For curious people

Always looking for the hidden gem around the corner? Thuringia’s towns and cities may be your choice of a travel destination then.  Like Erfurt for example. The description of the old town as having ‘one of Germany’s largest historical city centres’ doesn’t prepare you for its beauty. And this is not just about architecture, it’s about having all things in one place that make your stay likewise pleasant and entertaining: be it the beer-garden next to the river, the life music in a traditional German ‘Kneipe’ or the shopping on a medieval bridge. The secret of Erfurt? Probably the mixture of historical and easy-going. And it is just so beautiful! Thuringia is full of new experiences. 

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Windischenstraße in Weimar
Getting to know the real Weimar

Hidden gems of Weimar

Weimar is the home of German Classicism. But it is also so much more than that. Anyone who takes a leisurely stroll through its enchanting old lanes will discover a town full of charm, with secluded spots, friendly people and lovely little shops.
Der Märchendom
Tales from another world

Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes

If you think the days when making a wish used to work have long since gone, think again! Deep down below a mountain in Thuringia you can still find magical beings who will take you on a journey to a world where dreams come true.
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’.
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!
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!
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.
at the Bachstelze

La Vie en rose

Located on the outskirts of the state capital Erfurt, directly in the countryside, #Bachstelzenflavour impresses with delicious, regional and handmade cuisine that makes even die-hard gourmets' mouths water.
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.
Krämerbrücke in Erfurt
Erfurt’s Krämerbrücke – a microcosm of craft and creativity

A bridge of merchants and more

Come along, down into the cold depth of the cellar. But remember to keep your head down and watch where you put your feet. These stone steps have been worn out over hundreds of years. We are headed into the interior of a bridge pier.
Buchenwald im Hainich
Woodland going wild again

UNESCO World Heritage Hainich National Park

What would the world look like without us? If there weren’t any people, just nature, completely untouched. Beech trees as far as the eye can see, the air filled with a fungal, earthy aroma. The Hainich region is one of the last remnants of the ancient woodland that once covered large swathes of central Europe. At around 130 square kilometres, it is Germany’s largest unbroken area of deciduous forest. Its southern section is a national park, which became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany in 2011. Although at first glance its natural landscape might not seem quite as spectacular as chalk cliffs, coral reefs or canyons, it is nevertheless unique and provides a very special habitat for many rare species.
Erfurter Krämerbrücke in der Abenddämmerung
Views from the Merchants’ Bridge

A stroll around Erfurt

Thuringia’s capital is famous for the Merchants’ Bridge, the cathedral and other historical sights. But there is much more to be discovered on a stroll around the city: quiet corners, green spaces and quaint shops run by charming people.
Frauen essen  Thüringer Rostbratwurst, Ferienhaus Lichtung Ruhla
Ode an ein kulinarisches Must-have in Thüringen

Have a break – have a Bratwurst

Weder als Einheimischer, noch als Reisender kommt man um sie drum herum: Von Altenburg bis Eisenach, von Nordhausen bis Meiningen – überall steigt einem der würzige, appetitmachende Bratwurstduft in die Nase. Obwohl, das kann einem durchaus auch in Australien, Kanada oder Vietnam passieren. Ja, Ihr lest richtig, auch hier wird die beliebte Bratwurst gegrillt – oder besser gesagt: gerostert. Denn wir Thüringer bezeichnen sie häufig auch als „Roster“. Gebraten wird eine echte Thüringer Rostbratwurst auf dem Holzkohlegrill, und zwar über das ganze Jahr hinweg.
A visit to Leuchtenburg Castle

Smashing porcelain for good luck

Have you ever deliberately smashed a plate? I’ve only done it accidentally, and then cursed myself for losing a piece of my lovely crockery. But when I visited Leuchtenburg Castle I did just that – I broke some porcelain on purpose! And along the way I saw and experienced even more curious things …
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.
Strolling along Lange Bruecke in Erfurt

A shopping street that hits all the right notes

Lange Bruecke in Erfurt is home to small independent shops full of charm and character – unique stores that are not part of a big chain and offer a shopping experience with a personal touch. Come and join us as we explore this delightful street and meet the friendly faces behind the shopfronts.
Primeval forest on the doorstep

The treetop trail in Hainich National Park

Ever wondered what a primeval forest looks like from above? Find out on the treetop trail in Hainich National Park. But hang on a minute, a primeval forest in the heart of Thuringia? Don’t worry, you won’t need to channel your inner Indiana Jones and battle your way through a jungle. Comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure are all you need for this memorable trip.
Out and about with the Thuringia.MyCulture. app

Exploring Thuringia’s palaces

If someone mentions Thuringia, the first things that come to my mind are bratwurst sausages, the Thuringian Forest with the Rennsteig Trail, and tasty Thuringian dumplings – but palaces? Not so much.
Born-Senf-Laden in Erfurt
Ein Erfurter Original und die beste Bratwurst der Stadt

Born® Senf-Laden in Erfurt

Wenn man im August oder September über das Land fährt und die Felder in leuchtendem Gelb erstrahlen, wundert sich der ein oder andere, warum denn schon wieder der Raps blüht. Was viele nicht wissen ist, dass die gelbe Blütenpracht keinesfalls Raps, sondern die Senfpflanze ist. Denn im Thüringer Becken und im Unstrut-Hainichkreis wird die Hauptzutat für den beliebten Erfurter Born Senf angebaut. Seit über zehn Jahren werden für die Senfherstellung ausschließlich die gelben Senfsamen aus Thüringen verwendet.
Springtime magic at Leuchtenburg Castle

Waking from hibernation

Temperatures are beginning to rise and nature is bursting out in bright green colours after days of sunshine interspersed with a few sharp showers. In the morning, I am woken by birdsong outside the window. I wonder what they’ve got to shout about? Perhaps they’re discussing what to do on this beautiful spring day. I for one already know: I’m off to Leuchtenburg Castle. I’ve heard it has cast off the last traces of winter and the hustle and bustle of the medieval Christmas market is now a distant memory. The castle has awoken from hibernation.