Nestled into one of the most beautiful landscapes of Thuringia, Rudolstadt is a lively, charming city with many historical sights to discover. High above the city, the Heidecksburg Castle towers majestically, testifying to the former power of the princely house. Below it, the Old Town with its winding alleys, churches and Renaissance town houses invites you to linger. The castle, in its baroque splendor that is unique in Thuringia, comprises a wealth of architectural and cultural-historical treasures. Rudolstadt, where the poets Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller met in 1788, is now a popular starting point for sightseeing tours along the Saale and into the Thuringian Forest.