the armoury town in the Thuringian Forest

Suhl - the armoury town in the Thuringian Forest

Suhl is situated in a charming valley on the southwest slopes of the Thuringian Forest set against a backdrop of mountains reaching up to 750 metres in height. One of the most scenic towns and cities in Thuringia, Suhl is surrounded by a majestic mountains and endless forests. It is also close to the Rennsteig, Germany's famous mountain trail. A paradise for visitors in summer or winter in the heart of the Thuringian Forest, the town is known for its long-established mining traditions and for the manufacture of hunting and sports guns. For decades, marksmen around the world have associated the name of Suhl with well-crafted weapons and shooting competitions. A visit to the historical town centre and the Weapons Museum, the only specialist museum of its kind in Europe, is highly recommended. Other local attractions include the vehicle museum, the shooting range and the zoo.

Highlights/Places of interest

Weapons Museum

The only specialist museum of its kind in Europe, documenting the history of hunting and sports guns over seven centuries. It also stages temporary exhibitions on different themes.

Shooting range

A modern facility set in the most scenic surroundings in Germany that has hosted European and World Championships and World Cups.

Vehicle Museum

The Vehicle Museum charts Suhl's manufacturing, motorsport and motor vehicle heritage since 1896 in 1,100 square metres of exhibition space. A special exhibition on the 'Thuringian Forest autobahn A71/A73' is currently on display in the atrium of the Suhl Congress Centre.

Suhl Congress Centre

The largest events and conference venue in southern Thuringia with Ottilienbad pool, Vehicle Museum, Autobahn A71/A73 exhibition, gallery, atrium, hotel, tourist information and international cafés and restaurants – all under one roof.

Ottilienbad pool

A modern sport and leisure pool complex for the whole family at Suhl Congress Centre.

Schwarzer Crux Visitor Mine & Mining Museum

Open to visitors since 2006, this is the largest preserved mine in the Suhl area and documents the history of ore mining in the region from the 17th to the 20th century. It is located in the Vesser Valley UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Observatory with planetarium

An educational observatory with Zeiss planetarium; 60 visitors at a time can enjoy a fascinating glimpse of the stars. It also serves as a wedding venue.


The zoo in 'Suhl's Switzerland' covers 12.5 hectares and is home to over 500 animals of 100 different species. It boasts Thuringia's only walk-through Lory parrot enclosure.

Church of the Holy Cross, Suhl

with Eilert Köhler organ

Armourer statue

On the market square in Suhl, with lovely views of the historical town hall and Cathedral Hill with the Ottilienkapelle chapel.

State-approved health resort Suhl-Vesser

State-approved health resort Suhl-Vesser in the Vesser Valley biosphere reserve, arguably the most beautiful valley in central Germany. Attractions include the Herbert Roth exhibition and the Vesser Valley circular trail.

State-approved health resort Suhl-Goldlauter-Heidersbach

State-approved health resort Suhl-Goldlauter-Heidersbach with the Gipfelwanderweg trail Wanderbares Deutschland premium walking trail), mining trails, a variety of sports activities and a memorial to Dr. Ernst Anschütz, the creator of many famous children's and folk songs (among them 'Oh, Tannenbaum'.

Stadtansicht Suhl
Stadtansicht Suhl


Tourist Information

Congress Centrum Suhl
Friedrich-König-Straße 7
98527 Suhl


Tel. +49 (0) 36 81 / 78 84 05
Fax +49 (0) 36 81 / 72 00 52