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Erfurt with Dome (left) and Severichurch (right).
Thüringen - Thuringia
Flag of Thüringen
Official Name: Thüringen
Motto: “The Green Heart of Germany.”
Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Capital City: Erfurt
Other Cities: Weimar (Culture capital 1999), Jena (City of Lights), Bad Liebenstein, Eisenach (City of Wartburg Castle), Gera, Gotha, Ilmenau.
Location: in Middle Germany north of Bavaria
Area: 16,172 km²
Population (2012): 2.17 million
Religions: 21% Protestants, 5,3% Roman Catholic, 72% no religious affiliation.
Natural resources: Gravel sand, limestone, gypsum, clay slate.
Agriculture products: biofuels and biomass, livestock, cereal, potatoes, vegetables, fruits.
Industries: Automobile manufacture and automotive supply, microelectronics, optics and optoelectronics.
The Free State of Thuringia is located in Middle Germany, bordering (from the northwest and clockwise) the German states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Hesse.
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Official Sites of Thüringen
The Official Website of the Government of Thuringia.
The parliament of Thuringia.
Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik
Thuringia in figures (in German).
MapsGoogle Earth Thüringen
Searchable map/satellite view of Thüringen.
Google Earth Erfurt
Searchable map/satellite view of the capital of Thüringen.
Political Map of Germany
Administrative Map of Germany
NewsNewspapers from Thuringia online (in German)
Local news Thuringia.
Local news Eisenach, Erfurt, Gotha, Weimar.
TLZ - Thüringische Landeszeitung
Thuringia regional news.
UNZ (Unsere Neue Zeitung)
Thuringia's left wing newspaper.
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)
Public radio and television.
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Arts & Culture
J. S. Bach
The Bach Archive is widely recognized as the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship.
Johann Sebastian Bach, the most famous of a large musical family, was born in Eisenach, Thuringia in 1685.
Thuringian Bach Festival is celebrated at various places related to J. S. Bach and the Bach family.
Otto Dix Haus
Birthplace of the painter and printmaker Otto Dix, one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity).
Jena Culture Arena, Theater, Film, Music.
Official website of the annual Weimar Arts Festival.
Wartburg was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Business & EconomyThüringer Aufbaubank (TAB)
The Thuringian reconstruction and development bank.
Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH LEG
State Development Corporation offers investors advice.
Stiftung für Technologie- und Innovationsförderung Thüringen (STIFT)
Thuringian Foundation for the Promotion of Technology and Innovation in Thuringia.
Specialist for photonic and mechatronic technologies, Jena
Carl Zeiss Corporation, founded in Jena (1846)
Glass made of ideas. The Schott Glaswerke AG was founded in 1884 at Jena.
Destination Thüringen - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Thüringen: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.
Official Thuringia Tourism information (in German).
Thuringia Tourism (in English)
Visitors information for the Thuringian Forest (in German)
The State Capital, Landeshauptstadt Thüringens.
Major Cities (official sites):
European City of Culture 1999 - World Heritage (since 1998)
The City of Jena.
Other Cities (official sites):
Oldest spa town in in Thuringia
The "Wartburg Castle town".
Otto Dix Stadt.
A cultural and historical centre of Thuringia.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Technische Universität Ilmenau
Zeiss Planetarium Jena
Environment & NatureNature Parks in Thuringia
Official website of the "Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal" nature park.
The nature park Kyffhäuser at the three mountain ranges, Kyffhäuser mountains, Windleite und Hainleite.
Naturpark Thüringer Schiefergebirge/Obere Saale
Site of the nature park " Thuringia Slate Mountain/Upper Saale”.
Naturpark Thüringer Wald
Information about the nature park Thüringer Wald (Thuringia Forest), one of the largest nature parks of Germany (in German).
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.
HistoryAfter German unification the state of Thuringia was reestablished in October 1990 as one of the five "New States".
Wikipedia entry about Thuringia's History.
Wikipedia entry about the Thuringii, a Germanic tribe which appeared around 280 AD, in a region which still bears their name to this day — Thuringia.
Additional Information about Thüringen
Open Directory Project: Thüringen
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