The “green heart” of Germany, Thuringia, is located in the centre of the European country, and is a region almost completely covered in dense, thick forest. Known best for its beautiful hiking trail Rennsteig, and popular winter resort Oberhof, Thuringia is also historically significant. It was one of three states in Germany where the Nazis first gained any real power, and was controlled by both the US and the Soviet Union at one point.
Thuringia is the centre in more ways than one, harking back to a simpler time in Germany, with travel that takes its time, and rural villages hidden in its forests and woods.
In modern day, however, the region is popular because of its sweeping, dramatic scenery, lush green gardens, and bounty of world heritage. There is an enormous amount to see in Thuringia, from the half-timbered houses of its estates, to the busy town centres. Although Thuringia is a popular place to visit with lots to do, it is actually Germany’s second least populous and smallest state.
For travellers looking for warm and homely accommodation at a low cost, many of the region’s cities offer comfortable hostels in central, exciting locations. Weimar, Thuringia’s most famous and popular city, stands out in both its intellectual history and its reasonable hostel prices. Big names such as Bach, Goethe and Schiller resided in Weimar, and it is both a spiritual and scientific hub to Germany.
However, if intellect and cultural significance are not your speed, you can head into the Thuringian Forest, where sleepy storybook beauty can be found in the forest, meadows and streams. This part of Thuringia is also covered in palaces and castles, such Wilhelmsburg Castle, built in the sixteenth century. The Renaissance architecture found in this area are calming to explore, as are the hiking trails. Although hostels are less frequent in this part of the region, if you visit in June then you will easily find guest houses happy to accommodate you.
You will also find beautiful landscapes in the Saale Valley. Hike through the valley, or take a more laborious route, and canoe down the winding river.
Although Thuringia is small, it is one of the more gorgeous and traditional regions of Germany. It has a lot to offer hostel travellers looking to experience a more authentic part of the country. Let a tour of Thuringia remind you of Germany’s historical significance, as well as its influence on the world.
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