Thuringia

Thuringia is a main tourist attraction because of its beautiful Thuringian forest, which stretches from the Werra River in the west to the Saale River in the southeast. You can and should discover this charming region by bike, by foot or even on horseback. Several tourist routes and excursions are offered.

Thuringia has quite a varied history during the 17th century it was split into more than 20 states and until 1919 it consisted of seven earldoms and one Prussian municipality. This explains the variety of small cities, villages, and the 193 castles located within its relatively small area. The most famous castle is of course the Wartburg near Eisenach, where Walther von der Vogelweide, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia and Martin Luther once lived.

==== THURINGIA – SIGHTSEEING

Thuringia is known as the land of castles and palaces. With over 400 medieval castles, many in good repair, the state of Thruingia is also known for its beautiful scenery, its central location in Germany, and of course, Thuringer sausages, which even non-Germans know of and love.

One of the longest and most famous hiking trails in Germany, the Rennsteig, which, for hundreds of years was used by people traveling across the kingdoms of the area, is dotted by castles and fortresses, old stones that commemorate years gone by, and charming inns and hotels along the 80 miles or so of trail.

The Wartburg castle is one of the most fantastic in Europe and is also a pilgrimage site for Martin Luther advocates as he wrote his translation of the New Testament into German while in exile in the castle. You can visit the home town of Carl Zeiss, founder of Zeiss , known for some of the most advanced optical developments in the world since opening in 1846.

Camera fans will really enjoy the Jena Optical Museum (Optische Museum). Thuringia was part of East Germany until reunification so many of the areas were not available to tourists from World War II until reunification.

==== THURINGIA – FAMOUS SPA

The spas in Thuringia include some of the most highly respected health resorts in Germany, including the Celtic spa of Keltenbad in Bad Salzungen which is rich in atmosphere including fireplaces in the saunas and lovely gardens. The area of Bad Salzungen is known for its salt water and has been considered one of the top spots for cures since Celtic tribes found it 3,000 years ago. With so many spas to choose from, You love the Keltenbad, though, which is a little bit of Ireland in the middle of Germany and can accommodate almost any budget – you can enjoy the benefits of the salt air and baths for an hour or a few days.

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