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.

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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.
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.
Lutherdenkmal vor der Kaufmannskirche, Erfurt
Martin Luther’s Thuringian towns and cities

Words and places

Martin Luther’s longest trip took him all the way to Rome, but he was generally more likely to be found travelling around the towns and cities of Thuringia, where he filled the churches with his sermons, met friends, debated with religious opponents and visited monasteries. Here are some of our tips for days out in the heart of Reformation country at five important locations associated with Martin Luther in Thuringia.
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!
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.
Krämerbrücke
Expeditions into Jewish life in a city

Gems of Jewish culture in Erfurt

Exciting city history, found treasure, and a medieval community: expeditions into jewish life in Erfurt
Schloss Kochberg
Kochberg Castle and Park

Goethe and Charlotte

The wife of Freiherr von Stein went for walks here with the great poet, and her son Carl transformed the estate into a garden paradise. Goethe visited often, and with good reason. His close friend Charlotte von Stein, lady-in-waiting to Duchess Anna Amalia, had her country residence at Kochberg Castle.
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 …
Das Weingut Zahn, Blick von der Terasse in die Weinberge
Fine wine, fine food and unmissable events

The Zahn vineyard

In the small village of Kaatschen, one timber-framed house follows another. The Saale river flows along one side, while on the other the hills are covered in vines. The entrance to the village is a glorious sight as you cross the Saale river on a stone bridge into the district of Grossheringen. This idyllic spot is home to the Zahn winegrowing estate, and behind its wooden gates lies the restaurant with its inviting terrace. Here, vines grow above the heads of the guests to create a natural green roof.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!

Wartburg Castle - Truly fascinating

 

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