"Green Heart of Germany - Thuringia" Top 5 Page for this destination Land Thüringen by elgin99

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Some Facts

The Free State of Thuringia is located in the middle of Germany, which is borderd from Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt in the East and Northeast, Bavaria in the South, Hesse in West, Lower Saxony in Northwest. The state is also very close to Czechia in East.
The capital is Erfurt. Thuringia has last 2,54 Mio habitants and the extent is similar to Schleswig-Holstein. Thuringian mountains (Forest) is up to nearly 1000 ms. The famous mountain way named Rennsteig is 168 kms long and leads always along the height of mountains. Another famous way for walkers and pilgrims is the "Luther way".

Thuringia is called "The Green Heart of Germany" because of its a well wooded region. Wide forests, lakes, lot of wild animals, World heritage national park Hainich, wonderful historical places, castles and palaces or modern buildings and world famous industrie. Thuringia means a lot.
Bigger towns are Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Jena and Gera.

First people were the Celts. It was a wide Kingdom, from Elbe to Danube. So Thuringia has a fascinating history, and an interesting future, too.
Thuringia is worth to spend a vacation there. If you want see how "rich" that small country is with sightseeing, let me introduce to you and give some facts about with a warm WELCOME.

Some More Albums of Thuringia:

Schmalkalden and Palace

Wartburg 2006

The Regions and Accents

There are some regions. The most important are Thüringer Becken (Lower Thuringia), Thüringer Wald (Thuringian Forest), Thüringer Schiefergebirge (Thuringian Slate Mountains), partially the Harz Mountains, Rhön.
Gefell lies in Thuringian Slate Mountains, and Tabarz is located in Thuringian Forest. The capital Erfurt of course is in Lowlands, Thuringer Becken.
The accents are different. There is no clear Thuringian one. The Rennsteig divides all. North of that line is Thuringian with partially Saxon accent. In the South people speaking Frankish (northern Bavaria accent), and some (around Eisenach) speaking with little accent of Hesse.
Most people are Evangelian, but there are also Catholic regions.

Wartburg - World Heritage

Wartburg is probably the most significant castle in the German history. The later canonised Elisabeth von Thüringen lived in the castle from 1221 to 1227. 1521/22 the reformer Martin Luther hidden as a " Junker Jörg " and translated during this time the new testament of the Bible into German language. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe stayed several times here, for the first time in 1777. On the 18th October, 1817 German students took place in the castle with the first Wartburg celebration. The second Wartburg celebration was organised in the revolutionary year 1848. Our German flag based on that event. Thus it is not surprising that the castle counted already in the 19-th century as a national monument.

Castle was founded around 1067 by Ludwig der Springer (Ludwig the Jumper) and belongs since 1999 to the world cultural heritage.
The legendary Minnesingers' Contest or "Singers' War" dates back to 1206. Ludwig the II. of Bavaria took Wartburg as a model for his castle situated in the Allgäu, Neuschwanstein. The castle are similar not only from some points of view in the silhouette, also the singer's hall was copied for the castle of the Bavarian king. Wartburg has become an often literary scene, best known by Richard Wagner "Tannhäuser".
High recommendable also the museum with its treasures of art from eight centuries.
You can refer some details about that famous persons and history events of the Wartburg in my General Tips.

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  • Pros:wonderful nature, beautiful towns and lot of historical places
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  • Last visit to Land Thüringen: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated May 12, 2012
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  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2007 at 2:36 AM

    Hallo Hildruth. WOW! Man lernt jeden Tag etwas dazu! I really loved your page filled with superb info & detail. Thank you very much for sharing, and greetings from the desert / Jess :-)

  • alancollins's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2007 at 1:59 AM

    Lovely photos and good tips.

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2007 at 11:08 PM

    I have not seen much of Thuringia till now. But your page makes me want to go and see all those castles and that beautiful landscape myself.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2006 at 4:26 AM

    Great description, thanks!

  • weed6886's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2006 at 2:31 AM

    Mmhh! I can almost smell the Thüringer Bratwurt from here! Wow, nice pages with lots of good info. Great work!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2006 at 3:37 PM

    I see there is still a lot for me to see in Thüringen! I've been there fairly often, but mainly to the cities and mainly on business. Your tips on Gotha are particularly interesting, since I have been there twice but had no time to look at anything!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2006 at 1:13 PM

    Wonderful page, Hildruth!!! You know that I will come your way one day! The Wartburg is very high on my list! About the Easter fires: we do have them in Lower Saxony as well and even in Hamburg along the Elbe river!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2006 at 12:57 PM

    ich hab jetzt mindestens 10min das intro pic angesehen, einfach wunderschoen! if I ever make it back to D. the eastern part is on my schedule, will be a thread. wonderful, wonderful page. Gruesse

  • Danymaus's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 2:46 AM

    Eine extra Seite von Thüringen ist wirklich besser, well done!

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