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Things to do in Thuringia

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Weimar: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Walking Tour

1. Weimar: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Walking Tour

Your city game box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Following clear and precise directions, you will be taken on a walk through Weimar’s wonderful historic city center, as you solve the riddles to find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You won’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened, and additionally, for all the sights you visit, you will receive detailed information regarding their historical background, current use, and much more. It’s up to you when to start your scavenger hunt through Weimar historic city center, as well as how long you wish to stay at each location. You can let yourself be transported on a mysterious and unconventional tour. You can take a break from your city game at any time or even continue your scavenger hunt on another day, just as you like. You will start at the newly-opened Bauhaus Museum, from where you will pass the national theater and the former residences of Goethe and Schiller, as well as the famous Anna-Amalia-Library. You will also come by the castle and park around the river Ilm. There is no need to make an appointment for your scavenger hunt game. Simply book the game box and get it sent to you (the shipping costs are already included in the price), or notify your guides to pick it up during opening times.

Erfurt: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

2. Erfurt: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

In the game box, you'll find eleven sealed and numbered envelopes. In these, you find small tasks that need to be solved. Led by clear directions,  walk around the Erfurt old town, solving the puzzles in order to get to the next station. As solution for the puzzles, you get a number that tells you what envelope you have to open next. As you criss-cross through the city, you’ll receive detailed background information on the history of each site that you reach.  You decide for yourself when to start the tour, and along the way, take as much time as you’d like stopping for a bite to eat, a coffee, or to do some shopping. The game starts at the famous Erfurt Cathedral, and leads you through the city’s most historic sights. Walk pass Kaufmannskirche, Stadtmuseum zur Krämerbrücke, and the Petersberg Fortress. Above all, experience the city in a unique way, having a blast with your family, friends, or yourself. Please note that the game is in German.

Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

3. Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

Experience incredible tranquility and nature idyll on this relaxing river cruise from Leipzig into the riverside forest. Discover the unique biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the beautiful Leipzig floodplain forest. Hop on an electric motorboat, starting at the boathouse and travel across the flood bed along the Pleiße, away from the street noise of the big city. Discover a forest rich in a wide variety of animal and plant species.  Take advantage of the many shady ancient oaks on the shore on warm sunny days. End at the boathouse where you can continue to explore the Leipzig floodplain forest on foot.

Leipzig: Floodplain Forest & City River Cruise

4. Leipzig: Floodplain Forest & City River Cruise

Set off on a river cruise onboard an electric motorboat to explore the Leipzig floodplain forest. Experience the biodiversity of the flora and fauna and admire the city's industrial heritage. Travel across the flood bed along the Pleiße, away from the street noise of the big city. From there, ride past the newly renovated grandstand of the racecourse at the "Scheibenholz" to the Palmengartenwehr. Leave the Elster flood bed and turn into the Weiße Elster, and see Germany's first mail-order business and the Gründerzeit industrial buildings in Plagwitz. Travel along the Weiße Elster and navigate the Karl-Heine-Canal. Passing the former "Riverboat", turn off at the stilt house and drive back to the starting point at the wildlife park.

Erfurt: Private Guided Classic Old Town E-Rickshaw Tour

5. Erfurt: Private Guided Classic Old Town E-Rickshaw Tour

Your expert rickshaw guide will show you and explain the historical sights of Erfurt on an exciting, private Old Town tour. In 90 minutes, the cultural splendor across all the city's eras will be explored. And all onboard an e-rickshaw, protected from rain and sun and thus perfect for any season. Meet your guide at the fish market. Your personal rickshaw guide will take you to the historical registry office, a.k.a. the House of Sonneborn. Visit the Waidspeicher. The highlight of the area is the cathedral square, home to the stately St. Mary's Cathedral. Discover Erfurt's past and present with the comfort and convenience of an e-rickshaw. Relax while your driver cycles past the top sights in Erfurt's Old Town. Take photo breaks or make a stop to sample the famous Thuringian Rostbratwurst whenever you like. Along the winding Waagegasse, look out at the Old Synagogue. Cruise through the Michaelisviertel to the next stop, the Collegium Maius, the old university. The crowning glory will be the Krämerbrücke with its impressive half-timbered houses.

Erfurt: Exciting Self-Guided Outdoor Escape Game and tour

6. Erfurt: Exciting Self-Guided Outdoor Escape Game and tour

Become a detective with an outdoor mystery game and discover the beauty of the old city of Erfurt. Download the app and follow the instructions to set up your Erfurt murder mystery game. Learn about a fictional case and solve riddles and stories to find the culprit. You will start the game at a popular sight in the center. As you walk, hear a fictional story about a missing person. The victim is a former police officer and bestseller author who has disappeared along with his script. Follow the app to various locations to solve this mysterious case. At different locations, you will get access to some audio files or reports related to the criminal case and the missing author. You will meet his friends, listen to witnesses and read or listen to police reports. Maybe you will find out what happened and also get ahold of his script. Uncover hidden gems of Erfurt during the game. Play with your friends and solve riddles anytime with your team.

