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A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Thüringen. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.


Thüringen - Thuringia

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Flag of the German Federal State of Thüringen

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.
where in Germany is Thuringia?

Official Name: Thüringen
en: Thuringia
Motto: “The Green Heart of Germany.”

Abbreviation: TH

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Capital City: Erfurt

Other Cities: Weimar, Jena, Bad Liebenstein, Eisenach, 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.

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Official Sites of Thüringen

The Official Website of the Government of Thuringia.

Thüringer Landtag
The parliament of Thuringia.

Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik
Thuringia in figures (in German).


Google Earth Google Earth Thüringen
Searchable map/satellite view of Thüringen.
Google Earth Google Earth Erfurt
Searchable map/satellite view of the capital of Thüringen.

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany


Newspapers from Thuringia online (in German)

Südthüringer Zeitung
Local news Thuringia.

Thüringer Allgemeine
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.


Arts & Culture

J. S. Bach
Bach-Archiv Leipzig
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.

Thüringer Bachwochen
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.

Kunstfest Weimar
Official website of the annual Weimar Arts Festival.

Wartburg Castle
Wartburg was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.


Business & Economy

Thüringer 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.

Important Companies
Jenoptik AG
Specialist for photonic and mechatronic technologies, Jena

Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss Corporation, founded in Jena (1846)

Schott AG
Glass made of ideas. The Schott Glaswerke AG was founded in 1884 at Jena.


Destination Thüringen - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Thüringen: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.

Thüringen Tourismus
Official Thuringia Tourism information (in German).
Thuringia Tourism (in English)

Thüringer Wald
Visitors information for the Thuringian Forest (in German)

The State Capital, Landeshauptstadt Thüringens.
Erfurt Tourism
Discover Erfurt.

Major Cities (official sites):
European City of Culture 1999 - World Heritage (since 1998)
The City of Jena.

Other Cities (official sites):
Bad Liebenstein
Oldest spa town in in Thuringia
The "Wartburg Castle town".
Otto Dix Stadt.
A cultural and historical centre of Thuringia.
University city.


Universität Erfurt
Technische Universität Ilmenau

Zeiss Planetarium Jena

Environment & Nature

Nature Parks in Thuringia
Naturpark Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal
Official website of the "Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal" nature park.
Naturpark Kyffhäuser
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).

Naturparke Deutschland
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.



After German unification the state of Thuringia was reestablished in October 1990 as one of the five "New States".

Thuringia History
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

Wikipedia: Thüringen
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