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It was a Sunday, when my son and I decided to travel to Saalfeld to visit the famous "Fairy Caves".
When we started in Siegritz the weather was really bad and suddenly the sun was shining.
Downtown Saalfeld and my little yellow rental car
To get an impression how beautiful this area looks in summer, I have "borrowed" the following picture from the "Stadtverwaltung Saalfeld". Many thanks!
This row of houses is called the "Liden" which is a slang word for "Läden" which means stores. Everything was built around 1848 to replace half timbered houses which became dilapidated.
However, Thuringia is really a all year long destination for tourists. There is always something to see or to do.
Much nicer in summer
Unfortunately, we did not have lots of time. Traveling on the winding roads of Thuringia needs time, unless you are in a constant suicide mood like many Thuringians.
We wanted to enjoy the scenery even in January. Just stay calm and let them pass and caught because of speeding by automatic radar traps.
After reading in our web site a nice Thuringian lady wrote me that they know all the curves and the radar traps! I hope she is right - Thuringia does not have too many people and many young people are moving to other states to find jobs.
The "Blankenburger Tor" was already mentioned in 1372 and formed a part of the town wall.
The old trade route between Nuremberg and Leipzig passed through this gate.
I wanted definitely to stay at least one night in this area when I come back to Thuringia. There is so much to explore. Unfortunately, our following trips were too short to keep my promise.
An old town gate - the "Blankenburger Tor"
It was Sunday and naturally the city hall was closed. I visited many city halls during my visit in Thuringia. Not only to convince myself that these historical buildings are still used by the city but also to visit the very clean washrooms.
The city hall from Saalfeld was built between 1529 and 1537. Naturally, changes and renovations have been performed over so many years. The last one was done before Saalfeld celebrated its 1100 th birthday.
The building is still used by city administration and it hosts a fine restaurant which I will target during my next visit. I believe good food is also an essential part of culture and a nice setting increases the pleasure. I got this confirmed during my visits to Japan.
The "Rathaus" which means city hall and not "rat house"
The former town pharmacy. Thanks to the "Stadtverwaltung Saalfeld" for that picture
The ruin of an old castle. I am confident that you can spend weeks in Thuringia just visiting castles!
On our way out.
Unfortunately, it was time to leave without having seen everything. I missed certainly many things, such as these ruins of an small fortress which is called "Hoher Schwarm". Please don't ask me why!
Many thanks again to the "Stadtverwaltung Saalfeld" for that picture.
The deterioration of this former castle started already in the middle of the 16 th century. Today it is part of a park like setting.
Hopefully, I must not wait too long to return.
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