Erfurt Christmas market - scent of mulled wine & gingerbread

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Erfurt Christmas market - scent of mulled wine and gingerbread

Without question, the Erfurt Christmas market is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany and it is the largest in Thuringia anyway, because the medieval old town of Erfurt around the cathedral square offers the ideal backdrop for an atmospheric pre-Christmas period.

To peppermint city and patron saint "St. Wippertus” to Kölleda

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To peppermint city and patron saint

Kölleda was once known as the peppermint town, even if today the area under cultivation of the aromatic mint is not very large. We had decided to take advantage of the glorious November weather to finally try the cycling and hiking trail to Kölleda.

Citizens' festival in Erfurt on the day of German unity

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Citizens' festival in Erfurt on the day of German unity

The official celebrations for the Day of German Unity 2022 recently took place in Thuringia's state capital Erfurt, along with a well-prepared and successful citizens' festival with lots of live music, plenty of attractions and, of course, many delicacies.

Mühlhausen - city centre with historic half-timbered buildings

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Mühlhausen - city centre with historic half-timbered buildings

After our tour along the fortress wall of Mühlhausen, the city centre should now be explored. It is not without reason that Mühlhausen calls itself "Muhlhusia turrita", the tower-decorated Mühlhausen with once 59 towers, the churches and the city wall.

Mühlhausen in Thuringia - worth seeing timbered old town

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Mühlhausen in Thuringia - worth seeing half-timbered old town

An important date had led us to the imperial city of Mühlhausen in Thuringia, which existed until 1802 and is world-famous for its rich historical heritage, so Mühlhausen was also the place where Johann Sebastian Bach and Thomas Müntzer worked.

Historic monastery Mildenfurth near Wünschendorf

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Historic monastery Mildenfurth near Wünschendorf

Only a few hundred meters from this year's meeting place for the bicycle caravan community at the Gasthof zum Klosterhof is the ancient Mildenfurth monastery, a former Premonstratensian monastery in the Mildenfurth district of Wünschendorf / Elster, which we also wanted to pay a short visit to for the purpose of the article.

Viaducts of the former Finnebahn near Bad Bibra

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Viaducts of the former Finnebahn near Bad Bibra

The two viaducts between Bad Bibra and Saubach were probably the most difficult part of the construction of the Laucha – Kölleda railway line, the so-called Finnebahn.

The forest swimming pool in Rastenberg

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The forest swimming pool in Rastenberg

One of our first hikes in spring took us along the Kaiserweg and then down the Eselssteig to Rastenberg. Immediately after leaving the forest path, we came across the really impressive forest swimming pool in Rastenberg, where numerous craftsmen were at work.

The Camposanto - Old Cemetery in Buttstädt

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The Camposanto - Old Cemetery in Buttstädt

It was simply the research for another destination of a bike tour in Burgenland that brought us to the old cemetery of Buttstädt, here it was above all the proper name Camposanto that had aroused our interest.

Long-distance hiking trail Rennsteig - we follow the Kammweg

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Long-distance hiking trail Rennsteig - we follow the Kammweg

"Rennsteig" hiking trail in the Thuringian Forest, which is now marked with a distinctive "R", has been used for many centuries by people with a wide variety of interests, whose motives could hardly be more different.

At Rennsteig long-distance hiking trail near Oberhof

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At Rennsteig long-distance hiking trail near Oberhof

We have had the Rennsteig Tunnel several times, which at 7,916 meters is the longest road tunnel in Germany and the fourth longest twin-tube road tunnel in Europe after the Gran Sasso Tunnel, the Plabutsch Tunnel and the Seelisberg Tunnel.

Rudolstadt - much more then just Palace Heidecksburg

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Rudolfstadt - much more then just Palace Heidecksburg

Rudolstadt is situated in the valley of the river Saale, which runs from the south to the east passing the "Saaleknie". The city was first documented in 776 and since 1326 has  got the city law.

Return from Dornburg – visit of the district of Camburg

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Return from Dornburg – visit of the district of Camburg

After an eventful day of hiking in Dornburg, we were on our way back and since it was still pleasantly sunny, we decided to drive to the town of Camburg, which forms a unit with Dornburg as a municipal association in the Saale-Holzland district.

Dornburg an der Saale – Castle and Bauhaus await us

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Dornburg an der Saale – Castle and Bauhaus await us

The scenically beautiful village of Dornburg is located in the middle of the Saale valley between the cities of Jena and Naumburg (Saale), a region that is always good for a discovery hike.

Visit of Goethe's garden house in Weimar

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Visit of Goethe's garden house in Weimar

Weimar had once again inspired us to a visit: Weimar in summer: Moving, pulsating and extremely lively. The glory of the past flirts with fresh culture.

Wünschendorf on White Elster - in the middle of Vogtland

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Wünschendorf on the White Elster - in the middle of Vogtland

In the meantime we had completed our tour of the imposing, roofed and ancient wooden bridge across the White Elster, climbed up to the church and then walked along the river back to the camp of the bicycle camping trailers, who had now gathered around the campfire with grilled sausage and cool drinks.

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