In the winter, the Thüringen Forest is a goal for winter sports fans. Hiking trails and cross country loipes wind through this mid-altitude mountain range.
Picturesque cities and regional culinary specialties like roast bratwurst and potato dumplings also beckon.
The climatic spa Oberhof is the best-known winter sports center in the Thüringen Forest. Here, world cups in biathlon, bobsled, and cross country skiing are held. And that draws vacationers and leisure athletes to the slopes, as well. Biathlon courses for amateurs are especially popular.
In the wildly romantic Schwarza Valley, tourists can sign up for courses turning them into expert gold panners.
The funicular railway in Oberweissbach is an engineering marvel built in 1923. With a 25 percent grade, it is the steepest cable railway in the world.
The royal residence city of Meiningen fascinates with its picturesque half-timbered houses, the splendid castle Schloss Elisabethenburg, and a theater with a proud history. Duke Georg II of Saxony-Meiningen instituted theater reforms in the 19th century that inspired theaters all over Europe.
Meiningen – Three Travel Tips
Google has up to 90 percent European market share - a fact many EU politicians are unhappy with. While they seek to improve market regulation, they are not likely to break up the company. Bernd Riegert in Strasbourg.
EU lawmakers are due to vote later on Thursday on a symbolic resolution to rein in the dominance of Google. The internet search giant and Brussels are also clashing over the 'right to be forgotten.'
Nearly everything that could possibly be said about a quota for women in German boardrooms has been said, but the remark that it's a "historic event" moved DW's Dagmar Engel to find time to write down her opinion.