Weimarer Land — Two Secret Histories, Wine Routes, War Crimes

In central Thuringia, surrounding the city of Weimar itself is the district of Weimarer Land. To the south there are stretches of the Thüringer Wald, reaching up to 500 meters high. To the north is the flatter, more fertile Thüringer Becken where the rivers Ilm and Saale meet.

Weimarer Land Map

Map of the Weimarer Land

Towns & Villages in the Weimarer Land

  • Apolda
  • Auerstedt
  • Bad Berka
  • Bad Sulza
  • Ballstedt
  • Bechstedtstraß
  • Berlstedt
  • Blankenhain
  • Buchfart
  • Buttelstedt
  • Daasdorf (Berge)
  • Döbritschen
  • Eberstedt
  • Ettersburg
  • Flurstedt
  • Frankendorf
  • Gebstedt
  • Großheringen
  • Großobringen
  • Großschwabhausen
  • Gutendorf
  • Hammerstedt
  • Heichelheim
  • Hetschburg
  • Hohenfelden
  • Hopfgarten
  • Isseroda
  • Kapellendorf
  • Kiliansroda
  • Kleinobringen
  • Kleinschwabhausen
  • Klettbach
  • Ködderitzsch
  • Kranichfeld
  • Krautheim
  • Kromsdorf
  • Lehnstedt
  • Leutenthal
  • Liebstedt
  • Magdala
  • Mattstedt
  • Mechelroda
  • Mellingen
  • Mönchenholzhausen
  • Nauendorf (Kranich.)
  • Neumark
  • Niederreißen
  • Niederroßla
  • Niedertrebra
  • Niederzimmern
  • Nirmsdorf
  • Nohra
  • Oberreißen
  • Obertrebra
  • Oettern
  • Oßmannstedt
  • Ottstedt (Berge)
  • Pfiffelbach
  • Ramsla
  • Rannstedt
  • Reisdorf
  • Rittersdorf
  • Rohrbach
  • Saaleplatte
  • Sachsenhausen
  • Schmiedehausen
  • Schwerstedt
  • Tonndorf
  • Troistedt
  • Umpferstedt
  • Vippachedelhausen
  • Vollersroda
  • Wickerstedt
  • Wiegendorf
  • Willerstedt
  • Wohlsborn
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Several spa towns can be found here. Bad Berka on the Ilm is situated in a spruce and beech forest and has sulphur baths; it is also a health resort. This also happens to be the location of a very popular annual open air music festival.

Bad Sulza is also dual purpose. Not only offering its curative springs, it is close to the start of the Saale-Unstrut wine route.

This region of Weimarer Land has an 800 year tradition of viticulture — you will be more than welcome to join the locals for some wine tasting in the summer months! :-)

Just outside of the city of Weimar, however, are the ghostly ruins of the Buchenwald Concentration camp. The mass graves of the 56,500 prisoners killed here sit beside the entrance to what is now a UNESCO site; preserved intact in the hope of preventing such atrocities being repeated.

 

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