Virtuoso Life - July/August 2017 - 121
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.
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.
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 Augustinian Monastery.
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 1919, and you
can witness distinctive examples of Bauhaus
architecture by visiting Theaterplatz, Haus
Am Horn, and Bauhaus University.
Duchess Anna Amalia
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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.
In addition to Thuringia's historic landmarks,
no visit is complete without sampling its
culinary riches as well. Savor spicy sausage
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