Thuringia Hotels Eisenach: Re-opening of the Wartburg Hotel

Juli 24, 2011 by  
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Thuringia Hotels Eisenach: Re-opening of the Wartburg Hotel – The infamous Wartburg in Eisenach provides yet again a classy accomodation. After only four months of extensive renovation, the traditional hotel at the Wartburg was re-opened.

Wartburg Eisenach Thuringia


For another time, the tenant of this outstanding lodging is the Arcona Hotels & Resorts Group. This renowned enterprise operates the hotel since already approximately ten years.

However, the tradition of the hotel at the Wartburg goes back to the year 1914. At that time, the today’s 5-star accomodation was established and received monumental protection meanwhile.

Wartburg Hotel: Historical setting an culinary highlights


According to this fact, the renovation took place carefully, with the restoring of the external facade under strict editions of the monumental protection and even the use of particularly burned roofing tiles.

Besides, in 24 of the 37 hotel rooms a new color and light concept is used and until the upcoming celebration “100 years hotel on Wartburg“, also the remaining rooms will be renewed.

Speaking about Thuringia food and culinary traditions, the hotel at the Wartburg will also be more broadly set up.

Further, besides classy Thuringian an Regional menues, kitchen-chef Peter Herrmann will also offer meals from the European wine regions as well as quality ingredients of organic food.


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Map of Thuringia

März 21, 2011 by  
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Map of Thuringia – The Federal State of Thuringia is located right in the heart of Germany. Besides such adorable cities like Erfurt, Weimar and Jena, Thuringia offers many attractions in its landscape and smaller towns.

map-of-thuringia

Therefore, we would like to show you a map of Thuringia, which shows the regions of the state including big cities, highways, natural reservoirs, rivers and roads less travelled.

Map of Thuringia

The south of the country is dominated by the Thuringian forest, which crosses Thuringia from Eisenach to Sonneberg. In the north you can find the Thuringian Basin, which leads over the Kyffhäuser to the Harz Region. Its main cities are located on a lanyard from the West to the East, such as Gotha, Erfurt, Weimar, Jena and Gera.

In addition, there also exist many historical maps of Thuringia, for example during the 19th century (fragmented into little counties), during World War 2 and during the times of the GDR (no federal state, just 3 main districs: Suhl, Gera and Erfurt).





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The Oktoberfest in Thuringia – Beer and Tradition

Oktober 15, 2008 by  
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History

The Oktoberfest has its origins in the wedding between the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and the Princess Therese of Thuringia on October 12th in 1810. Since then, a big celebration took place every year in Munich – the festival you might associate with the term „Oktoberfest“. But after the German reunion, this historical fact let to an advancing awereness in Thuringia for having an own Oktoberfest at the tradition-rich green state!

The festival at the Cathedral Square, by zug55

The festival in the heart of Germany, by zug55

The Oktoberfest at the Cathedral Square, Erfurt

Especially the medieval-breathed city of Erfurt is predestinated to celebrate this important folk festival. According to the Munich pendant, the Oktoberfest in Thuringias capital kicked of in autumn, and this year from the 26.09. – 12.10. at the Cathedral Square.

Shows and entertainment reached from nostalgia to modern rides, but also a large marquee provided variety and fun for the whole family. It all started officially – like the years before – with the Bock beer tapping by the mayor – and from this point, the celebration had its centre of attraction right there.

Another real attraction was the world’s largest portable Ferris wheel „Bellevue“. The enclosed gondolas ride up to 56 meters in height. Further, a lot of spectacular carousel rides invited visitors – and among other things, for the first time a ghost train, where guests were shaked and tipped in their seats.

Many new visitors from all around the world

Finally, a couple of hundreds of thousands visitors attended the Erfurter Oktoberfest. Statistics from the hotel and lodging sector confirmed also a significant increase in foreign visitors to this popular event – a good sign for even more attractions and rackets in 2009!

