Gotha

The town of Gotha

Gotha is an ideal destination for your cycling and activity holiday. A lovely town with a great history awaits you. Here, there is a direct connection to the Thuringia Town Chain Cycle Trail and you will find plenty of accommodation designated as “bicycle-friendly hotels” or “bed & bike” hosts. Explore the area by bike and enjoy the combination of nature, historical architecture and beautiful surroundings. The royal seat of Gotha, with its historical Old Town, is truly inspiring thanks to its sprawling parks around the landmark of the city, Friedenstein Palace. The palace park with its English-style garden and orangery also offer an especially warm welcome.

 

Galopprennbahn am Boxberg
Galopprennbahn am Boxberg
“In the footsteps of the horse whisperer to the Boxberg racecourse”

The starting point for the cycling tour is the palace park. It then makes its way along the signposted Town Chain Cycle Trail through the district of Sundhausen to the Boxberg racecourse. The Victorian-style stand attracts thousands of visitors from far and wide for the annual horse races over the summer. The racecourse restaurant is the ideal place to stop for a bite to eat. The large beer garden offers a warm welcome for you to regain your strength. A short distance away lies the “Thüringer Waldblick” Hotel, which offers a magnificent view of the foothills of the Thuringian Forest.

A gentle cycling tour from Gotha with short climbs.

Tour length: approx. 22 km

Augustinian monastery and church

Built as a monastery church, the Augustinian church was part of the monastery complex of the monks of the Augustinian Order of Hermits. The beautiful Gothic cloister, dating back to 1366, still serves as a reminder of this era. The interior of the church was reconstructed and baroque elements added under Duke Ernest I between 1675 and 1680. There is a plaque inside the church which commemorates several sermons given here by the Augustinian monk Martin Luther. Friedrich Myconius, a church reformer and friend of Luther who died in Gotha in 1546, is buried here.

Address

Augustinian monastery and church
Jüdenstr. 27
99867 Gotha
Phone: +49 3621 / 302901
www: www.augustinerkloster-gotha.de

Buttermarkt

The Buttermarkt (butter market) owes its name to a historical era when farmers from the surrounding area would sell meat and dairy produce here. All three market squares have buildings with historical signs representing their families or trades, as well as doorways dating back to the Baroque and Renaissance eras.

Address

Buttermarkt
99867 Gotha

E. W. Arnoldi German Insurance Museum

The Insurance Museum commemorates the place where the two first supra-regional German mutual insurance companies were founded: the Gothaer Versicherungsbank and the Gothaer Lebensversicherung.

Address

E. W. Arnoldi German Insurance Museum
Bahnhofstr. 3a
99867 Gotha
Phone: +49 3621 / 5078570
www: www.gotha.de

Fountains and Cranach House with pumping station

The Leina Canal was built in the fourteenth century as a means of providing the town with water and was converted into decorative fountains at the end of the nineteenth century. The Cranach House, a two-storey Baroque building where Cranach’s wife was born, is located at Hauptmarkt 17. The family’s double coat of arms can be seen to the right above the door (depicting a winged snake for Cranach and a bag for his son-in-law Dasch). The cellar of the house contains the pumping station for the fountains, dating back to 1895. The pumping station is open to visitors on special occasions or by arrangement.

Address

Fountains and Cranach House with pumping station
Hauptmarkt 17
99867 Gotha
Phone: +49 3621 / 5078570
www: www.gotha.de

Friedenstein Palace

Friedenstein Palace is the largest early Baroque palace in Germany. It is quite extraordinary that such a historical ensemble on one site – featuring a palace, park, church, theatre, library, archive and the royal collections – has survived intact to this day. Behind the modest exterior of the palace lie the magnificent royal chambers. The famous baroque Ekhof Theatre is located in the west tower. The theatre’s original stage machinery is still in working order and facilitates scenery changes in seconds. Visitors to the popular Ekhof summer festival can see the theatre in action.

Address

Friedenstein Palace
Parkallee
99867 Gotha
Phone: +49 3621 / 82340
www: www.stiftungfriedenstein.de

Museum of Nature

South of the palace lies the Ducal museum, built in the late nineteenth century, which today houses the Museum of Nature. Originating from the Ducal natural history collection, it now features exhibitions on areas including the Thuringian Forest, species conservation and the dinosaur fossils discovered near the town of Tambach.

Address

Museum of Nature
Parkallee 15
99867 Gotha
Phone: +49 3621 / 82340
www: www.stiftung-friedenstein.de

Palace park and orangery

Friedenstein Palace is set in extensive parkland which was landscaped in the eighteenth century and is the oldest English-style garden on the continent. The orangery is a magnificent spectacle. As visitors walk down from the palace in summer, the orangery stretches out beneath them like an amphitheatre covered in flowers.

Address

Palace park and orangery
Lindenauallee 20
99867 Gotha
Phone: +49 3621 / 4420
www: www.orangerie-gotha.de

St. Margaret’s Church and Neumarkt

The Protestant town church, an impressive building which dominates the Neumarkt square, has been the resting place of the family of Duke Ernest I of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg since 1675, and is now used as a concert venue, with recitals on the Schuke organ. The tower of St. Margaret’s Church offers visitors an impressive view over the town of Gotha as far as the hills of the Thuringian Forest.

Address

St. Margaret’s Church and Neumarkt
Neumarkt
99867 Gotha
Phone: +49 3621 / 852466
www: www.gotha.de

Town hall and main market square

Gotha was first mentioned as early as 775 as “Villa gotaha” in a deed issued by Charlemagne. The magnificently restored town houses with their Baroque doorways on the market square and the historical town hall, a prestigious renaissance building erected between 1567 and 1574 as a merchants’ hall, are lasting reminders of the prosperity of this era.

Address

Town hall and main market square
Hauptmarkt 1
99867 Gotha
Phone: +49 3621 / 2220
www: www.gotha.de

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Informationen

Tourist-Information Gotha/Gothaer Land

Hauptmarkt 33
99867 Gotha
Germany

Phone +49 3621 / 5078570
Fax +49 3621 / 50785720

E-mail: tourist-info@gotha.de
Web: www.kultourstadt.de

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