Die Spuren großer Persönlichkeiten wie Bach, Goethe, Luther oder Napoleon können in Thüringen auf einzigartige Weise per Rad erkundet werden. Ebenso reizvoll sind Touren entlang der Flusslandschaften von Saale, Werra, Unstrut, Ilm oder Elster. Der Radfernweg Thüringer Städtekette verbindet sieben der geschichtsträchtigen Thüringer Städte miteinander und ist gleichzeitig Teil der Mittellandroute (D4) im deutschlandweiten Fernradwanderwegenetz. Die D4-Route führt vom östlichsten Punkt Deutschlands zum westlichsten. Eine komfortable Lösung für Ausflüge mit dem Drahtesel sind die Fahrradverleihstationen an den Bahnhöfen sowie die Möglichkeit der Fahrradmitnahme in Zügen. In Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar und Jena gibt es zudem spezielle Radgepäckboxen, um die historischen Sehenswürdigkeiten bequem zu Fuß erkunden zu können. Stadtrundfahrten per Rad, wie die Gartentour in Erfurt oder die Entdeckertour per Rad in Jena runden das Angebot ab. – Eine Liaison aus Kulturgenuss und sportlicher Betätigung.
The recreation park with the former princely hunting lodge (now a restaurant), riding and playing facilities, animal enclosures and a bungalow village is located 6 km from Sondershausen on the Hainleite ridge. It is surrounded by meadows and beech-tree forests. Built in 1781, the octagonal timber-framed tower, the highest (44.8 m) of its kind in Germany, is a popular observation tower.
The oldest accessible potash mine in the world is a magnet for visitors. In addition to a museum that explores 100 years of potash mining, there are unusual attractions 700 meters underground, such as boat rides, a salt slide with a 40% gradient, sporting events, special events, and concerts in the deepest concert hall in the world.
Thuringia’s unique children’s attraction offers fun for the whole family. This colorful play-paradise is located right in the middle of town. Young and old can enter a fantasy world where net-bridges lead them to climbing towers, a mysterious tree house is waiting to be explored, and breathtaking slides offer a thrill. Outside, children can choose between the play town, the tree-house, and the sand and water area.
The legendary Dragon Gorge is a delight for nature lovers and geologists alike: Hiking here becomes an unforgettable experience. Walking along non-slip footbridges over the rushing stream in the narrow gorge, hikers immediately experience the uniqueness of this extraordinary natural landscape.
Friederike’s Thermal Baths are the heart of the spa and wellness facilities. Because of the therapeutic sulfuric, brine and curative waters available locally, visitors can find appealing attractions in both the therapeutic area and the swimming and sauna landscapes. How about a refreshing kick in the cooling chamber at -110° C, a body-cooling therapy that treats pain and gives you a performance boost?
Nordhausen is the ideal starting point for a ride on the Harz narrow-gauge railway into the scenic Harz mountains, up to the legendary Brocken mountain – at an altitude of 1142 meters, it is the highest peak in northern Germany.
Ilmenau's local Kickelhahn mountain is 861 m high and with its 24-meter-high observation tower is one of the city's landmarks. The tower is located on the 20-kilometer-long Goethe hiking trail and also marks its highest point. The Kickelhahnturm offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Thuringian Forest and its foothills.
The large pond with its Island Zoo is a small oasis in the middle of Altenburg’s downtown area. It is the only zoo in western Europe located on an island in a pond, and is enjoyed by young and old. The little zoo is primarily a home for native animals such as goats, owls, and guinea pigs. During the summer months, paddle boats and rowboats offer recreational aquatic activities.
The late-baroque functional building on Goethe's hiking trail to the Kickelhahn presents the hunting habits and social life of the Weimar court as well as Goethe's scientific studies. On the ground floor, the exhibition "Der Kickelhahn - Goethes Wald im Wandel" (“The Kickelhahn – Goethe’s Changing Forest”) documents the topics of hunting, nature and the environment from a contemporary perspective.
A modern adventure swimming pool for the whole family. With spa and fitness areas as well as great leisure activities, such as the popular "mermaid swim". Since 2016, it has been a venue for the German championships in mermaid swimming.
