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    Saale Valley

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    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.

    Saale Valley near Jena

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    Waltershausen

    by ATLC Written May 10, 2009

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    Waltershausen was our last stop before returning home. It's a charming small town and boasts the oldest and certainly very large organ from the Bach period (1722). We wandered around the church for a while, making photos of the grand instrument. I hope to hear it some day, during a concert.

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    Apolda, bell museum

    by ATLC Updated May 10, 2009

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    A slight detour on our way to Weimar to Apolda to visit the bell museum there, being a bell ringer myself as you may remember from my Brielle page. Anyway, Apolda itself has not yet recovered from the DDR period, you can see the former grandeur but it is still unrestaured and looking rather glum (especially when it's drizzling!).
    The bell museum itself was very nice. Lots of referrals to Apolda's own bell factory, and lots of examples of (very old) bells from Europe and the rest of the world (China for instance).

    Apolda bell museum (Glockenmuseum) Apolda bell museum (Glockenmuseum) Photo exhibited in Apolda bell museum Apolda bell museum (Glockenmuseum) Bus stop Apolda bell museum
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    Dornheim

    by ATLC Written May 9, 2009

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    This is the village church where Bach married. Many people visit these days. It has been completely restaured and looks very beautiful. If you like, you can play the organ (which we did!). More photos to follow once I get my Dornheim page up.

    Dornheim, church graveyard, well kept Dornheim, village

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    Arnstadt

    by ATLC Updated May 9, 2009

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    Arnstadt has a charming old city center atop a hill, and here JS Bach had his first job as church organ player. You can visit the house where he lived, and there's a museum. Various nice places to have lunch and you can do some modest shopping and a walk around the old town which is nice.

    Statue of Bach as a young man, Arnstadt Arnstadt organ Arnstadt is a friendly little place
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    Leipzig

    by ATLC Written May 8, 2009

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    Well uh, Leipzig is not in Land Thuringen, but at 180 kms from our accommodation address in Finsterbergen, and our holiday being themed around JS Bach, the city had to be included.
    Thomaskirche and Nicolaikirche, that's where our composer worked. Also the Nicolaikirche (church) played an important part in 'Die Wende', end of the Iron Curtain era.
    Finally, shopping and some rather good cake at an old coffee house.

    Arnstadt Arnstad, Bach church
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    Erfurt

    by ATLC Written May 8, 2009

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    Erfurt boasts a great big church with a huge bell (The Maria Gloriosa, 11.000 kg, cast in The Netherlands), also one of the biggest market squares in Europe, and some lovely (Renaissance) architecture, and the typical charming nooks and crannies of a city stemming from the Medieval era.

    Erfurter Dom Erfurt from above
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    Leuchtenburg Kahla - The well

    by elgin99 Written Jul 13, 2007

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    In the year 1552 four miners from Saalfeld pushed after hard work of some months on water, they had achieved a depth of 80 m. So they maked the second deepest well at that time for Thuringia .

    The windlass already became taken off 1690 by a big traversing wheel. It should remain almost 200 years into its function. Countless prisoners promoted the water in hard work from the depth of the internal width mountain.
    A film talks about the hisstory and technology of the fountain during the visit.

    the well, outside technic of well in the wheel
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    Castle Leuchtenburg, Kahla

    by elgin99 Written Jul 13, 2007

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    The little town Kahla has a long tradition of porcelain manufcture. The town lies at 340 kilometer long porcelain street and has only 7 thousand inhabitants. With its green and natural surounding and impressive castle, the Leuchtenburg, in the valley of river Saale the town is recommandably for tourists. Close to town Jena you can reach that place and the castle via Autobahn A4. There are always signs to Kahla and in the town up to Leuchtenburg. The castle itsself has many exhibitions, esp. one unique collection of porcelain, historical rooms, wine cellar, dungeon and museum about porcelain manufacture and the heavy life of porcellain maker families in last century.
    From the tower you get a fascinating view across the town and wonderful landscape.

