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The State of Thuringia has a high density of cultural sites of national and international rank. The UNESCO World Heritage includes the "Classic Weimar", the Bauhaus in Weimar, the Wartburg near Eisenach and the Hainich National Park as part of the European beech forests. The state capital Erfurt has important cultural and historical sites with the cathedral, the Krämerbrücke and the oldest preserved synagogue in Central Europe. The largest city is Erfurt, other important centers are Jena, Gera and Weimar.

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.

The historic wooden bridge in Wünschendorf on White Elster

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The historic wooden bridge in Wünschendorf on White Elster

Our friend Jörg invited us to a caravan or trailer meeting for bicycles (we will report later) in Gera for the first time in Germany and probably also around the world, a region that we had hardly explored so far.

Suspension bridge - hiking destination on Hohe Schrecke

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Suspension bridge - hiking destination on Hohe Schrecke

176 meters long, just 85 centimeters wide and 25 meters above the Bärental: the still "young" suspension rope bridge across the Bärental is a real attraction in the Hohe Schrecke Mountain Range.

Weimar – a walk using lovely alley of pedestrian zone

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Weimar – a walk using lovely alley of pedestrian zone

After our so much impressing tour through the former Buchenwald concentration camp close to the city entry of the independent city of Weimar, which had proved to be much more time-consuming than planned, we first needed to talk, so that we were able to exchange first impressions and ideas.

From Billroda to Rastenberg - a hike in Thuringia

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From Billroda to Rastenberg - a hike in Thuringia

In difficult times when contact with other people should be completely avoided, a hike through the forest is one of the few ways to escape the confinement of the city, the home and the conflicts within the family cramped in the house.

Walking the Treetop Path in Hainich – Bad Langensalza

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Walking the Treetop Path in Hainich – Bad Langensalza

Slowly it gets wintry, even though it sometimes seems that the trees getting bare so quick, how nice was the slow browning of the leaves, especially when the sun brought the variety of colors into the trees.

Short trip to Erfurt - Krämer Bridge is of our special interest

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Short trip to Erfurt - the Krämerbrücke is of our special interest

Again and again we come across some ancient trade routes as part of our project work, which today can be traced back to the plans and systems of our forefathers in the form of highways, railway routes or bridge systems.

Erfurt - the Ensemble of cathedral and Severi Church

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The symbols of Erfurt - Ensemble of cathedral and Severi Church

It is already a monumental impression that opens up before your eyes when you walk across the Krämerbrücke through the shopping street towards the cathedral and the huge market square then surprisingly opens up, in the background the imposing cathedral building and the Severi Church.

Rudolfstadt - 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.

From Camping - Hiking Tour through the inner city of Jena

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From Camping - Hiking Tour through the inner city of Jena

Large parts of the historical city center were destroyed by American air raids at the end of the Second World War, especially from February to April 1945, later the city fell victim to the socialist reconstruction plans, so that - especially around the new Eichplatz - very few historic buildings are to be found in the city center.

Hiking from Kahla up to the Leuchtenburg via Seitenroda

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Hiking from Kahla up to the Leuchtenburg passing Seitenroda

In our article about the porcelain centre of Kahla, we had already mentioned the many hiking trails and cycle paths that connect different destinations in beautiful surroundings, so we had chosen the way up to the Leuchtenburg with a visit to the local museum as our destination of that day.

From campsite Unter dem Jenzig to Kahla at Saale river

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From campsite Unter dem Jenzig to Kahla at Saale river

After the first talks about places of interest in the area, the owner of the campsite "Unter den Jenzig" had also referred to the small town of Kahla, which, in addition to the porcelain manufactory, also had a still completely preserved, medieval city wall as well as some buildings from the time.

St. Michael in Jena - exhibition on Holocaust in Boryslaw

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St. Michael in Jena - exhibition on Holocaust in Boryslaw

An important point of reference in Jena is the so-called Jentower, which can be seen from almost every corner of the city and therefore also represents a really good road sign for the city tour on foot.

The Seven Wonders of Jena - Schnapphans and Hanfried

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The Seven Wonders of Jena - Schnapphans and Hanfried

In 1558 the Almermater Jenensis, which was soon to become one of the most famous study places in Germany, was founded. During their stay in the city, graduates from the university, who came from half of Europe, kept a secret from the public in the course of seven curiosities, which were regarded as evidence of their actual presence in Jena.

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