The Kyffhäuserkreis district of Thuringia runs along the north of the state bordering onto Saxony-Anhalt. It is a hilly region and is named after the low mountains that run its length. Situated between the Werra and the Saale, this region has many historical links and was featured in numerous legends.
Towns & Villages in the Kyffhäuserkreis
- Artern (Unstrut)
- Bad Frankenhausen
There are many monuments across the district and the greatest is the Kyffhäuser Memorial up in the highlands. This great brick-built structure has arches and steps all over the place and a great tower in the center which you can climb for some great views.
Bad Frankenhausen (Kyffhäuser) was nicknamed a Barbarossa town after its links to the historical figure and leaves behind a moated Castle Heldrungen in the style of a french chateau.
The capital town of Sondershausen also has a huge castle, an 18th century Baroque palace containing an impressive natural history museum.
Surrounded by forests and hills, you can follow one of the nine trails from the GeoPark, or take some time on your own to explore the large nature park to the north of the Kyffhäuserkreis.