    Double walls, embankment ditch and fortified towers present themselves in a rare originality. There is a Middle Ages spectacle every year at Easter. The festival presents "summer sounds" high-class theatre and music evenings in summer. Possibly the name "Light castle" explains itself from this -- as the castle is shining over a long distance. Castle is found in the documents first time on April 15th, 1221. The castle was princely office and topmost dish authority (1396 -- 1702), cultivation, arms and lunatic asylum (1724-1871) of the dukedom Saxony Altenburg and a popular Wanderziel and meeting place of the youth movement into the 1920s years.

    The castle hasdeveloped itself to a tourist magnet, whether as a luxurious hotel (1871 to 1951), youth hostel (1920 -- 1997) or high-class museum (since 1906) .

    Webseite has many pictures (buttom museum).

    tower from inside courtyard exhibition room hall view from tower a living room
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    Drei Gleichen - three castles

    by elgin99 Updated Apr 11, 2007

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    The name for the castle ensemble means " Three of same " should have originated after the tradition because in a May night of 1231 a ball lightning has lit all three castles all at once and they were to be seen like blazing torches far out in the land.
    Probably, however, one of three castles, Burg Gleichen, gave to the area his name.

    The castle Burg Gleichen in the old connecting road between Franc and Thuringia presumably originated at the beginning of the 11th century among the counts of Weimar Orlamünde. From the platform of the tower you will have an unique view over the Thuringian scenery. Benches in the castle court and in the entrance to the castle invite to have a rest. In the tower room there is a small exhibit which mediates of interesting piece of information about the Gleichen area.

    All three castles lie in visibility to each other. In the middle through them is the highway A4.

    The castle Mühlberg is the oldest castle arrangement of the Gleichen area and was mentioned 309 for the first time.

    The best-receiving Veste Wachsenburg was built in the 10th century, is formerly seat of the infamous predatory knight Apel of Vitzthum. It belongs to the country of Thuringia, owns a museum and is already since long time a feudal hotel.

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    Wachsenburg 1 and European Castle

    Panorama-Wandersleber Gl., left back Wachsenburg Castle Gleichen, Wandersleben Veste Wachsenburg
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    Salzmannschule - oldest Philantropin in Germany

    by elgin99 Updated Nov 13, 2006

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    ... and it was "my school".

    Christian Gotthilf Salzmann, priest's son from Sömmerda came in 1784 to Schnepfenthal to found an own reformatory. He brought the ideas of the Philantropismus.

    From many countries of Germany, partly also of the foreign country the pupils came to Schnepfenthal. The significant pedagogues whose names are known over the borders of Thuringia, were teachers in Schnepfenthal, thus among others C.F.GutsMuths (founded school sport), J.M.Bechstein (founder of the first forest school), Carl Ritter (founder of the modern geography), Franz Schober (author of many Schubert's songs).
    Almost all significant names of 18th and beginning 19th century are to be found in the visitors' book of the institution.The Salzmannschule is the oldest and only Philantropin which has outlasted the centuries!
    Who knows that Daimler (Daimler/Benz cars), Siemens (yes, that man) Meyer (dictionaries), Springer (famous publisher and journalist), Brockhaus, other publishers, Götz of Berlichingen, many children nearly of all the big houses of princes, painters, authors, musicians, inventors, famous researchers, scientists and academics, famous generals, numerous ministers, other famous politicians, famous actors, world champions and Olympic winners, of whole Europe here have gone to school?
    The school was renovated now, got some new parts, and today it is a special high school for foreign languages.
    Everyone of us is very proud to have gone to school here. That was always the most important thing: we were always educated for the preservation of the individualism. Also during the time of the GDR - one exception.
    The school has an interesting architecture (inside an own organ), lies on the mountain about the village Schnepfenthal and has a worth seeing museum and the first place for school sport in Germany.

