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  • Lively market in front of the Gera town hall.

    Lively market in front of the Gera town hall.

Destinations » Germany » Cultural Heart of Germany Travel Guide

"The Cultural Heart of Germany symbolises a unique wealth of international culture, historical venues, impressive architecture and varied landscapes."

The federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are the centrepieces of German history and culture. Together they form the 'Cultural Heart of Germany'.

Whether in Magdeburg, the German birthplace of the Holy Roman Empire, Wartburg Castle near Eisenach, where the famous reformer Martin Luther first translated the Bible into German, or Dresden, where Elector Augustus the Strong developed his impressive Baroque splendour, you will find unique sights all around the region. You will be charmed by art treasures, Gothic cathedrals and imposing castles, and fascinated by beautiful landscape gardens.

Many towns invite you to stroll around their lovingly restored historical centres. Whilst walking through quaint cobble-stoned lanes, you will discover places that have been shaped by the Middle Ages, such as Erfurt, Meissen or Bautzen just to name a few. Again and again, you will find yourself in the footsteps of influential historic personalities. Germany's most famous poets and composers lived and worked in the area of these three states. So it is no surprise that today the Cultural Heart of Germany is still one of the country's liveliest regions for theatre and music.

For those who are looking for a bit of peace and quiet, the scenic countryside has a lot to offer. Mountain ranges and lush forests will provide fabulous walking trails and the regions' chefs master the balancing act between hearty and haute cuisine.

The Cultural Heart of Germany symbolises pure joy of life!

For visits to alternative parts of Germany, visit the pages for our Hamburg city breaks or holidays in Memmingen.