in Altenburg and judges in disputes referring to the game.
Theaterplatz 2, (formerly Mercure Grand), Erfurt, Thuringia, 99084, Germany
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Fritz-Koch-Strasse 12, Eisenach, Thuringia, 99817, Germany
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