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Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of Thüringen -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook, inset map comes from www.entry.de)

IntroductionI love Thüringen -- my favorite former East German state.  It has all the Germanynatural beauty (and almost identical flag) as Hessen to the west, while it is as decorative and culturally robust as Bayern (Bavaria) to the south.  I've done three trips to Thüringen thus far, staying or passing through the provincial capital of Erfurt each time.  Erfurt is a treasure trove of wonderful architecture, but it has also modernized significantly since reunification.

Speaking of modernized cities, Jena led one of my trips there -- an Autobahn 4 sweep of Thuringian cities.  Almost entirely rebuilt since Wo rld War II, Jena is now a modern science State of Thueringen (Thuringia)and technological center.  Weimar and Eisenach are important historic locations that are now attracting large numbers of visitors (especially Weimar, that was the founding city of Germany's first democracy in 1919).

With reunification, Thüringen is easy to get to by train from Frankfurt am Main, and it is quickly being rediscovered by the Germans.  However, it hasn't quite yet been tapped by the rest of the tourist industry (the Sachsen targets of Leipzig and Dresden have drawn more).  That may change over time, as the Thüringer Wald (Thuringian Forest) rivals the famous Black Forest in beauty (and has a larger waterfall), and the rest of the province continues to rebuild to its former glory.

Travelogues.  

GREEN:  ERFURT.  Erfurt is an extraordinary city, with one of the most colorful market squares (the Fischmarkt, shown), two very large and impressive churches perched side by side on a hill (the Mariendom and Severikirche), and the grand citadelle above it all.  The Kraemerbruecke is another fabulous attraction -- a built-up bridge with shops and residences on top (like the London Bridge of old, only smaller!) RED:  Autobahn 4.  These are three cities surrounding Erfurt, all in a row.  Starting at the west is the fabulous city of Eisenach with its famous Wartburg Castle where Martin Luther one lived for a year and what would become the model for King Ludwig II's famous Cinderella Castle.  Weimar (pictured) has loads of palaces, museums, and shopping centers, while the modernized  Jena is best known for science and technology.

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the German-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  Most of these pages use a British or US flag icon as the link to English content, while others will use the word "English".  Otherwise, look for "tourismus" which should link you to English-language content.  Links updated 12 January 2006.

Country Links:

bullet US Embassy to Germany
bullet US Consular Sheet for Germany 
bullet Germany Embassy to US 

 

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Thüringen Tourist Bureau 

City and Town Links:

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Eisenach Home Page 

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Erfurt Home Page

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Jena Home Page (German only)

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Weimar Home Page 

 

   
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