Erfurt: Guided Steigerwald Nature and Views Segway Tour

7. Erfurt: Guided Steigerwald Nature and Views Segway Tour

Discover Erfurt’s historical sights on a guided segway tour. Start off with a detailed debriefing on how to drive a segway before kicking off the tour on Petersberg mountain. Drive through the beautiful Brühler garden to Dreibrunnen Park. After a short drive, reach the Steigerwald hill region and the Waldkasino, with its unique view over the state capital. Away from the asphalt, zoom past meadows, small frog biotopes, and up to the highest point in the Steigerwald.  Take in the views of the Thuringian Basin. Passing small gardens and paddocks, go downhill to Erfurt's Kressepark and back to the starting point.

Erfurt: Old Town Highlights Segway Discovery Tour

8. Erfurt: Old Town Highlights Segway Discovery Tour

Explore Erfurt on a segway tour through the old town. After a safety training session, hit the open road alongside a guide to discover Kilianipark, Geraaue, St. Severi Church, the fish market, and Wenigemarkt, and check out the Krämerbrücke. Choose between the 2-hour or the more detailed 3-hour tour. Both tours have similar itinerary, but the 3-hour tour is more detailed and relaxed. The tour begins at the activity provider's headquarters near Kilianipark in the valley where the Gera originated. First, listen to detailed instructions and participate in some driving training on the Segway. Drive through the completely new and enchantingly designed Geraaue. This landscape park stretches over 5 kilometers along the Gera and is home to countless animals. Continue to the impressive Cathedral and St. Severi Church. Explore the small streets of Erfurt on the Segway, past the wedding house to the Erfurt town hall and the fish market, to the Wenigemarkt, and finally the longest built bridge in Europe, the Krämerbrücke. There will be several opportunities to try a traditional Thuringian bratwurst or have an ice cream (at your own expense). Drive back comfortably to the starting point, past the old synagogue and the university where Luther studied.

Erfurt: KiKa TV Characters Kids Tour by Pedicab

9. Erfurt: KiKa TV Characters Kids Tour by Pedicab

Ride through the picturesque streets of Erfurt, with its historic buildings and medieval architecture, as you embark on an adventure to look for your favorite childhood TV characters. Join your guide aboard a pedicab and comb the streets for the iconic figures, popular among kids and adults alike. Join a fun journey through the city and discover some local landmarks as you visit each figure. Get picked up at the fish market and see the colorful life-sized statues of The Sandman, Tabaluga, and Pittiplatsch, among many other cartoon heroes. Explore local sites such as the Krämerbrücke and Theaterplatz and make stops at your most beloved character's figure, perhaps Moppi or Schnatterinchen. Snap as many pictures as you want before being driven back to the fish market or even a restaurant.

From Leipzig: Day Tour to the Green Belt

10. From Leipzig: Day Tour to the Green Belt

Explore the towns of Röcken, Lützen, Mödlareuth, Burgstein and Sachsgrün from Leipzig with a local guide. Come across the Green Belt of the former inner-German border. Relish the peaceful nature, enjoy free time and taste local culinary of the region. Stop in Lützen and Röcken, the hometowns of Gustav Adolf and Friedrich Nietzsche. Take a short visit to Blankenstein, the beginning of the Rennsteig and former inner-German border town of today, Thuringia - Bavaria, known also as Little Berlin. Go to Museum Mödlareuth and the border station, Gutenfürst. Take a detour to the Castle ruins near Krebes and walk along the Green Belt near Sachsgrün. Visit the Saxon province, a place that has produced some great thinkers. Explore the abandoned peripheral areas that have written history, or were its plaything.

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What people are saying about Thuringia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 313 reviews

When the bus arrived at 9.00 am we were relaxed and happy that it was just the 3 of us on board. The day's destination Bad Lauchstädt, Walkenried monastery ruins, Torfhaus combined with a hike, Ilsenburg and finally Wernigerode, who would have thought that we could do all this. Even the weather was great. We are happy to recommend this trip to the Harz Mountains. Catherine

A very fascinating day. We learned so much about the history of the area, why all the musical instrument makers we're in this area, and what has happened to them. There are a couple of other great stops that don't have anything to do with music, but are great in their own right.

We can only recommend the rickshaw tour as a small city tour. Very informative and entertaining. Wonderful for the first impressions of Erfurt. Gernot and his colleague were very nice and friendly. Keep it up. The Hoehn family from Bavaria.

great, varied tour with all the important sights! We also really liked that they were so flexible. The information on the slips of paper is very interesting and well selected.

Very flexible, no time pressure. Interesting explanations of the individual stations.