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Bach, Bier and Goethe – 3 days, 2 nights

 Day 1: Arrival, brewery feast in the evening

Day 2: Get to know Arnstadt during a city tour, e.g. a costume tour with Johann Sebastian Bach, afterwards you can visit the Bach exhibition in the castle museum.

  1. Breakfast and check-out, then drive to the Goethe city Ilmenau (approx. 24 km) – discover the wonderful nature on a hike from the market place Ilmenau to the Kickelhahn and visit the Goethe cottage.

Also available: Organ concert in the Bachkirche


Guided city tour with Johann Sebastian Bach

Historically correct & entertainingly coquettish. During this entertaining city walk the lifelines of the Bach family of musicians are skillfully interwoven with 1,300 years of city history. Johann Sebastian himself leads you through picturesque alleys and lets you share his adventurous life and some anecdotes in an entertaining way. So let yourself be seduced!

Duration: 120 minutes Meeting point: individual Price: 80,00 EUR up to 20 persons, each additional person: 4,00 EUR


Kickelhahn and Goethe’s cottage

 The 861 m high Kickelhahn is the local mountain of Ilmenau and with its 24 m high observation tower one of the landmarks of the city. It lies directly on the 20 km long Goethe hiking trail and at the same time forms its highest point. The hike on the Kickelhahner Weg is about 3.8 km long. Alternatively, you can park at the Herzogröderwiese hiking car park, from where it is only about 350m to walk.


Goethe’s cottage

“Above all peaks is peace …” Goethe wrote on the wall of this small refuge on September 6th 1780. From this the world-famous “Wanderers Nachtlied” (“Wanderer’s Nightsong“)  was later created. Admission is free.



Tour de Bier – 3 days, 2 nights

 Day 1: Arrival, brewery feast in the evening

Day 2: Drive through the scenic Schwarzatal valley to Cursdorf (approx. 50km) to the valley station of the Oberweißbach mountain railway. The steepest funicular railway to transport normal-gauge railway cars overcomes a 25% gradient and a difference in altitude of 323 m on its 18-minute journey. Walk through the Fröbelwald at the mountain station and enjoy your lunch in the dining car in Lichtenhain. After the return journey to the valley station you continue to the brewery tour to Watzdorf (approx. 25km). “Watzdorfer” is the largest brewery in the region. During a brewery tour you will learn a lot about brewing then and now, of course with a tasting. Afterwards, you return your journey to Arnstadt (approx. 33km).

3rd day breakfast, check-out


Oberweißbach Bergbahn (mountain railway)

The wildly romantic Schwarzatal has a lot to offer. High towering rocks, deep forests, picturesque rivers – an experience for the eye and soul. The Oberweißbacher Bergbahn was opened in 1923 and connects the valley with the villages of the plateau. During the 18-minute ride, this funicular overcomes a difference in altitude of 323 m and offers an unbelievable panoramic view of the Schwarzatal valley and the Thuringian Forest at an incline of 25%. In the summer months, when the weather is fine, a convertible car is on its way on the goods platform of the mountain railway.

Oberweißbach Berg- und and Schwarzatalbahn
An der Bergbahn 1 | 98744 Schwarzatal

Tel. +49 (0) 36705 201-34 | Email:


Watzdorfer Traditions- und Spezialitätenbrauerei (Watzdorf traditional and speciality brewery)

Beer has been brewed in Watzdorf since 1411, making the Watzdorfer Brewery one of the oldest breweries in Germany. During the brewery tour you will learn a lot about the traditional art of brewing and modern brewing technology. The small, lovingly furnished Brewery Museum gives you an insight into the history of the brewery. If you like, you can smell hops and nibble malt kernels.

Guided tours upon request;

Tel.: +49 (0)36741/6160 or by Email:


4 days Thuringia intensively – 4 days, 3 nights

 Day 1: Arrival, brewery feast in the evening

Day 2: Embark on an exciting journey through the wildly romantic Schwarzatal and the Thuringian Olitätenland. Visit one of the herb seminars in Fröbelstadt (approx. 45km) or the herb garden at the Paulinzella monastery ruin (approx. 21km). Afterwards we recommend a ride with the Oberweißbacher Bergbahn.

Day 3: Drive to the former residence town of Rudolstadt and discover “Schiller’s secret lover” (approx. 39km). Schloss Heidecksburg takes you into the world of rococo. In the afternoon we recommend a visit to the Saalfeld fairy grottos, the most magnificent color show grottos in the world. (approx. 12 km from Rudolstadt).

