The Free State of Thuringia has been known as the “green heart of Germany” due to its broad, dense forest, which covers one third of the area. Thuringia is also home to the Rennsteig, Germany's oldest and most frequented hiking trail, and to the winter resort Oberhof. Although Thuringia is one of the least touristic states of Germany, it is famous for its Thuringian sausage and dumplings.
The state capital Erfurt is one of the most intact medieval towns in Germany. The city’s Petersberg Citadel ranks among the largest and best preserved fortresses in Europe. Other remarkable cities include the university town Jena, the former textile town of Gera and Weimar. This charming historic town was the cradle for the Bauhaus movement. It is also famous for the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) who is regarded as Germany’s greatest literary figure.
The relatively small federated state Thuringia is located in central Germany. It covers 16,202 km² and has a population of 2.12 million.
- 2.120.237 inhabitants
- 16.202 km²
- 9 student cities
- 16 universities
- 603 degree programms