Thuringia (Thüringen in German) is the smallest of the former East German states that joined the Federal Republic of Germany in 1990. Its central location at the geographical heart of Germany allows easy access from all regions.
Thuringia, despite its small area, has more than 400 fortresses, castles, and palaces, including the magnificent Wartburg – often referred to as the German national monument. Weimar, seat of German artists such as Goethe and Schiller, is still as important a cultural site as it was in the early 19th century. Erfurt, with 204,000 inhabitants the largest city in the state, has one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in Germany.
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