For history fans

In Thuringia, fascinating stories are waiting at every corner, an exciting mix of culture and nature. Only very special places can send pleasant shivers down your spine: the Luther Room at the famed Wartburg Castle, the medieval Erfurt Treasure, the legendary Rennsteig Trail and Weimar’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Meet historic personalities and embark on a journey between an impressive past and a lively present.

Which historical heritage places do you want to discover?

Bienenwiese auf Schloss Tonndorf
Cycling in the Ilm valley

Bees in a sea of blossoms

Rambling roses and old fruit trees are a common sight in the middle valley of the Ilm river, which flows at a leisurely pace past rolling hills, idyllic villages and meadows buzzing with bees – perfect for a laid-back cycling trip.
Auf der Bühne des Ekhof-Theaters Gotha, Inszenierung „Marc´Antonio e Cleopatra“ von Johann Adolph Hasse
The Ekhof Theatre in Gotha

Travelling through time to the Baroque period

The enchanting moment lasts just under seven seconds. A bell rings - and the curtains move with a gentle rattle as if moved by magic. The cliffs rise up, and the forest approaches. Afterwards the opera begins without interruption. Welcome to the small Baroque world of the Ekhof Theatre in Gotha, a cradle of modernday theatre culture!
Cranach-Altar in der Kirche St. Peter und St. Paul in Weimar
On the trail of Cranach in Thuringia

Art and passion

Lucas Cranach the Elder was one of the most exciting artists of his time. He was friends with Martin Luther and printed flyers for the Reformation, yet he still had Catholic patrons …
Herzogin-Anna-Amalia-Bibliothek in Weimar, Rokokosaal
World Heritage in Weimar

A German Classic?

Weimar boasts a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage, with a total of 19 individual sites. The Classical Weimar ensemble comprises 16 locations, while ‘Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau’ includes three sites in Weimar. Weimar is steeped in culture; it offers encounters with literary history and celebrated intellectuals around every corner. The leading thinkers of the classical era were Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Martin Wieland and Gottfried Herder, but women such as the Duchess Anna Amalia and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna also had influential roles. We have brought some aspects of classical Weimar to life – featuring the people and stories associated with the individual locations.
Das Weingut Zahn, Blick von der Terasse in die Weinberge
Feine Weine, erstklassiges Restaurant, spannende Events

Das Weingut ZAHN

In der kleinen Gemeinde Kaatschen reiht sich ein Fachwerkhaus ans andere. Auf der einen Seite fließt die Saale gemächlich dahin, auf der anderen Seite liegen kleine Berge voller Weingärten. Schon die Ortseinfahrt ist ein Genuss: Über eine steinerne Brücke geht es über die Saale hinein in den Ortsteil von Großheringen. Hier, in dieser idyllischen Lage, liegt das Weingut Zahn – und hinter dem alten hölzernen Tor wird es noch ein kleines Stück romantischer: Hier befindet sich das Restaurant mit gemütlicher Terrasse. Wein rankt über den Köpfen der Besucher und bildet ein natürliches grünes Dach.
Außenansicht Museum Neues Weimar
A conversation with curator Sabine Walter of the Museum Neues Weimar.

The Bauhaus didn’t come out of nowhere!

Around the turn of the 19th century, three major figures in Weimar were committed to establishing a glittering new era which they described as the ‘new Weimar’. A permanent exhibition dedicated to them opened at the Museum Neues Weimar in 2019. It portrays the emergence of the modernist movement and its role as precursor to the Bauhaus in Weimar using outstanding international examples of realist, impressionist and art nouveau works. We are talking to Sabine Walter, the curator who was instrumental in putting together the permanent exhibition ‘Van de Velde, Nietzsche and Modernism around 1900’ at the Museum Neues Weimar.
Bauhaus-Museum Weimar
Exploring the Bauhaus-Museum Weimar

Modernism cubed

As the saying goes, there’s no accounting for taste. The new Bauhaus Museum, which opened in Weimar in 2019, has certainly been controversial. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar foundation, together with the architect, Heike Hanada, opened the innovative building to coincide with the Bauhaus centenary in Weimar. Since then it has been home to the oldest Bauhaus collection in the world, compiled by Walter Gropius himself.
Historischer Festsaal auf der Wartburg
Richard Wagner in Thuringia

Experience music and more in original settings

Wagner was no stranger to Thuringia. He visited the Venus Grotto and Wartburg Castle, where he found inspiration for his opera Tannhäuser, stayed in Meiningen with the duke and his family and obtained a fake passport in Jena. His legacy reflects the way he lived his life – bold, unconventional and full of drama …
Stelzen bei Reuth Festival, agricultural machinery symphony, romantic duet between saxophones and tractor engines ©Gregor Lengler, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Stelzen bei Reuth Festival

A symphony with tractors

The Stelzen Festival (stilt festival), held in the far south-east of Thuringia, may well be the quirkiest music festival in Germany. Every year, the latest version of the ‘agricultural machinery symphony’ kicks off a whole weekend of music interspersed with a generous helping of humour.
Haus der Weimarer Republik
History lessons at the House of the Weimar Republic

