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Germany's 16 states: Thuringia

Whether Wartburg or Weimar, whether Goethe or Gropius – the traces of famous Germans lead to Thuringia. In 2019 especially the Bauhaus Art School, which revolutionized architecture 100 years ago.

Those who travel to this federal state in the middle of Germany will find an abundance of cultural sites of national and international importance. Thanks to the hilly, wooded landscape, Thuringia is above all one thing: green and with the 170 km long Rennsteig long-distance trail it is ideal for hiking in summer and winter. 

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Travel tips for Thuringia

Modernist architecture in Weimar

Not only the Classical aspect of the city of Weimar with its many sites associated with the great German poets Goethe and Schiller is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Modern architecture worldwide had its roots in the local art school for design and architecture. The Bauhaus was founded here in 1919. In 2019 it celebrates its 100th 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

Wartburg Castle near Eisenach

Wartburg Castle is the epitome of a German castle: difficult to reach, its defiant walls rise up on a steep hill. It is especially associated with the name of Martin Luther: From 1521 the reformer hid here from his enemies, had an encounter with the devil and translated in just eleven weeks the New Testament of the Bible into German.

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Wartburg Castle near Eisenach

Hiking paradise Thuringia

The Rennsteig in the Thuringian Forest is the longest high-altitude hiking trail in Germany. Lukas Stege, presenter of our travel magazine Check-in, has picked out his three favorite stations along the 170-kilometer route: the summer toboggan run on the Inselsberg, a wildlife observation station in the biosphere reserve and a sustainable tropical house project in the midst of rough European nature.

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Hiking along the Rennsteig ridge

Ski Arena Oberhof

Thuringia is also worth a visit in winter. Biathlon, luge, cross-country skiing and Nordic combination - all this makes Oberhof a winter sports center in the Thuringian Forest. In the 1920s, the town even had the nickname "German St. Moritz". Today the Ski Arena - biathlon stadium from the World Cup to the World Championships - has to make do with artificial snow. 

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#DailyDrone: Ski Arena, Oberhof

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