Cheap flights to Thuringia

Thuringia, officially the Free State of Thuringia, is a federal state of Germany, located in the central part of the country and is one of the least known German provinces amongst foreign travellers. Its boundaries are Franconia in Bavaria to the south, Hesse to the west, Lower Saxony to the northwest, Saxony-Anhalt to the north, and Saxony to the east. It is the sixth smallest state by area (16,171km2/6,244 sq mi) and the fifth least populous (2.29 million inhabitants) of Germany's 16 states. Since the late 19th century, Thuringia has been known as the “the green heart of Germany” because of the dense forest covering the land. Its capital is Erfurt. It is home to quartet of ancient cities and the Wartburg Castle, which is considered by Germans as the most important castle in country.

What to see & do

Thuringia’s culture is heavily embedded on its cities, with its half-timbered houses, royal palaces, and sites that were shaped by notable personalities like poets Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Liszt, and painters Lucas Cranach and Otto Dix. Explore Erfurt’s medieval charm, Weimar’s classical roots and cultural sites, Rudolstadt’s folk music, and Jena’s wealth of sciences. It is also home to UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites like Luther’s Wartburg, the German classics heritage, Bauhaus in Weimar count, Wartburg Castle near Eisenach, and the unspoilt Hainich National Park. There are more than 400 castles and palaces throughout the region, some of which are in ruins, others have survived and are just as grand as ever. There’s the majestic Dornburg Palaces and the intimidating Baroque Friedenstein Castle in Gotha. There are plenty of things that you can do in Thuringia, anytime of the year. The 168km long Rennsteig is the longest and oldest hiking trail in Germany. You can also trek in the Thuringian Forest, which is the country’s largest uninterrupted forest area. Other scenic spots in the region include the Schiefergebirge (slate hills), the Saale region – home to the largest dam lake area in Germany, Kyffhäuser hills, and the caves in the southern Harz region.

How to get around within Thuringia

As the most central land in Germany, the region serves as a significant hub of transit traffic. It has an excellent road network. Thuringia’s public transport is comprised by a comprehensive local bus networks and its supplement of trains. You can purchase a Thüringen-Ticket, which offers unlimited travel on regional trains for a day to up to five people. The period of validity is from 9:00 a.m. on working days (all day on weekends) until 3:00 a.m. the following morning. The Hopper-Ticket is valid for a day return to any town within 50km of your starting point, including some areas in Saxony-Anhalt. There’s also a weekly pass available for the ‘Verbundsgebiet’ for all transport covering city zones and the regions between Erfurt, Weimar, and Jena.

How to get there

Erfurt–Weimar Airport serves two cities and is primarily used for seasonal charter flights. It has direct links to Autobahn A4/A71 and connections to Erfurt via public Transportation (tram no. 4). There’s also a flight connection available via Germania airline, which operates regular flights from London Gatwick Airport to Erfurt on Mondays and Thursdays. You can also get in by train on-board the ICE Train via Wiesbaden, Hamburg, Berlin, and Düsseldorf. If you prefer to take the bus or drive a car into the region, you’ll have to go through Autobahns A4, A9, A38, A71, or A73.

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