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Sightseeing in Thuringia - what to see. Complete travel guide

Every city of Thuringia is a unique historical center with many attractions, museums, theaters and other cultural and entertainment facilities. The capital of the province is the city of Erfurt located in the heart of Germany. Since ancient times, it has been the most important commercial and industrial area; in the Middle Ages it was famous for its universities. Today, visitors can see magnificent half-timbered houses and buildings in the Renaissance style, the famous Thuringian Bridge and many other notable historic buildings.
Thuringia is the unique region famous for its centuries-old culinary traditions and an abundance of amazing restaurants. The basis of the national cuisine is represented by incredibly … Open
The city of Jena is known as the intellectual center, but those were not universities that made it famous. It is notable because of unusual glass that was produced by local factories. Today, you can learn the history and development of the industrial sector during an excursion to the Museum of optics situated on picturesque Carl Zeiss Platz. The museum has the world's largest collection of glasses, as well as antique optical instruments. The age of some exhibits is more than five hundred years. Near the museum there is the Planetarium, which will also please the guests with interesting excursions.
The second largest city of the province is Hera, the birthplace of the famous painter, Otto Dix. The most remarkable cultural center of the city is the art museum representing more than 400 works of the great painter. Holidaymakers would appreciate the local market that is a true monument of architecture. Another notable architectural landmark is the Town Hall erected in the 16th century, as well as Geraer Hohler. The latest attraction is represented by deep cellars, which are 10 km long. In the 16th century, cellars for breweries have been installed at those niches. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Locals honor traditions of their ancestors. Each year indigenous people celebrate a variety of festivals, many of which are very popular among foreign travelers. Erfurt is considered the … Open
The main attraction of Eisenach is Wartburg Castle, which has many eminent masters during its long history. Various interesting legends are associated with this castle, as it has witnessed important historical events. Weimar would be amazing to those fond of sightseeing. Beautiful parks, historic buildings and monuments, ancient libraries and palaces - local amenities are numerous. Art historians, hikers and those who want to bring out a lot of souvenirs would like Thuringen.
In the region, there is the beautiful National Hainich Park. Most of its part is occupied by the forest. Here, you can admire the incredibly beautiful pristine nature. The vegetation in this place is so lush that it resembles the jungle. It is difficult to imagine that there was a large military base several decades ago. Today, nothing reminds of its existence. Many rare animals dwell on the territory of the national park. Here, you can see even feral cats that only dwell in some forests of the world.
Fabulously beautiful scenery, spectacular medieval fortresses and castles, ancient monasteries and charming streets of the old town shrouded with amazing stories give Thuringia its special … Open
The unique attraction of the national park is the Poor Oak, a big tree that is aged over a thousand years. For hundreds of years of its existence, the big thorough hollow has been formed in the oak. The oak was called like this due to the interesting historical fact. For hundreds of years, wayfarers had been placing alms for strolling monks in a small hollow.
Everyone who loves unusual nature attractions should explore the surroundings of Saalfeld. There are Fairy Caves, unique grottoes that are listed in the Guiness Book of Records. The total length of the caves is over 500 meters. Their walls are painted in all the colors of the rainbow. During excursions, you can admire beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and listen to amazing legends connected with fabulous places. Several years ago, the wedding hall was opened in one of the grottoes. Unique caves have a romantic atmosphere and are very popular with newlyweds and couples.
Thuringia is considered one of the best regions in Germany in terms of hiking and outdoor activities. Travelers could find a wide selection of traditional entertainment and shopping venues … Open
You can admire unique medieval attractions in Eisenach. Its main symbol is the Wartburg Castle. It was built in the 11th century and is an outstanding monument in the Roman style. Originally, the castle was built for defensive purposes. Important cultural events were regularly held here, which explains its festive exterior. Today, the entire territory of the old castle is open for visitors that can take excursions here. When walking along the historic district of Eisenach, you can admire fabulous half-timbered houses and see the narrowest house in Germany, which facade is little more than 2 m. A lot of city attractions are associated with Martin Luther.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Thuringia
♥   Castle 'Schloss Belvedere' , 35.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burg Blankenburg' , 49.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Schloss Elisabethenburg' , 57.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rudelsburg' , 61.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Gleichen' , 73.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Thuringia
♥   National Park 'Hainich' , 29.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Harz' , 88.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Thuringia and around
♥   Art museum 'Angermuseum' Erfurt, 13.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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From the series “Most Enchanting and Vibrant Festivals”
The Bengal Lights’ Night is a very symbolic event which is accompanied by a flotilla of the decorated and illuminated riverboats. It usually starts in Linz and goes to the town of Bonn. Everyone can reserve a place on one of the boats and enjoy a romantic cruise. Each ship offers its guests a unique entertainment program. Traditionally, the festival begins in early May and ends only in September and gradually turns into a series of no less interesting and unique traditional wine festivals. … Read further
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