Thuringia says “Hei”

Norwegian idyll

Deep, dense forests exude an idyllic tranquillity. The water meanders gracefully through the landscape past steep slopes. The gaze turns upwards to a clear, starry sky and the spectacle of the northern lights. Hjertelig velkommen! We give you tips for nature-oriented, Scandinavian experiences in Thuringia.

The Thuringian Sea

We have an affectionate nickname for this special region: the Thuringian Sea. In actual fact, viewed from a distance, the huge expanse of water framed by deep forests looks like a Scandinavian fjord landscape. The region is Europe’s largest contiguous reservoir area. This charming landscape has the gentle meanders of the River Saale to thank.

The Saale Cycle Trail - sometimes wild, sometimes dreamy

Lap 3 and 4 take you along the Saale reservoirs over 85 kilometres through the Thuringian Slate Mountains/Upper Saale nature park. You will overcome many breathtaking slopes and enjoy magnificent views of the water-rich landscape. Between Linkenmühle and Altenroth the trail even runs directly across the water: here the Mühlenfähre, Thuringia's only car ferry, takes you safely to the other shore.

Tip: You can also explore the area on foot via the Hohenwarte Stausee Path ... or on water under your own steam in a rowing boat ... or as a guest on a ship that guides you through the Saale cascades.

Sternenpark Rhön

Staying outside on a clear starry night and allowing the dark to unfold is particularly worth it in the Rhön. Because the area is sparsely populated, it’s dark enough here at night to easily see the stars, planets and the Milky Way. If you’re very lucky, you might even get to spot the northern lights.

Further info: Sternenpark Rhön

A retreat surrounded by nature

You want to escape from your everyday life and spend a few days in nature? We have compiled a list of the most attractive retreats in Thuringia. Here you will find peace and a slower pace of life and can recharge your batteries amidst the nature of Thuringia. We wish you an idyllic break!

Read more: Nature-oriented accommodation: a date with nature

Zeulenrodaer Sea

The Zeulenroda reservoir lies in the Vogtland, nestled in a picturesque landscape. We affectionately dub it the Zeulenrodaer Sea. The reservoir is surrounded by gently rolling hills and forests.

Tip: Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature on the Talsperrenweg Zeulenroda trail. The hiking trail will also take you to the Weida reservoir. For an easy loop route with the family, we recommend the Promenade path. Or a Nordic walking route through the wild, romantic Weidatal valley.

More Info: Zeulenrodaer Sea


Title images: ©Florian Trykowski, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH.

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