Parks and gardens

in Thuringia

Thuringia is home to more than 2,000 parks and gardens, where you can walk, relax and simply enjoy your surroundings – whether it’s the sculptured grounds of a royal palace or spa, a country park or a modern urban oasis. The region’s towns and cities offer beautiful green spaces where you can unwind after seeing the sights. Strolling under pergolas or along a river, visiting a botanical garden or exploring a country estate – there are so many wonderful ways to replenish your energy and delight your senses! 

Our pride and joy ...

Schloss Kochberg
Kochberg Castle and Park

Goethe and Charlotte

The wife of Freiherr von Stein went for walks here with the great poet, and her son Carl transformed the estate into a garden paradise. Goethe visited often, and with good reason. His close friend Charlotte von Stein, lady-in-waiting to Duchess Anna Amalia, had her country residence at Kochberg Castle.
Fast wie im Hochgebirge: Der Rennsteiggarten auf dem Hauptkamm des Thüringer Waldes
The whole world in one garden

Rennsteig Botanical Garden

If you’re expecting nothing but dandelions and daisies, you’re in for a big surprise! For 50 years, mountain plants from almost every mountainous region of the world have been flourishing at the Rennsteig Botanical Gardens on the outskirts of Oberhof because of the special climate there – everything from Caucasian gentians to adonis roses from the Himalayas. Many have already become extinct in the wild and are under strict protection. They have found a safe refuge here in the Thuringian Forest – much to the delight of botanists and visitors.
Blick auf Schloss Belvedere aus der Vogelperspektive
Weimar’s green spaces

Garden design on the river Ilm

“Paths are silent guides,” says Andreas Pahl, quoting the great landscape gardener Prince Pückler and points to a romantic, moss-covered stone structure flanked by a curved bridge – a picture-perfect ruin. The spruce trees nearby were by no means coincidental either. Weimar’s green spaces are admirable!
Schlosspark Altenstein aus der Vogelperspektive
Altenstein Castle and Park

Where gardening becomes detective work

Margret Most moves with precision. Her experienced hands reach for the plants in the pots and place them in the circular bed, a real eye-catcher that sits slightly elevated next to Altenstein Castle. Over the course of a few days, it will begin to resemble a colourful, almost mosaic-like carpet of plants.
Goethe-Büsten im Goethe Nationalmuseum Weimar
An interview with Dr Reinhard Laube, Director of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar

A sensitive heart

The Anna Amalia Library is part of the Classical Weimar World Heritage site. We spoke to library director Reinhard Laube about Goethe’s love of garden design.
Sommerpalais in Greiz
Greiz Summer Palace and Royal Greiz Park

Glorious Greiz

A world in itself, Royal Greiz Park features lovely views, a clock made of flowers and some unusual butterflies.
Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha
Around Friedenstein Palace

Great art in Gotha

Gotha shows its best side around Friedenstein Palace, where the Ducal Orangery, the English Garden and the Wasserkunst cascades can be explored during a stroll in the sunshine.
Brunnenkresse-Ernte in Erfurt
Where watercress is revered

Erfurt’s wonder plant

Surrounded by a sea of green, a man fights to maintain his balance. As calming as the colour might be, harvesting watercress from narrow wooden planks is hard work. For Ralf Fischer, harvest time is a balancing act and, depending on the season, part of his everyday business. When he enters his old watercress beds, he is like an acrobat on the slippery and wobbly planks. And it gets no better once he reaches his destination. Harvesting the plants peeking out of the water requires a sharp knife and plenty of practice as he inches along the planks on his knees. He leans over this green superfood for minutes on end filling up his small basket.
In full bloom

Bad Langensalza, the ‘rose town’

With its palm trees, olive trees and eleven parks and themed gardens, Bad Langensalza truly is a verdant town.
Pavillon im Schlosspark Tiefurt bei Weimar
Tiefurt House and Park

Inspirational setting for the Weimar court

Our plan had been to spend a day in the park of Tiefurt House – picnicking, chatting and enjoying the fresh country air. According to the weather forecast, we were due to have cloudless blue skies and a pleasant temperature. But that’s not quite how things turned out, and within half an hour of our arrival at the park the rain came bucketing down.
Discover North Thuringia by motorcycle

Off to the north

Thuringia makes bikers' hearts beat faster! Especially the Südharz Kyffhäuser region offers beautiful scenic routes for motorcyclists. Here's a tip from ADAC travel expert Niklas for a nice day trip over wonderful roads with numerous curves and passing idyllic places.
Schloss und Park Altenstein gehört zu den Juwelen der Thüringer Parklandschaften
Exploring Thuringia’s green spaces

From the baroque to Japan

Thuringia’s parks and gardens could not be more varied, ranging from Far East bonsai culture to the scent of over 450 types of rose and a 160-hectare royal country park. On this voyage of discovery I look at ornamental flower beds, marvel at landscape architecture and enjoy a balmy summer breeze amid flowering vines.
Holliday in a hotel, castle or tiny house

Six tips for overnight stays in Weimarer Land

Not only in the game, but also on vacation, the question comes up: city, country, river? In Weimar and Weimarer Land, there is the perfect place to stay for your needs - here are 6 tips for a successful stay in the city, in the countryside or on the water from ADAC travel expert Sabine.
Off to the south

Beach feeling in Thuringia

Such a day at the water feels directly like vacation! Thuringia offers a lot of great excursion destinations. But there's also plenty for hikers and park lovers to discover. Here are the personal highlights of ADAC travel expert Anne.
Goethes Gartenhaus in Weimar
Rose hedges, white asparagus and an outdoor testing ground

Goethe’s passion for gardens

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s love of nature has provided us with a wealth of poems and notes today. What he describes was literally on his doorstep, as he often found inspiration in his gardens and the Park an der Ilm. During the five decades that the poet spent in Weimar, he repeatedly turned to nature, botany and horticulture.
Out and about with the Thuringia.MyCulture. app

Exploring Thuringia’s palaces

If someone mentions Thuringia, the first things that come to my mind are bratwurst sausages, the Thuringian Forest with the Rennsteig Trail, and tasty Thuringian dumplings – but palaces? Not so much.
Panorama der Stadtmauer in Mühlhausen
Good things come in threes

Discovering Thuringian towns at Wartburg Hainich World Heritage region

To see as much as possible in the shortest possible time. Those were my friend Charlotte’s stipulations for our weekend trip. She’s keen on cute towns with a medieval vibe – cobbled streets, half-timbered buildings and enchanting little lanes are very much her thing. They’re totally instagrammable, as she is fond of saying. It just so happens that this fits in really well with the break I had planned anyway: hopping from town to town enjoying a bit of culture along the way. So off we go!