The Highfield Festival 2008 – a review

August 26, 2008 by  
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Dust, sun, rain and a lot of good music

The Highfield Festival is regarded as the biggest rock festival in Germany’s east. Every year in August at the Hohenfelden Reservoir near Erfurt, national and international bands are welcomed, to serve the region three days a year with good rock music. In this years 11st edition, alongside the national stars such as Die Ärzte and The Beatsteaks even global greats like The Hives, The Killers or Bloc Party played on stage.

Highfield 2008 - The biggest festival in Germany`s east, by ni-c

Highfield 2008 - The biggest festival in Germany`s east, by ni-c

A special event surrounded  by beautiful nature

If you go to the Highfield, then there is one thing usually pretty sure: You will attend one of the most beautifully situated festivals in Germany. Because the festival site is surrounded by a forest landscape in the immediate vicinity of a large dam, on which you can see one or the other artist with pedal boats to ride on the water.

25.000 spectadors celebrated close to Erfurt

Further, the Highfield is probably one of the few festivals absolutely close to a large city, more precisely: Near the capital city of Erfurt, which is equally inviting to go shopping. But is it? City trip and festival atmosphere? Yes, it works! Operadors offered a bus shuttle service with the so-wonderful name „Highfield Express“, which run sufficient during the day and night between Erfurt and the festival to explore the well-known historic Old Town Erfurt and possibly even to celebrate with a sip of wine at the annual wine festival. In any case, it was a successful year for the biggest festival in eastern Germany – with an estimated attendance of 25.000 rock fans. Welcome back in 2009!

Geocaching adventure – find treasures in Thuringia

Juli 7, 2008 by  
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Treasure hunting

Thuringia offers a year-round treasure hunt with GPS device, called geocaching. Many tourist information in the country will asisst you with this new form of walking. It is suitable for families with children, and this modern form of treasure hunting now enjoys an increasing popularity. And at the end of the tour, there is always a small treasure with a souvenir.

Geocaching in Thuringia - find treasures via GPS

Geocaching in Thuringia - find treasures via GPS

With the GPS receiver in your hand

…and the coordinates of a place, where someone hid a „treasure“, you can start the search. The so-called caches provide exciting names, notes, smart keywords, or just numbers. Anything but gold and precious stones can be expected. Who takes something out of the treasure box, shall, in return, put again something into it – so the next pulp hunters will still find something interesting. Guaranteed are lots of fun and the discovery of the country and its people.

The routes are all moderate

…and about 4 km long – so enjoyable even for inexperienced hikers. If you do not own a GPS – device, please contact a local authorized dealer or one of the many tourist offices in Thuringia.

New pilgrimage in Thuringia dedicated

Juni 11, 2008 by  
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Pilgrim tourism

The pilgrim tourism is in vogue, and this doesnt apply only for the Way of St. James. Since a couple of years, tourists who visited thuringia kept asking for such an opportunity, which has led in conclusion to the opening of the new Pilgrim Way „On the traces of strong women“ in the green state.

pilgrimage thuringia

The route

This new milestone combines the story of three major women from the Christian history of Thuringia, the Benedictine Walburga (710 – 779), the founder of monastery Christin Paulina (1067 – 1107) and St. Elisabeth of Thuringia (1207 – 1231). The pilgrimage leads from Erfurt on Molsdorf, Ichtershausen, Arnstadt, Niederwillingen and Singen to Paulinzella. It is based on the medieval Way of St. James, 50 kilometres long and marked with a scallop. In the future, it will even be extended to Saalfeld and Coburg.

Perfect for a weekend break

That sounds promising and is especially doable on a – extended – weekend. „We want to let this theme way flourish whole-hearted and look forward to welcome many pilgrims friends,“ says Christine Dölle, contact for the pilgrims in the Augustinian monastery.

