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On the Thuringia tourist trail - Inverness Courier

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

With these credentials it is a great place to explore, and here are some of the delightful towns to see.The magnificent town hall of Erfurt, with replacement statues for the originals stolen at the end of the war.Erfurt This is the capital. It is around 1260 years old so has loads of old buildings, including a medieval bridge, 125 metres long with 35 houses built on it, the longest in Europe that still has people living on it as well as shops.Nearby is the Late Synagogue Museum, recalling the times of the Nazi era. There are two huge churches on a ridge dominating the market square. St Mary’s cathedral and St Severus church are angled slightly away from one another, leaving a massive triangular staircase to connect with the square below. The magnificent town hall of Erfurt, with replacement statues for the originals stolen at the end of the war.To the right is the squat large fortress, built to dominate the whole town. The Augustinian Monastery is also spectacular. More modern is the Ega Park, which has the largest flower bed with ornamental flowers in the whole of Europe. There are Bauhaus design buildings here, but to find out more about this go on to...Weimar This is the centre of culture, democracy, literature, and also where the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp is. After World War I, the great desir...https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/lifestyle/culture-castles-and-kilometres-of-trails-in-german-state-181187/

Discovering Thuringia, Home to Germany’s Enchanting Christmas Markets - Vogue

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Below, explore Thuringia’s must-visit markets and other notable sights:In Erfurt, traditional Christmas markets prevailAdvertisementErfurt is Thuringia’s capital city, as well as its largest city overall, with a population of over 200,000. It’s also home to Thuringia’s largest Christmas market, the Erfurter Weihnachtsmarkt, along with several other mini markets spread out across the city. (There are over 200 different booths overall.) In the main market, find the best of traditional German food—and drink!—as well as a wide selection of handmade décor.Strolling the booths, I’m instantly drawn to the glass-blown Christmas ornaments, one of Thuringia’s specialties, that come in all shapes and sizes, from classic red and green baubles to the kitschier weihnachtsgurke, a shiny green pickle-shaped ornament that is all the rage here (tradition goes that whoever finds it on the tree first on Christmas Eve gets to open their presents first). Woodwork is also a specialty of the region. There are wood-carved figurines, from Santa Claus to nutcrackers, that are sold with tiny incense burners hidden in the bottom. German Christmas pyramids are also made of the material; they're decorated with figurines from a nativity scene, and a spinning rotor at the top is fueled by the rising heat of burning candles, which are placed along the bottom. (Every house here owns one—it’s a mainstay piece.)In between spending all of my euros, I taste the fantastic bratwurst sausages and large, salty pretzels. I try the hot candied nuts, which are sold by the pound—there are almonds, cashews, and walnuts. Heart-shaped gingerbread cookies are a crowd-pleaser: here, they come iced with kitschy slogans, such as “vielen, vielen dank” (thanks a lot). I’m told I must also try the Stollen, a special fruit bread made with nuts, spices, and candied fruits. To sip—and de-thaw from the cold, there's a large variety of glühwein, a concoction made of warmed red or white wine infused with oranges, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar.Despite the treasures to be found here, what makes Erfurt’s main market is especially dazzling due to its surroundings. There is a larg...https://www.vogue.com/article/touring-germanys-christmas-markets

Germany's Bundesgartenschau: Come for the flowers, stay for the art, architecture, leisure - Stars and Stripes

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Restaurants, snack stands, cafes and a wine bar cater to one’s culinary needs, but you can also pack a picnic to enjoy among the flowers. Should you miss it, the next BUGA is in Erfurt in 2021. Two years later, it is in Mannheim on the grounds of the U.S. Army’s former Spinelli Barracks. abrams.mike@stripes.com Twitter: @stripes_photog   DIRECTIONS: Heilbronn is off Autobahn A6 on the Neckar River, about 40 miles north of Stuttgart, about 90 miles east of Kaiserslautern and about 100 miles south-east of Wiesbaden.Follow the BUGA logo to parking. The Heilbronn main train station is across from the grounds, about a six-minute walk to the gate. TIMES: Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 6. COSTS: Admission is free for people under 15; 8 euros for people 16 to 25; 23 euros if you are 26 to 66; and 21 euros for seniors 67 and above. Parking is 5 euros. FOOD: There are restaurants scattered throughout the grounds. INFORMATION: Online: buga2019.de. Under Hauptmenu, scroll down to Service and then BUGA — Life in Bloom for information in English. Dogs are not allowed on the BUGA grounds. A sculpture by Jaume Plensa, made of painted steel, sits among the flowers at the Budesgartenschau in Heilbronn, Germany. There are many works of art sprinkled throughout the grounds of the federal garden show.MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES article continues below  Let's block ads! (Why?)...https://www.stripes.com/germany-s-bundesgartenschau-come-for-the-flowers-stay-for-the-art-architecture-leisure-1.580322

Merkel returns two Nolde paintings after exhibition exposes Nazi links - The Times of Israel

