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Germany's 16 states: Thuringia

Whether in Wartburg Castle or Weimar – great minds such as Luther and Goethe have made Thuringia world famous. Many of the places where they lived and worked have been preserved to this day.

If you travel to this state in the middle of Germany, you'll find a wealth of cultural sites of national and international significance. Thanks to its hilly, forested countryside, Thuringia has one thing above all: greenery – and with the 170-kilometer ridge walk called the Rennsteig, a long-distance trail that's ideal for hiking in summer and winter. 

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Travel tips for Thuringia

Goethe in Weimar

On hearing the name Weimar, the famous German writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller often come to mind. Both lived and worked in this town in the heart of Thuringia. Goethe's first home in Weimar was relatively humble: a vineyard cottage in the Park on the Ilm, where he lived with his common-law wife Christiane Vulpius. 

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#DailyDrone: Goethe’s Garden House

The Bauhaus in Weimar

Places associated with Classical Weimar aren't the only UNESCO World Heritage sites in the town. Modern architecture has its roots in the local school of art, design and architecture, which became world-famous as the Bauhaus. In 2019, it will celebrate its hundredth birthday with a big anniversary year. Lukas Stege, who hosts our TV travel show Check-in, celebrates it in advance. 

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Weimar for Bauhaus fans

From Erfurt to Eisenach

Martin Luther was ordained as a priest in Erfurt Cathedral. The Protestant reformer translated the Bible into German in Wartburg Castle, near Eisenach. Check-in host Nicole Frölich traced Martin Luther's footsteps in both cities during the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation. 

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Tracing Luther's footsteps in Thuringia


Biathlon, luge, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined – the village of Oberhof in the Thuringian Forest is a center of winter sports. In the 1920s, it even boasted the nickname the "German St. Moritz." Nowadays the Ski Arena, a championship biathlon stadium, usually has to make do with artificial snow. 

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#DailyDrone: Ski Arena, Oberhof

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