Thuringia Heritage Days: Historical places with real gusto

August 31, 2009 by  
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Schloss Friedenstein – The kick off for this years Heritage Days, by insum

„Specialties from historic times“  is the motto of Thuringias Heritage Days this year.

Beeing renowned for its culinary and cultural delights, visitors can follow their senses in the former breweries and malt houses. Stroll through stately hunting lodges and their kitchens and dining rooms. Historic stone ovens will emit fresh bread smell, and traditional coffee shops and hotels will invite you to a stop.

Starting on 13 September 2009,  around 500 monuments will open their doors countrywide, including many that are  inaccessible on regular days. In addition, many festivals and music will entertain all visitors with traditional german and thuringian customs.  The Official season opener for this years Heritage Days will be on September 12th  at Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha.

Discover Christmas traditions in Thuringia – Part 3

Dezember 14, 2008 by  
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3. Erfurt – The setting for Thuringias largest Christmas market

The state capital of Thuringia is festively decorated in Advent. Influenced by one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in Germany, the city is a superb blend of rich patrician houses and fondly restored half-timbered houses.

Erfurt Christmas market - by blaulichtfotograph

Erfurt Christmas market - by blaulichtfotograph


Christmas melodies and the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread is in the air everywhere you go. The Domplatz is the city`s center of attraction, where you might have the feeling to land in a very different world. Right below the cathedral dominates the Ferris wheel, while on the left side you can find the large Christmas tree. Best thing is to take the steps to the cathedral first – to get yourself an overview of the hustle and bustle.


If you planned to have plenty of time for your Christmas stay, then take the chance to visit the medieval streets and alleys with their churches, like the famous Krämerbrücke (merchants bridge), the Fishmarkt or the Church of St. Severus. Our top tip: Combine your visit of one of the most beautiful German Christmas markets with a shopping stroll and a guided tour into the historic Old Town.

Opening times
Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 8pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am to 9pm

Until Monday, 22/12/2008.

Discover Christmas traditions in Thuringia – Part 2

November 28, 2008 by  
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2. Eisenach – Christmas market at the Wartburg

On the historical Christmas market at the Wartburg in Eisenach you can travel into the past. At the four advent weekends you will meet historical artisans such as candlemakers, soap boilers or masons. Further, herb women and traveling merchants offer medieval goods. The market – which has its presence at Luthers historical place of activity for the 8th consecutive year now – starts tomorrow, Sat, 29th November and stays until the 21st of December.

Shop-hours: Mon-Fri 10-19 Uhr, Sat 10-20 Uhr, Sun 11.30-20 Uhr.

Discover Christmas traditions in Thuringia – Part 1

November 21, 2008 by  
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In Advent, Thuringia tourists can discover Christmas traditions on numerous markets and festivals. To give you the perfect guide when and where to go at „the best time of the year“, we would like to present you our new sequence „Christmas travel in Thuringia“.

Weimar Christmas market - traditional festivals

Weimar Christmas market - traditional festivals

1. Weimar – reflection on Christian origins

The city of Weimar is well-known for its Classic history, with famous litaries such as Goethe or Schiller. So beeing a traditional destination, this year`s pre-Christmas period will reflect on the origins of Christmas festivities. The local market, the so called „Weimar Christmas“,  will open with a customary choir concert and provide the presence of the pastors of the Protestant, Catholic and Russian Orthodox church on November 24th.

Beech forests will be UNESCO World Heritage

Juni 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Ecology, Nature, Politics, Travel

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.