    Salzmannschule Schnepfenthal,historic picture on way to school... my way in youth DDH; Denke, Dulde, Handle motto of sch/ in German the old lime, planted of Salzmann himself today
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    Georgeous and Surprise- Stadtkirche Waltershausen

    by elgin99 Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    The city church " for the God's help " in Waltershausen is a Protestant church in Waltershausen. It is a baroque central construction and counts as that official precursor of the Dresdener Frauenkirche.
    She accommodates the biggest baroque organ of Thuringia (see next tip here).

    In the Middle Ages stood on the today's place the "dear Church of Our Lady". This was a Late-Gothic hall church which was mentioned 1326 for the first time in a document. In 1719 the foundation-stone of the current construction was laid and initiated on the 24th November, 1723.
    In the nave there is a baroque cover painting of the Gothaer court painter Ritter. Between 1992 and 1996 were carried out restoration work in the church.
    In December, 2004 a new middle bell was poured in Passau and was consecrated on the 26th December, 2004. Now the old bell which has a downpour mistake stands before the church.

    The church officially counts as a precursor of the world-famous Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady" in Dresden, because their construction documents were used by the construction of the Dresden church. It is a splendid and bright church which offers place to 1200 people. The regular organ concerts are something marvellous.

    organ and painting the church floors the altar church from out view to town hall and the bell
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    Biggest Baroque Organ in Thuringia

    by elgin99 Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    In the church of Waltershausen you see the biggest baroque organ in Thuringia. It was built by Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost till 1730, but was finished by an unknown organ builder. She is about 8 m high and broadly and has more than 2800 whistles which are still the originals to 70%. She is unique also in her sound.
    From 1995 till May, 1998 the organ was restored by the organ building company of Waltershausen.
    That concerts therein the church are unique!
    They mean that on no other organ it is to play and sound Bach better.

    front of organ view from third and highest floor duning the play from beside total view
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    Palace Altenstein in Liebenstein-part2, in park

    by elgin99 Written Oct 7, 2006

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    The whole park offers many places of interest.

    The Torresfelsen: here a predatory knight castle stood since the 7-th century, destroyed in 1733 by fire. Rests of the old castle are still recognizable.

    Indolino figure: In 1890 this bronze figure was established together with a water basin near the carpet patch in the castle. It is the copy of a boy's statue according to antique model. "God's small picture" (Indolino)

    Knight's chapel: about 1800, never for Christian service thought, supposed that was used as a meeting place of the Masonic lodge. From there a marvellous panorama.

    Indolino vie from Chapel to Liebenstein Ritterkapelle, Chapel Torresfelsen, Rock Torres in the park
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    Palace Altenstein in Liebenstein-part 1, castle

    by elgin99 Updated Oct 7, 2006

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    Altenstein (Old stone) is a part of town of Bad (spa) Liebenstein in Thuringia since the 1970s. It concerns a castle with wide and wonderful park which counts with a surface of about 160 hectares to the biggest parks of Germany. Centre of the extensive scenery park is a castle building according to English model which was reshaped several times.
    724 the establishment of a chapel with priest's house occurred through the Saint Bonifatius. The first documentary mention of a castle on the stone dates from 774.
    About 1150 "Neuenburg" is established on the Bonifatiusfelsen (Bonifatuis Rock) by the monastery of Fulda. This castle is given to Messrs. von Frankenstein as a fief. Since then the former stone carries the name " old stone ".
    In 1733 the castle is destroyed by fire, begun in 1799 with the reconstruction and begun with the marvellous park. Famous landscape gardeners formed the park.
    During the II-nd World War was the castle Military hospital, in 1982 there raged again a fire. In 1984 the reconstruction began. In 1995 it came to the possession of the endowment of Thuringian Castles and Gardens and is reconstructed since that time. The completion is planned till 2010. By now the wonderful wide park with his arrangements and old trees deserves a visit.
    In the part 2 of the tips I introduce the other.
    No fee for visit.

    Altenstein, Bad Liebenstein, castle Altenstein, view from entrance Altenstein, view from Bonifatius rock Bonifatius rock Altenstein Altenstein
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