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Illustrative photo of a press presentation on the occasion of the restitution of the 1929 painting ‘Begonias’ by Emil Nolde in Erfurt, Germany, November 12, 2018. (AP/Jens Meyer) But he acknowledged that such parsing may not be a priority for a leader who is battling global crises on multiple fronts. Writer Florian Illies, in Die Zeit weekly, also said it would been more productive to “give space to the truth, that mean-spirited people can also make high art.” “It is of course uncomfortable. But much more courageous than starting again to remove paintings from the walls.” Thole Rotermund, the treasurer of Germany’s federation of galleries and art traders, told news agency DPA that Merkel should give a clear explanation for her decision. If Nolde is being shunned because of his political views, “then she should no longer be sitting in the first row” at the Bayreuth opera festival which Merkel attends annually and which features the works of notorious anti-Semite Richard Wagner. For Christian Ring, the director of the Seebuell Ada and Emil Nolde Foundation, the debate that has erupted over the artist “is very, very exciting”. “I think it is right that people are talking about it, and that people are analyzing the situation and discussing it. “That’s something I find more important than what’s been removed from the walls or not removed. And that’s what we’re trying to do with this exhibition — we want a discussion, how should we navigate this vis-a-vis our moral compass,” he said. Merkel’s office too, “must develop its own view on what art should be presented in the chancellery,” he said. People look at work of Emil Nolde at an exhibition about the artist at the Hamburger Bahnhof museum in Berlin, Germany, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) One thing was certain though — Merkel’s decision would go down in history as an “anecdote to show how after so many years, … Hitler… still generates so much interest that is difficult to ignore,” predicted Fulda. “And that’s why you get this panicky reaction.” ...https://www.timesofisrael.com/merkel-returns-two-nolde-paintings-after-exhibition-exposes-nazi-links/

On the Thuringia tourist trail - Inverness Courier

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The state of Thuringia is in the very heart of Germany. It is packed with forests, more than 450 castles and fortresses, 16,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails, 1700 kilometres of cycling trails, loads of breweries, and its speciality is a sausage about 35cm long!With these credentials it is a great place to explore, and here are some of the delightful towns to see.The magnificent town hall of Erfurt, with replacement statues for the originals stolen at the end of the war.Erfurt This is the capital. It is around 1260 years old so has loads of old buildings, including a medieval bridge, 125 metres long with 35 houses built on it, the longest in Europe that still has people living on it as well as shops.Nearby is the Late Synagogue Museum, recalling the times of the Nazi era. There are two huge churches on a ridge dominating the market square. St Mary’s cathedral and St Severus church are angled slightly away from one another, leaving a massive triangular staircase to connect with the square below...https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/lifestyle/culture-castles-and-kilometres-of-trails-in-german-state-181187/

Discovering Thuringia, Home to Germany’s Enchanting Christmas Markets - Vogue

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

First-time travelers to Germany may flock to the livelier hubs that are Berlin, Frankfurt, or Munich—but hidden from the crowds in the middle of the country is Thuringia, one of Germany’s smaller states. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in a high number of historical landmarks and figures: it is where the composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born, where poets Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller lived and developed their craft, and where the Bauhaus art and design movement was first ignited. It is also home to over 400 different castles and palaces, all of which are anchored by the scenic Thuringian Forest that holds a variety of different hiking trails.Visit Thuringia in December, though, and it really comes alive: it happens to hold some of the best Christmas markets in the world. (We’re talking next-level, capital-F festive, seriously postcard-worthy Christmas markets.) Every holiday season, communities across the state set up enchanting booths filled with plenty of local crafts, food, and wine. They are usually erected in the cities’ main marktplatz, though some of them spread their markets out across town, or even host t...https://www.vogue.com/article/touring-germanys-christmas-markets

Germany's Thuringia Seeks to Awaken Its “Sleeping Beauty” - Travel Agent

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Thuringia Garden Show in Schmalkalden // Photo by Maureen Stone Thuringia, a region branded as the cultural heart of Germany and located in the dead center of the country, has been primarily a domestic tourism destination attracting almost 95 percent German guests since the nations 1990 reunification. Starting with this years eventful German Travel Mart, hosted during Aprils final days in the cities of Erfurt and Weimar, the German National Tourist Board and the Thuringia Tourist Board have served notice they are on a mission to attract the international market, including Americans, to their hidden gem.The regions modern tourism handicap is rooted in 1945s World War II geopolitical outcome. The allied division of the eastern side of Germany put postwar Bavaria under American control and its northerly neighbor Thuringia in Russian territory. Thuringia and four other eastern states fell into the German Democratic Republic (GDR), under which Thuringian students were required to study Ru...https://www.travelagentcentral.com/destinations/germany-s-thuringia-seeks-to-awaken-its-sleeping-beauty

How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Left Party. The unrest in Chemnitz in August marked a turning point for the AfD. There, the party joined a phalanx of agitators and neo-Nazis, with the AfD's Thuringia state chapter leader Björn Höcke marching side-by-side with an activist from Pegida -- the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant group -- who has multiple criminal convictions on his record. For years, politics in Germany had been shaped by the old polarity between left and right. But those days are over. The question of identity now seems to be more important, which seemingly scrambles the party system. Sahra Wagenknecht of the Left Party is creating a new movement called "Aufstehen," German for "Stand Up," that she hopes will be a magnet for voters who would like to see a bigger welfare state and fewer immigrants. The move places additional pressure on the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which has fluctuated between a culture of welcoming refugees and warnings of a loss of control since the refugee crisis. The business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP), meanwhile, has morphed into a law and order party. And the only thing still holding the CDU and Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU's Bavarian sister party, together is the fear of losing power. The only parties that seem to be profiting from the new political complexities are the Greens and the AfD. So, how to deal with a party that fulminates against the mainstream with such abandon while at the spreading its own tentacles further into the center of society, into gov...http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/how-the-alternative-for-germany-has-transformed-the-country-a-1227360.html