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! 

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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!
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.
Sonnenaufgang am Saalestrand in Jena
Leisure and recreation in and around Jena

Welcome to paradise

Lots of green spaces, easy to get around, a vibrant student scene. Plus culture and restaurants in abundance and a surrounding region that’s perfect for cycling and walking. And all set within a mediterranean landscape, dotted with castles and palaces. Welcome to paradise – welcome to Jena.
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.
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!
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.
Thüringer Bergbahn im Schwarzatal
The Thuringian Mountain Railway

Take the funicular into herb country

A real treasure for historical railway enthusiasts and nature lovers awaits in the wild and romantic Schwarza valley. The fully electrified Oberweissbach funicular railway has been serving the region since the early 20th century. In summer, an open-top carriage allows you to savour the fresh woodland air and enjoy the breeze on your face, while the ‘natural remedy train’ provides an interactive introduction to Thuringia’s herb country.
Chinesischer Garten in Weißensee
Gardens and beer – the perfect combination

Discovering happiness in Weissensee

“Two beers and a murder!” I exclaim as we pass a sign that says ‘Weissensee’. “What?” Clara, who is driving our car, brakes sharply. “Well, you know, Weissensee!” I blurt out excitedly.
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.