Day 4: Breakfast, check-out


Fröbelstadt Herbal Seminars

 Whether day courses or herbal seminars on weekends, from herbal hikes to workshops in the great outdoors – enjoy the special atmosphere and immerse yourself in the world of herbs.

Memorialmuseum Friedrich Fröbel
Markt 10 | 98744 Oberweißbach
Tel.: +49 (0) 36705-62123


Herb garden at the monastery ruin Paulinzella

 The monastery herb garden, which was laid out privately in 2012, is located directly below the monastery ruins. It is freely accessible at all times, so that you can enjoy the herbs on the 27 raised beds and the view of the monastery ruins. Courses and hikes are offered.

Kräutergarten Paulinzella / Kräuterwekstatt in Milbitz Claudia Wallnisch Tel. +49 (0) 36739-31079 or +49 (0) 174-1770625 Email:


Rudolstadt and castle Heidecksburg


A charming landscape, lively cultural tradition and the work of famous poets and scholars such as Schiller and Goethe, Fichte, Humboldt and Schopenhauer, the musicians Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Paganini as well as the pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel are closely connected with the city and its surroundings. Several porcelain manufactories, which are mainly dedicated to the production of decorative porcelain and some of which can be visited, form the industrial focus of the city.


Heidecksburg Castle

The Heidecksburg castle, visible from afar, towers on the Schlossberg hill above Rudolstadt’s old town. The mighty, three-winged baroque castle was built in the second half of the 18th century. Heidecksburg Castle was the residence of the royal family of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt until 1918. The large ballroom is one of the most beautiful of the German rococo period.

Thüringer Landesmuseum Heidecksburg Schlossbezirk 1 | 07407 Rudolstadt

Opening hours: April-October: 10am-6pm November-March: 10am-5pm


Erlebniswelt Feengrotten (Fairy grotto adventure)

Many centuries ago, in search of gold, silver and other coveted metals, the miners found a sought-after rock – the black alum slate. In the course of time, nature transformed the underground cavities into a colorful stalactite world that fascinates thousands of visitors every year.

Saalfelder Feengrotten und Tourismus GmbH
Feengrottenweg 2, 07318 Saalfeld, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 3671 – 55040 | Mail:

Opening hours:

November to end of March: daily from 11am to 3.30pm (closed in January)

Beginning of April to end of October: daily from 11am to 5pm

Closed Monday (except on public holidays)


Castle tour – 5 days, 4 nights

Day 1: Arrival, brewery feast in the evening

Day 2: Today we drive through the area of the “Drei Gleichen” to the residence city Gotha (approx. 30km). Immerse yourself in more than 1,250 years of city history and let yourself be enchanted by the artistry of the former ducal house. Friedenstein Castle and the baroque universe of Gotha invite you to an exciting excursion into the 17th and 18th centuries.

Day 3: Today’s tour takes you south into the “Hennebergische” to Schleusingen and the Bertholdburg (approx. 58km). For the return journey we recommend a detour to Thuringia’s second highest mountain, the Schneekopf with its viewing tower (approx. 27km).

Day 4: Drive today to the former residence town of Rudolstadt and discover “Schiller’s secret lover” (approx. 39km). Schloss Heidecksburg takes you into the world of rococo. In the afternoon we recommend a visit to the Saalfeld fairy grottos, the most magnificent color show grottos in the world. (approx. 12km from Rudolstadt).

Day 5: Breakfast, Check-out


Baroque Universe Gotha

Friedenstein Castle rises on a hill above the town. It is a largely preserved historical monument of the early baroque period in Germany. Big halls and rooms in their original form and design are largely preserved. In addition, the facilities and holdings have been in the same place for centuries: Palace and Ducal Museum – Palace Church and Ekhof Theatre – Art and Natural Science Collection – Archive and Library – Park and Orangery Garden.

Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha
Schlossplatz 1 | 99867 Gotha, Germany |
Tel. +49 (0) 3621 8234-0




Bertholdsburg Castle

The early modern castle was named after the important Henneberger Berthold. It is home to a natural history museum and a local history museum. The 38-metre-high main tower from 1597 can be walked on as an observation tower.

Naturhistorisches Museum Schloss Bertholdsburg Schleusingen
Burgstraße 6 | 98553 Schleusingen, Germany

Opening hours

Tues – Fri, Sat – Sun as well as on holidays
9am to 5pm,  10am to 6pm


Excursion to the Schneekopf

 At 978m above sea level, it is the second highest mountain in Thuringia and offers a wonderful view of the Thuringian Forest and the Vessertal valley when the weather is fine. Through the observation tower you can even climb up to 1,001m.

