Sitting almost entirely in the huge Thuringian Forest you will find the Gotha District. Spread across the ancient hilly landscape amidst the rounded peaks of the mountains — some up to near 1000m (3281ft) high — you will find a wealth of historic story-telling and the arts.
Gotha District Map
Towns & Villages in the Gotha District
- Drei Gleichen
- Georgenthal (Th. W.)
- Goldbach (Gotha)
- Haina (Gotha)
- Hochheim (Gotha)
- Hohenkirchen (G.)
- Schwabhausen (G.)
- Tabarz (Thü. W.)
- Westhausen (Gotha)
The towns are filled with the history of both a musical genius and some wonderful buildings. The town of Ohrdruf has claims for both.
Firstly, as the location of the first ever monastery in the state, which St. Boniface had constructed dedicated to St Micheal. And secondly, that a young Johann Sebastian Bach lived here for 5 years — and you will find many museums across the state that highlight the matter.
The capital town of Gotha proudly displays the ducal Schloss Friedenstein, a horseshoe shaped gigantic Baroque palace — and the largest still existing in the country. It also lays claim to the oldest preserved Baroque theater as well in the form of the Ekhot Theater.
The nearby town of Friedrichroda also has some amazing palaces and hunting grounds to explore.