The Wildlife Park and the Speedride summer toboggan run on the Straussberg offer fun for the whole family. On the 4-hectare large open-air enclosure you will find Barbary macaques, ring-tailed and black and white ruffed lemurs, as well as Bennett's wallabies. The summer toboggan run offers a downhill trip of 760 meters, including five sharp curves and 44 meters’ difference in altitude for those who enjoy a speedy ride.
The state-certified Suhl-Gehlberg recreational area offers Thuringia's highest observation point, the "Schneekopf" (Snow Head) mountain, an extensive hiking trail network with mountain shelters and hikers' huts, a poacher's path, a museum park, ski-lifts and caravaning.
This state-certified Suhl-Goldlauter-Heidersbach recreational area with "Gipfelwanderweg" (mountain-top hiking path, recommended as a quality trail in Wanderbares Deutschland!), mining hiking trails, various sports activities, singing hiking trail, and memorial to Dr. Ernst Anschütz, the composer of world-famous children's and folk songs (including "O Tannenbaum", or “Oh Christmas Tree”).
The state-certified Suhl-Schmiedefeld recreational area offers a natural park information center about the Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve, a ski arena "Winterwelt" (Winter World) on the Eisenberg mountain, and traditional international sporting events, including Europe's largest and most popular cross-country race, the "Rennsteiglauf".
This state-certified Suhl-Vesser recreational area in the Vessertal biosphere reserve known as the "most beautiful valley in Central Germany" offers, among other things, the Herbert Roth exhibition, the "Vessertal-Rundwanderweg" (hiking loop), the mining discovery-trail at the visitor mine, and the traditional blackberry festival.
From Gotha to the fairytale-like Thuringian Forest you will travel on one of the oldest trams in Germany, the Thüringerwaldbahn. It is the last of its kind in Thuringia and connects several dreamy towns with stops at popular tourist destinations such as the Reinhardsbrunn Ponds or the Marienglas Cave. The final stop is the idyllic resort of Bad Tabarz at the foot of the 916 m high Inselsberg mountain.
Ilmenau was and still is internationally known for the sport of bobsleigh and tobogganing. The 460-meter-long track with 8 curves offers a lot of racing fun.
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The Treetop Walk is part of the UNESCO World Nature Heritage Hainich National Park, about 10 km west of Bad Langensalza. Not only can you climb onto the roof of the ancient forest, but also walk along the 530-meter, barrier-free path that winds through the treetops and enjoy amazing insights into the biodiversity of this habitat. From atop the 44-meter-tall observation tower you have an impressive view over the Thuringian basin and the Hainich National Park. In addition to experiencing the “high” of the Treetop Walk, the National Park Center offers the interactive exhibitions “Discover the Secrets of the Hainich” and the “Würzelhöhle” (Root Cave), which invite explorers of all ages to actively learn more about the habitat of the Hainich National Park.
East Thuringia’s Forest Zoo is located in the middle of the Stadtwald in the attractive landscape of the “Martinsgrund” and is home for some 500 animals representing about 80 different species. The youngest visitors especially appreciate the petting zoo, the farm, and a ride on the park’s miniature train.
Situated directly on the cycle path Thüringer Städtekette, in the midst of the nature reserve "Kleiner Seeberg", the Gotha Zoo offers a fascinating variety of species with over 850 animals on a distance of almost two kilometers. Special show feedings, colorful events, a zoo café, a petting zoo and various children's attractions invite you to visit this animal adventure world again and again.
This zoo comprises 12.5 hectares in Suhl “Switzerland”, and is home to about 450 animals of 100 different species. A special highlight for families is the meerkat facility, the goat petting zoo, the freely accessible loriinae enclosure and the piglet farm.
With about 25,000 visitors each year, the native-animal zoo in the southern part of Arnstadt belongs to the most popular destinations for outings in the region. About 50 primarily native animal species live in an area of 2.5 hectares. The grounds are very well-maintained and for the most part barrier-free and accessible by wheelchair. Children especially enjoy the large playground with jungle gym, swings and carousels. Parents can keep an eye on their little ones while sitting at the snack bar, which is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.