Bordering both Bavaria and Hesse, the Schmalkalden-Meiningen District sits in the southwest of Thuringia — almost entirely covered by the thick Thuringian Forest. Covering some of the highest peaks of the region — often snow-covered — this region is a magnet for adventure and winter sports.
Schmalkalden-Meiningen District Map
Towns & Villages in the Schmalkalden-Meiningen District
- Breitungen (Werra)
- Obermaßfeld (Grim.)
- Rohr (Thuringia)
- Roßdorf (Schmalk.)
Oberhof is a hugely popular winter sports center high in the mountains and has luge, nordic skiing, ski jumping and other circuits that host National, European and International events. Along the peaks is the town of Brotterode which neighbors the highest peak of Großer Inselsberg and also has skiing jumps and courses.
Both towns are linked along the Rennsteig, the popular (and notorious) long distance trail that runs though the Schmalkalden-Meiningen District on part of its 168km (104mi) length.
Meiningen, the district capital, has both a great 1,000 year old history, plentiful parks and some stunning cultural sites including the huge Südthüringisches Staatstheater with regular performances and the lavish Schloss Elisabethenburg.