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Thuringia, the green state at the heart of Germany, invites you to come and discover its incredible diversity. In our state, pioneering inventions rub shoulders with wild and romantic natural scenery, a rich cultural heritage and historical settings go hand in hand with culinary treasures, great cultural events and inviting towns and cities: we think it’s the perfect place to live. We have hiking trails that have won prizes as “Germany’s Most Beautiful Trail”, making Thuringia one of the top places to actively experience nature.

Around 2.1 million people live in the state that was once the home of literary luminaries Goethe and Schiller. The fact that the Free State of Thuringia is one of the smaller states in Germany, covering around 16,000 square kilometres, says nothing about our innovative strength. Thuringia has often been at the centre of pioneering events and inventions that continue to resonate in the present. The kindergarten was invented in Thuringia, the Bible was translated, and the very first round of skat, arguably Germany’s most popular card game, was played here. Top technology from Jena and Ilmenau plays a key role in space travel, and the Bauhaus in Weimar is the cradle of modern architecture.

We look forward to celebrating German Unity Day with you in Hamburg, and we warmly invite you to discover Thuringia’s many facets – for instance, while looking out from the battlements of a Thuringian castle towards Hamburg’s horizon.

5 Highlights
in THURINGIA

Stroll through the city of Erfurt

Impressive buildings, exciting architectural traces, a deeply international spirit – the Thuringian state capital is a lively place with a youthful energy. One of the highlights is the Krämerbrücke, which is 120 metres long and is the only bridge north of the Alps with buildings on both sides.

 

 

Weimar and Bauhaus

In 1919, in Weimar Walter Gropius founded the Staatliches Bauhaus, which became the most important art school of the early 20th century in Germany and Europe. In 2023, the first Bauhaus show house, “Das Haus am Horn” in Weimar, celebrates its 100th anniversary.

The Mother of All Castles – Wartburg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Luther translated the New Testament here, and it is also associated with Saint Elisabeth, Richard Wagner and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is one of the best-preserved secular buildings of the late Romanesque period north of the Alps and was, among other things, the model for Neuschwanstein Castle.

Germany’s most famous hiking trail: the Rennsteig.

This “path through the peaks” offers plenty of spectacular views, rare plants and traditional crafts along its 169.3 kilometres. Thuringia is also one of the top hiking addresses with a total of 7,500 kilometres of signposted hiking trails.

The Thuringian bratwurst

The popular culinary speciality is one of the stars at many summer barbecues. The original sausage is 15 - 20 centimetres long and weighs 100 to 150 grams, and every master butcher has their own recipe, often based on closely-guarded family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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THE FREE STATE OF THURINGIA AT THE FESTIVAL OF GERMAN UNITY

On Mönckebergstraße, we invite you to discover Thuringia as a modern land of castles. While the Thuringian Bratwurst Museum will be serving up our iconic specialities on the three terraces, the Leuchtenburg tells the story of Thuringian porcelain art and invites you to dive into the fascinatingly tactile world of the white gold. On our “Footbridge of Wishes” you can immortalise your heart’s desire on a lucky porcelain shard. Wartburg Castle, Thuringia’s iconic landmark, is also on site and forms an intriguing connection with the Thuringian anchor stone blocks, the first construction toy in the world.

There are more than 15 castles on the façade of the Thuringian stand and the battlements of the roof terrace. Visitors are invited to dive into the inspiring world of Thuringia’s castles – there’s plenty to explore, from the Whiskyburg to the German Castle Museum, from the Middle Ages to the modern age. Explorers of all ages can answer questions about the state and take part in a prize draw. The band Murkeley will be performing on both days of the event.

Come and visit us – we look forward to welcoming you!

FOR GERMAN UNITY DAY 2023:

THE MINISTER-PRESIDENT OF THURINGIA, BODO RAMELOW

DISCOVER THURINGIA

Fascinating stories and history await at every turn in Thuringia. Set off on a trail and discover traces of the eventful past and the living present!

Step back in time to the Middle Ages with the state’s numerous castles, many perched picturesquely on mountain spurs. Visit the “mother of all castles”, Wartburg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits high above Eisenach. Martin Luther translated part of the Bible here and Richard Wagner was inspired to write his opera Tannhäuser.

With 7,500 kilometres of beautifully maintained hiking trails, Thuringia is one of the top spots to actively experience nature. Several of these kilometres connect the legendary Drei Gleichen castles (Mühlburg, Burg Gleichen and Wachsenburg, collectively called the “triplets”) between Erfurt and Gotha, which are said to have burned like three identical torches after being struck by ball lightning in 1231.

At the Leuchtenburg high above the Saale River, everything is about porcelain. The interactive, very modern exhibition not only includes the largest vase in the world, but also lets visitors smash plates to make a wish come true.

For castles inside a castle, head to Veste Heldburg in the very south of the state; since 2016, it has housed the German Castle Museum.

Thuringia is the home of castles! Discover your own personal treasure here.

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