Thuringia is one of the Free States that comprise the country of Germany
. Situated in the heart of the country, the state of Thuringia shares its borders with the states of Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Hesse. It is the sixth smallest of the sixteen federal states of the country and has the fifth smallest population in the country.
Just as its landscape is diverse, the state of Thuringia prides itself in its rich and diverse cultural heritage. Travelers visiting this Free State, are guaranteed to have lots of fun. Apart from the numerous magnificent buildings and man-made infrastructures that could be found all over the state, Thuringia is also home to about 3,000 natural monuments, each sure to capture and leave travelers mystified and breathless.
If this is the first time you are visiting the state of Thuringia, one of the places you should visit is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross situated in the city of Nordhausen. Established by the widow of King Heinrich I in 961, the cathedral is a remarkable example of early Gothic monuments and Romanesque architecture designs. Another must-visit tourist destination is the castle of Schwarzburg. Built during the 12th century, the castle had once been the home of the Count of Schwarzburg. Today, the castle is a museum and boasts a magnificent collection of artworks, relics and the ancestral portraits of the entire dynasty that had once ruled the land.
Thuringian Forest is perhaps the best what nature lovers can get. They lie between Thuringia and Franconia and encloses some of the most attractive valleys and glens.