Aussichtsturm auf dem Schneekopf
Schneekopf 1 | 98559 Gehlberg, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 36845 50 414


Thuringia Highlights – 5 Days, 4 Nights

Day 1: Arrival in Arnstadt. Get to know the city on a guided tour, e.g. a costume tour with Johann Sebastian Bach or E. Marlitt, the world’s first bestseller.

Day 2: Today we go to the state capital Erfurt. Not only the unique ensemble of Marien-Dom and Severi-Kirche will impress you, but also the special charm of the historical alleys, the Krämerbrücke and the wonderfully restored city center.

Day 3: Today it’s all about “pure nature”. Go on an interesting trip through the Thuringian Forest, discover the winter sports resort Oberhof (approx. 29 km) and the weapons town Suhl (approx. 16 km). The trip also takes you along the famous Rennsteig high-altitude hiking trail.

Day 4: Today we will drive through the wild and romantic Schwarzatal valley to the most colorful show grottos in the world, the fairy grottos in Saalfeld (approx. 48km). The play of colors of the underground stalactite cave world will also enchant you. Afterwards we recommend the continuation to the Hohewartestausee (approx. 18 km) and there a trip with the excursion boat.

Day 5: After breakfast and check-out, we recommend a visit to Eisenach or Weimar, depending on the route. Arnstadt is the ideal starting point to discover Thuringia.


State capital Erfurt

Visit in the state capital e.g. Domplatz with Marien-Dom and Severi-Kirche, Krämerbrücke as the longest built bridge in Europe, Augustinerkloster with Erfurter Schatz, Citadelle Petersberg with a wonderful view of the city, EGA with the horticultural museum.

Tourist Information
Benediktsplatz 1 | 99084 Erfurt, Germany | Tel. +49 (0) 361 – 66 400

TIP 2021: Visit the Federal Horticultural Show!



 Visit the original locations of great winter sports competitions, explore the nature of the heights in the Rennsteig Garden or hike a little along the famous Rennsteig high-altitude hiking trail.

Oberhofer Freizeit und Tourismus GmbH
Crawinkler Straße 2 | 98559 Oberhof, Germany |
Tel.: +49 (0) 36842 269 0,



 The city of Suhl has more than a hundred years of tradition in vehicle construction, which is closely connected with the name Simson (in 1896 the company Simson & Co. started with the production of bicycles). On 1100 m² of exhibition space in the vehicle museum Suhl about 220 exhibits from all areas of vehicle construction are shown: Bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles and automobiles. The extremely successful Suhl motor sport will occupy a special space. In the museum you will find the Simson motorcycles of the European and world champions as well as the legendary Greifzu racing car.

Fahrzeugmuseum Suhl Friedrich-König-Straße 19 | 98527 Suhl, Germany | Tel.: +49 (0) 3681 70 50 04

Opening hours: daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)


Hohewarte Reservoir

 The construction of the Hohenwarte dam created a unique, fjord-like landscape in the middle of Thuringia. Surrounded by mountains, the dammed Saale meanders through the valley and has created a unique recreation area over the years.

In addition to the scheduled trips by appointment from 8am to midnight, there are special trips for groups. Catering on board or in the beer garden “Schifferklause”.

Fahrgastschiffahrt Hohenwarte GmbH
An der Sperrmauer | 07338 Hohenwarte, Gemany Tel.: +49 (0) 3 67 33 / 2 15 28

Get to know Arnstadt and the region

 The city of Arnstadt combines culture and nature in a variety of ways. The great composer Johann Sebastian Bach comes from a family that has shaped the Thuringian musical landscape for generations. In Arnstadt, Bach found not only his first job as organist, but also his 1st wife Barbara. Embark on an entertaining journey through the life of the famous family of musicians.


Sights in Arnstadt

  • Bachkirche with Wendelorgel (church with Wendel organ)
  • Bach exhibit in the Schlossmuseum (castle museum)
  • Bach monument and Bachhaus (former residence)
  • At over 1,300 years old, Arnstadt is also the oldest town in Thuringia. Let yourself be enchanted by half-timbered houses, baroque and renaissance.
  • City wall
  • Town hall
  • Doll exhibition “Mon Plaisir”
  • Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
  • Oberkirche (another church)
  • Schlossgarten (castle garden) and Wasserschlossruine Neideck (water surge church ruins)
  • The district town of Arnstadt also has the following to offer:
  • Kunsthalle (‘Art hall’)
  • Zoo Fasanerie
  • Lokschuppen (Locomotive shed)
  • German Advertising – 100 Years of Advertising & Packaging

Arnstadt Kristall Werksverkauf (crystal factory outlet)

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