Beech forests will be UNESCO World Heritage

Juni 6, 2008 by  
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The National Park Hainich

Thuringia is seeking the nomination of the unique beech forests of the National Park Hainich as a UNESCO World Heritage site. For a corresponding application to support the nomination campaign, also the Thuringian Minister for Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Environment Dr. Volker Sklenar championed this project in his speech to the Thuringian Landtag.

national park hainich - beech forest

The nomination

By this years autumn, a joint request of selected German beech forest regions in Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Hesse under the aegis of Thuringia will be developed. This will justify the inclusion of beech forests as a world natural heritage and is supposed to be submitted to the World Heritage Committee in early 2009 for its examination. The nomination will range – according to current planning – until 2010. Finally, the confirmation as a world natural heritage is expected for the year 2011.

Safety

Mai 26, 2008 by  
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Anual crime report underlines Thuringia`s safety

Germany is one of the world’s safest countries. The evidence was presented yesterday by the 2007 edition of the anual crime report.

Thuringia guarantees a safe and secure vacation

Along with Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, it is seized that especially Thuringia is a TOP 3 security state. Nationwide, the trend gets also more positive: With 6 284 661 crimes last year, 0.3 percent fewer criminal offences were registered by the police than in 2006. In Thuringia, the decline was even two percent.

Mountain bike marathon & Festival

Mai 21, 2008 by  
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Mountain bike marathon & Festival at Tabarz: The last event – The rush into the biking season on the last weekend in April exceeded all expectations by far.

According to the perfect weather, about 135 drivers took the downhill route and looked at the pros JD Swanguen (USA) and Mio Suamesa (JPN) from MS Intense Factory Racing team. But not only the international stars came to Tabarz, also the national prominence represented by Antje Kramer, the German champion in downhill, followed the invitation.

At the press conference on Saturday, Soren Schmidt, the chief organizer for the marathon and the downhill, announced a further improvement of cooperation with the municipality Tabarz, who will be the organizer of both upcoming events.

Mountain bike marathon – New Websites

Both the website of Tabarzer marathon as well as the downhill on the Inselsberg are redesigned and given a modern and striking layout.

The revision of the page to Tabarzer Mountain Bike Marathon, fahrrad-schmidt.de/marathon has been completed a few days ago and is available including the online registration for the marathon.

This is also an appropriate site to purchase professional bikes, as well as Fahrrad Erfurt Shop in the region of Thuringia.

bike-festival Tabarz mountain marathon

Tabarz, Thuringia: New events and partners

Thuringia is always worth a visit, and during the past years especially for marathon or downhill.

Having perceived this new trend, The Thuringia Tourism Company is the new partner and main sponsor of the Tabarz Mountain Bike Marathon on 31.5./1.6. 2008, with his presence to visit the „green heart of Germany“.

The new event will include a kids mountainbike competition, a short race and last but not least, a family program with a brilliant celebration finish.

Through the further development of biking paths and special mountain bike trails around the Inselsberg region, cyclotourists will even find more attractive destinations to enjoy their passion in Thuringia.



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New Encounters in Buchenwald

April 9, 2008 by  
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63. Liberation Day

With the opening of the new „Jugendbegegnungsstätte Buchenwald“, on the occasion of the 63. Liberation Day April 11th, an art project of three high schools and The International School Weimar will receive public attention.  Over several months, 75 students have been intensively facing up to the history of the concentration camp and with today’s memorial Buchenwald.

a visit to the buchenwald memorial

Get in touch with history

In the beginning, there was one question: „How do young people today deal with the crimes in the former concentration camp at Buchenwald, when the opportunity is given to express artistically?“. To anticipate: The artistic work surprises with a thoughtfull seriousness and maturity, which wasn´t necessarely expected from 15- to 18-year-olds.

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Artistic work of students

The assortment of the artistic tools varied from school to school: Schiller- high schoolers preferred woodcuts and Goethe pupils applied themselves with graphic work. The students of the Thuringia International School chose photography, the Humboldt Gymnasium room installations. All together are showing those very intense reflections, which can be found in any of their pictures and short texts. The head of the Buchenwald Memorial is so much pleased with this impressive student work, so that a selection will be permanently visible in the new youth centre of encounters.

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