Virtuoso Traveler - October/November 2017 - 17
Explore Thuringia: The Beating Heart of Germany
Germany beckons travelers with a delightful blend of medieval
towns, cosmopolitan cities, and a treasure trove of cultural,
artistic, and architectural attractions.
In the heart of Germany, discover a world
of history in enchanting Thuringia.
Centrally located to both Berlin and
Munich, the tiny state spans unspoiled
countryside and beautifully preserved
Old Towns filled with legendary castles,
formidable fortresses, beautiful
churches, and rich traditions.
Encounter the Middle Ages in Erfurt, the
idyllic riverside capital of Thuringia. Visit
the oldest synagogue in Central Europe.
Its 11th-century stone walls house the
rare Erfurt Treasure and a collection of
medieval Jewish manuscripts. Over the
Gera River, the 600-year-old Merchants'
Bridge is the landmark of Erfurt known
for the longest series of inhabited
buildings of any bridge in Europe. Its
cluster of half-timbered shops display
handmade wares and handblown
glassware. Explore 8th-century St. Mary's
Cathedral, where Martin Luther took holy
orders in 1507, and spend the night where
he once lived and worked, in the unique
cloistral atmosphere of the 700-year-old
At the edge of the Thuringian Forest find
charming Weimar, historic epicenter of
the German Enlightenment and home
of creative trailblazers such as Goethe,
Schiller, Bach, Nietzsche, Kandinsky,
and the list goes on. Explore Rococo Hall
at the Duchess Anna Amalia Library,
home of the world's largest Faust
collection by Goethe of its kind. Weimar
is also where Walter Gropius founded
the influential Bauhaus Movement in
In addition to Thuringia's historic
landmarks, no visit is complete without
sampling its culinary riches as well.
Savor spicy sausage known as Thüringer
Bratwurst, its secret recipe dating
back to 1613. And enjoy traditional
potato dumplings served with roasted
meat and red cabbage. Cakes play an
integral role in Thuringian fare, served
for breakfast, coffee breaks and even
midnight snacks. For centuries, the
currant-studded Butter Stollen cake,
stuffed with candied fruit, has been a
traditional Christmas favorite.
Experience the culinary, historic, and
cultural gems of Thuringia, and enjoy
first-class service, when you connect
with your Virtuoso® travel advisor to plan
1919, and you can witness distinctive
examples of Bauhaus architecture by
visiting Theaterplatz, Haus Am Horn,
and Bauhaus University.
On the eastern side of Thuringia, discover
Eisenach, renowned birthplace of
German Lutheranism. Visit UNESCO
World Heritage site, Wartburg Castle,
looming majestically above the town.
The 16th-century fortress provided
refuge for Martin Luther after he was
excommunicated, and you can stand in
the very room where he translated the
New Testament into German.
St. Mary's Cathedral and
St. Severi's Church, Erfurt
Photo credits, clockwise, left to right: Jens Hauspurg, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH; Toma Babovic, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH; Meeta K. Wolff, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH