Things to do in Thuringia

Our most recommended things to do in Thuringia

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: Floodplain Forest & City River Cruise

3. 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.

Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

4. 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.

Erfurt: Exciting Self-Guided Outdoor Escape Game and tour

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

6. 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.

From Leipzig: Day Tour to the Green Belt

7. 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.

Harz Mountains Day Trip

8. Harz Mountains Day Trip

Visit Bad Lauchstädt Castle and spa facilities. Go to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Walkenried Monastery Ruins, take a small trek to Moorland from the National Park Center, Torfhaus and stop in Ilsenburg and Wernigerode (town hall). Get beautiful views of the Harz Mountains and its exposed low mountain range surrounded by flatland. See the oldest mining region in Germany. Discover a natural paradise with the Harz National Park and in the center, the 1141 meter high Brocken Peak. Hear legends and myths from prehistoric times to the present from your local guide. Head to the Walkenried monastery ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go on a small Moorland hike in Torfhaus, where you will hopefully get a view of Brocken if the weather is good. On an extensive round trip by comfortable van transportation around the Harz summit, get to know the tranquil towns of Ilsenburg and Wernigerode. Enjoy free time during the day and taste local delicacies and specialties along the way. Make your way back to Leipzig after a lovely day.

Erfurt: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

9. Erfurt: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

Explore Erfurt through an unusual, but fun adventure. Take part in an interactive smartphone game with your partner that will help you get to know each other a bit better. Unlock clues to your next destination by taking on tasks and answering tricky and funny questions about each other. Begin your game in the city center and allow the app to guide you from there. You will receive funny instructions about how to move through the area and you can design your own route. Challenge yourself and your partner by acting as a team to solve even the trickiest questions and situations. Enjoy a special outdoor date and create long-lasting memories as a couple. Step away from mainstream areas and traditional tours to focus on creating your own adventure. Take advantage of the bonus tasks and riddles to keep playing even after the game is over. We recommend: Play this outdoor adventure only in a team of two persons.

Seitenroda: Leuchtenburg Castle Entry Ticket

10. Seitenroda: Leuchtenburg Castle Entry Ticket

Uncover the secrets of the 13th-Century Leuchtenburg Castle in Seitenroda with this entry ticket. Take in views of rolling green hills from the castle's Skywalk of Wishes platform. Step back in time as you discover wonders in the castle's museum. Enter enter the hilltop castle of Leuchtenburg and gaze out over the verdant Saale valley from an elevation of 400 meters. Engage with the past in this castle that is almost 1,000-years-old, which was once s a prison, an asylum, and an old youth hostel. Expereince the breath of history and discover spectacular, internationally acclaimed architecture like the medieval defense tower that is still being unearthed. Float high above the valley on the Skywalk of Desires, where you can purchase a plate, write your wish, and break the plate. See what what goes into producing high quality porcelain in the castle's museum and discover some other treasures from the times of knights. Go for a stroll through an old witch's kitchen and check out the ramparts and the herb garden.  

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What people are saying about Thuringia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 262 reviews

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.

super abwechslungsreich. es ist auf jeden fall für jeden was dabei (außer für die die eine stadtführung machen wollen, hier wäre man falsch). wir waren sehr zufrieden.

Highly recommended, the trip was great fun and very informative. We'll definitely do it again. thumbs up

Great tour, wonderful scenery and knowledgeable guide. Great experience!

It was a great experience, will definitely do it again... keep it up