A globetrotter on staycation

“Hi, my name is Anna. I’m from Thuringia in Germany.” I’ve lost track of how often I have said those words. I’m a youthful 35, unattached, carefree and always keen to learn new things. After finishing my degree and spending quite a bit of time abroad I got a job in international marketing. Travel has always been my great passion. Exploring new cultures and different countries – and getting to know the locals properly – are what I like doing best. Now I have friends all over the world. Some people call me a globetrotter, but I’m always happy to return home to Thuringia.
Hauptgebäude der Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar (UNESCO-Welterbe)
Questions and answers on the Bauhaus

The Bauhaus concept

It originated in Weimar. And it went on to conquer the world – and our living rooms …
Kann das Bauhaus ein Klassiker sein?
A journey of discovery through Weimar and Thuringia

Modernist architecture – the Bauhaus.

“Square, triangle and circle – red, blue and yellow.” Form follows function. Timeless design, art, culture and modern architecture that are well ahead of their time? In 1919, the world is in upheaval.
Timeless classics

Bauhaus UNESCO World Heritage sites in Weimar

More than 100 years ago, the most influential art school of the early 20th century opened its doors in Weimar. Its founder, Walter Gropius, couldn’t have known back then that the revolutionary ideas of the Bauhaus would go on to conquer the world, and would continue to influence the work of many architects and designers to this day. Although there are authentic Bauhaus locations all over Thuringia, Weimar should be at the top of your must-see list, as it has three Bauhaus sites that were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996.
Exploring the city with Thuringia.MyCulture.

A horticultural tour of Erfurt

Erfurt, the Thuringian state capital, is famous for its centuries-old horticultural tradition, first established in the 1800s by Christian Reichart, the Thuringian who raised plant cultivation in Germany to a professional level. Later there were major Erfurt horticultural dynasties such as Blumenschmidt, Haage and Chrestensen, and specific Thuringian plant and flower varieties. Erfurt’s success as a centre of gardening and growing has left its mark in many places. Although I have been here for more than ten years, I still have plenty to learn about the city I call home, as is so often the case. So with the help of the Thuringia.MyCulture. digital travel guide I’m embarking on a tour of discovery of ‘Erfurt – city of flowers’.
Blick auf Schloss Belvedere aus der Vogelperspektive
Weimar’s green spaces

Garden design on the river Ilm

“Paths are silent guides,” says Andreas Pahl, quoting the great landscape gardener Prince Pückler and points to a romantic, moss-covered stone structure flanked by a curved bridge – a picture-perfect ruin. The spruce trees nearby were by no means coincidental either. Weimar’s green spaces are admirable!
Erfurter Dom und Severi Kirche im Sonnenaufgang mit Stadtblick
Later interior inspection not excluded

Cathedral from the outside

You want to enjoy the beautiful weather, but still get to know one of Erfurt's highlights? No problem. The charm of Erfurt Cathedral is also accessible from the outside. For the monumental impression, the best way to get to the cathedral square is through the narrow Mettengasse. Then the aha effect is greater. The Domberg on the west side of the square is then directly in front of you. On top of it two churches. Why are there two? That could be a longer story. We try to make it short and give you rather three tips for a "cathedral experience from the outside".
Das Lutherhaus in Eisenach
From Wartburg Castle to the Luther House in Eisenach

How words changed world history

A truly historical location: the legendary Luther Room at the mighty Wartburg Castle, which has towered majestically above the Thuringian town of Eisenach for nearly a thousand years and attracts almost half a million visitors every year. This is where Martin Luther produced his translation of the New Testament in only eleven weeks, while he was in hiding under the alias of Squire George after being arrested 500 years ago.
Die Wartburg von oben
A five-part walking tour

Exploring Wartburg Castle

Wartburg Castle is located pretty much exactly in the geographical centre of Germany – as befits its historical significance. Allow at least half a day to visit one of Germany’s most famous castles – and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1999 – as there are plenty of exciting things to discover here. A walking tour in five parts.
Sonnenuntergang auf der Wartburg
The majestic "Grande Dame" of Thuringia

Wartburg Castle – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wartburg Castle, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, is not only the most important castle in Germany but also a location with its own distinctive charm and dignity. Here are five reasons why everyone needs to visit Wartburg Castle at least once in their life...
Ausstellung im Bachhaus in Eisenach
Johann Sebastian Bach in Thuringia

A life of music

Throughout his life, the most famous scion of the Bach dynasty, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), proved that musicians are a restless sort … Bach was born in Eisenach, while Weimar, Ohrdruf, Arnstadt and Mühlhausen had the good fortune to provide a home to his talent, even if his paymasters of the time did not always appreciate it.
Zarte Versuchung in historischem Gemäuer: Lammhaxe mit Erbsmousse und Semmelkloß
Romantic Hotel at Wartburg Castle

The latest from the castle kitchen

Think Wartburg Castle, think myth, history and ancient stone. But at Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg, head chef Annett Reinhardt is using a light touch to transform historical menus and Thuringian traditions into fabulous contemporary dishes.

Wartburg Castle - Truly fascinating

 

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