Jewish Culture and history in Thuringia

Nine centuries of Jewish life

Thuringia uniquely combines a great architectural heritage with a long Jewish history that is still alive today. A discovery tour leads to Erfurt to the unique UNESCO ensemble of synagogue, mikveh and Stone House. But also to unexpected cultural treasures in smaller communities that tell of diverse Jewish stories in rural areas. It is a journey through several centuries - beginning in the Middle Ages, through the 19th century to the present day - which shows that in Thuringia, Jewish life and Jewish culture in all its diversity and vibrancy have a home not only in museums, but also in the here and now.

Sites of commemorative culture also play an important role in this theme.

A brief look at Jewish heritage in Erfurt

In the medieval old town of Erfurt there is a wealth of evidence of Jewish culture in everyday life and in community life. The discovery of the Erfurt Treasure in 1998 added a missing piece of the puzzle to the reconstruction of the city's Jewish history. Today, sites - including the Erfurt Treasure with its famous wedding ring - from various centuries can be explored. Exhibitions and events throughout Thuringia invite visitors to experience Jewish culture.



Around the world in Thuringia
Bonjour, Ciao, Hei, Hello in Thuringia!

Summer at last! Let’s go to France, Italy, Norway and England! Sounds like a full agenda and far away? It doesn’t have to be. A holiday in Thuringia has an international flavour. Let yourself be enchanted by the French charm of our wine regions. You will soak up an Italian atmosphere as you stroll through our old towns. Our majestic palaces and parks exude a hint of English royalty. You can enjoy Norwegian idylls in a trip on our Thuringian Sea or our lakes, or in our outdoor experiences. All of this comes with a good dash of Thuringian regional identity. We will take you with us on a trip around the world. Without having to travel far at all – Herzlich Willkommen to Thuringia! Or as our (distant) friends say: Bienvenue! Benvenuti! Velkommen! Welcome!

Jewish history in Thuringia