New hiking trails across Thuringia, Germany

September 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Nature, thuringia travel

Thuringia hiking trails

This season, 54 certified routes across the republic  invite hikers to explore Germany by foot. And Thuringian trails represent the centerpiece of this renewed tourist attraction.

The paths with the title „Quality hiking trails of Germany“  are in total 6700 kilometers long and carry through Thuringia, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The German Hiking Association awarded this mark of excellence for three years, and will re-screen the routes before a possible extension.

And three recommendable trails pass through Thuringia: The Naturparkweg Leine-Werra leads over 100 kilometers, passing historic buildings in old villages and through quiet deciduous forests. Always close to the water by low mountain range runs the 45 kilometers long Talsperrenweg Zeulenroda.

A rising part takes the Panoramaweg Schwarzatal, which starts at the Rennsteig and drives through a stunning countryside with medieval castles on the Saale River.

It can be considered as the perfect travel connection between the Saale valley and the Rennsteig along the Schwarzatal and its heights and valleys. This special trail offers hikers spectacular panoramic views and sights. Romantic paths lead on a total of 135 kilometers while  alternating high peaks with magnificent views, secluded forests with colorful flowers, which are crisscrossed by clear streams and surrounded by rewarding destinations.

The trail touches four counties: Saalfeld-Rudolstadt with 63 percent, Sonneberg, with 22 percent, the Ilmkreis with 10.5 percent and 5.5 percent travel distance through Hildburghausen.

Spa and health tourism in Thuringia

Juli 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Health, Nature

thuringia-spa-health-resort

Relaxing, recreation, loafing and above all no stress? This is what most people want their holidays to be. Wellness, beauty and fitness are the magic words.  And Thuringia is well positioned for your spa vacation.

Thuringia has 17  health resorts – from the climatic health resorts in the Thuringian Forest to the fashionable spa`s in its bigger cities, 40 percent of Eastern Germany`s spas are placed  in the Free State of Thuringia. Pay special attention to its large number of excellent natural remedies such as salt and sulfur springs, peat, minerals, and of course the good climate.

Thuringia is equipped with modern rehabilitation clinics,  baths, wellness services, parks, hiking and biking trails, Concerts and many more. The Thuringian spas and health resorts have been entirely set up for recreation and relaxation-seekers. In addition to the classic spa and treatment methods,  a variety of wellness services are provided . Check out these links to find your perfect recreation place in Thuringia:

The Highfield Festival 2008 – a review

August 26, 2008 by  
Filed under Events, Featured, Travel

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  
Filed under Events, Nature, Sport, Travel

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.

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.