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Thuringia is really a all year long a great place to visit. You will find: culture, history, beautiful scenery, sport activities, relaxing spas. Every day can be filled with activities if you want to.
We covered already a few things in our Internet travel guide in order to allow tourists and visitors from English speaking countries to get an idea what to expect.
Thuringia is a relatively small state of Germany. Before the unification it was part of the "GDR" the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).
Please use the following Google Map to follow us on our trip through "The Green Heart" of Germany how it is called.
The regions of Thuringia:
Cities and regions of Thuringia
Before you start driving in Germany or Europe please familiarize yourself with the traffic regulations. They are different and not knowing them is dangerous and can also cost you money
We do not receive funding or major help from the official tourist agencies or from the government. So please do not ask us for reservations, maps, brochures etc. - we would go in bankruptcy very fast. Send an e-mail do the respective tourist offices.
In this special chapter of our tourist guide we show you mainly impressions of nature, cities , encounters - things which you see when you travel by car. Some of the pictures are supplements to places which we have already included in our main guide.
On purpose we included also pictures which were taken when the sky was overcast and raining or cold. We want to bring a proof that even when the weather is "miserable" Thuringia is a place where your vacations can be filled with many activities.
As a visitor you should do the same what we do - avoid the autobahn if you want to see the country side and the small villages. Driving is slower and eventually less stressful if you are not used being passed by cars with a speed of over 200 km/hour.
In this page we show only pictures from scenes, we I call "On the Road". They will give you a small impression what to expect.
Normally, all roads are in excellent condition and can not be compared with what we experienced immediately after the unification of Germany.
Most cars are electronically limited to a maximum speed of 250 km/h - bus some are faster
Many new "autobahnhns" have built
The Rennsteigtunnel - the longest road tunnel of Germany, please watch the speed limit!
Not everywhere on an autobahn you are allowed to drive as fast as you want. Between Suhl and Erfurt you will find the longest tunnel in Germany. Do not exceed the posted speed limit anywhere. Electronic devices will automatically take pictures of speeders and you must pay for that service.
When you see the camera it is already too late!
The normal highways have only two lanes but they are in good shape
I had no problems to pull over to take pictures
Before the unification of Germany Thuringia was part of the GDR (German Democratic Republic). People had to learn Russian and were not allowed to travel freely to not communist countries. But on the other hand, I must admit I was not allowed to travel to communist countries, because I was working as an engineer on military projects and US citizens are getting still in problems when they visit Cuba.
In the mean time the majority of people is happy about the unification and only a few idiots want to turn the time back. I am thankful that the USA supported the unification.
Very much money was spent to bring the infrastructure of former east Germany up to western standards. You will see this especially on the roads. Some of them were in a much better shape than in In former West Germany.
You will see fruit stands during the season on the road - try especially fresh strawberries
Roads are not always crowded. Pull over and take pictures
Traffic in Suhl
Most cities offer clean public wash rooms. This applies also for the "Autobahn". We give this advice because you will not see too many fast food restaurants which do this essential service in North America.
Driving through Meiningen
Driving through Jena
Driving through Jena
Proper markings, easy to read signs!
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