Gera

Gera

Otto Dix’s hometown of Gera, which is over 775 years old, is the third largest city in Thuringia. It lies nestled in the scenic, hilly landscape by the banks of the White Elster. Cycling along the Thuringia Town Chain, you will pass the city forest, the Hofwiesenpark and the kitchen garden, in this his former seat of the royal house of Reuss, with its wealth of green oases. Gera is where the Elster Cycle Trail meets the Thuringia Town Chain, and invites sporty cyclists to take a detour upstream and leisure cyclists to head downstream.

In the city centre, art- and culture-lovers can discover the tradition-steeped theatre, the Renaissance town hall, the Town Apothecary with its magnificent Renaissance bay or the Schulenburg Mansion designed by Belgian architect Henry van de Velde.
Another special feature are the Gera caves, reaching a depth of up to 11 metres below the Old Town. The underground, accessible labyrinths are where the people of Gera once stored their beer. Today, they are used as a museum, a cabaret stage or for tasting sessions of regional specialities. At the Höhler Biennale Festival, artworks and light installations transform the underworld into an extraordinary exhibition space.

The Otto Dix House in the district of Untermhaus is the birthplace of Gera’s most famous cultural son. Today, a museum exhibiting paintings from all phases of his work awaits visitors in a home depicting life in a worker’s household around 1900. In 2011, the birthplace of Otto Dix hosted a series of events to celebrate the 120th anniversary of its most famous cultural son.

Das Untermhaus in Gera

From Gera’s Hofwiesenpark to Ronneburg’s “Neue Landschaft”

This regional section of the Thuringia Town Chain through the Ufer-Elster-Park and the picturesque Gessen Valley was revamped for the German national garden exhibition (BUGA) 2007 as a connecting route between Gera’s Hofwiesenpark and Ronneburg’s “Neue Landschaft”. A bizarre juxtaposition of railway romanticism, wilderness and playgrounds, a roller-speed-skating track, information boards about the local flora and fauna as well as the geological features, astonishing art installations and attractive stopping points all make this tour into a real pleasure. The tour runs directly through Ronneburg’s “Neue Landschaft”. It is presented as a location of profound change: by the time of the National garden show in 2007, the former uranium-ore mining region had transformed into a completely new, fascinating landscape. A characteristic feature are the enormous, rigidly geometrical structures of the “Lichtenberger Kanten”, a reminder of the former ore-mining industry. Other attractions include the climbing tower, the exhibition on the history of bismuth in “Objekt 90” and the 240 m long Dragon’s Tail Bridge. Enjoy the stunning view from the plateau of the Ronneburg Balcony into the vast valley towards Gera and then make your way back.

Length: approx. 14 km

Conditions: well-developed route along forest tracks and asphalted paths with gentle climbs recommended

Stop: Café-restaurant-hotel “Collis am Gessenbach”

(Return journey on the same route or by train from Ronneburg Station)

Dahlia Garden

Opened in 1928 as the first public garden in Germany for dahlia flowers only, the Dahlia Garden was used by famous growers of dahlia in Gera and Bad Köstritz to show their plants to the public. The fountain sculpture “The Dahlia” in the centre of the garden was created by Thilo Schoder in 1930.

Address

Dahlia Garden
Straße des Friedens
07548 Gera
www: www.gera-tourismus.de

Gera caves

The underground labyrinth of corridors and niches, between five and eleven metres below the city, was created in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries for the storage of beer. Every two years the “Höhler Biennale” light and art exhibition is held in the Gera “underworld”.

Address

Gera caves
Steinweg / Ecke Geithes Passage
07545 Gera
Phone: +49 365 / 55249954
www: www.gera-hoehler.de

Historic Marketplace

The almost square marketplace in the centre of the town is surrounded by impressive buildings: the “Stadtapotheke” housing a pharmacy with its richly decorated bay window, the Simson Fountain and the Renaissance Town Hall with its accessible tower and ornate door.

Address

Historic Marketplace
Markt
07545 Gera
www: www.gera-tourismus.de

Hofwiesenpark Gera

This large, attractive park of 43 hectares with its generous, open green areas provides recreation and relaxation on the banks of the White Elster. In 2007, the Hofwiesenpark was also the main exhibition area for the German national garden exhibition (BUGA).

Address

Hofwiesenpark Gera
Hofwiesenpark 2
07545 Gera
Phone: +49 365/ 619209
www: www.gerakultur.de

Museum of Applied Arts

The Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) includes a collection of handicrafts, photography, commercial art and design. The most historically valuable pieces of the art collection are the Bauhaus ceramics, which can be seen in the permanent exhibition “Art Deco and Functionalism – Applied Arts between the World Wars”.

Address

Museum of Applied Arts
Greizer Straße 37
07545 Gera
Phone: +49 365/ 8381430
www: www.gera.de

Neue Landschaft®, Ronneburg

The “Neue Landschaft” was transformed from a mining landscape into a landscape park for the 2007 German national garden exhibition (BUGA). Special features include the “Dragon’s Tail Bridge” – Europe’s longest stress-ribbon suspension bridge and the bismuth exhibition, Objekt 90.

Address

Neue Landschaft®, Ronneburg
Weidaer Str. 40
07580 Ronneburg

Orangery and kitchen garden

The semi-circular Baroque complex located in the former “Küchengarten” (kitchen garden) of the Principality of Reuß-Gera now houses the Gera art collection.

Address

Orangery and kitchen garden
Orangerieplatz 1
07548 Gera
Phone: +49 365 / 8384250
www: www.gera.de

Otto Dix House

2 December 2011: the 120th anniversary of the birth of Otto Dix. To honour the 100th birthday of the painter and graphic artist Otto Dix, the house where he was born opened its doors as a museum. A gallery exhibiting paintings from all phases of his work await the visitor in a home depicting life in a worker’s household around 1900.

Address

Otto Dix House
Mohrenplatz 4
07548 Gera
Phone: +49 365 / 8384927
www: www.gera.de

St. Mary’s Church

The late Gothic Church of St. Mary is situated on the banks of the White Elster and is a landmark in the Untermhaus district of Gera. The church sanctuary is said to have been built in 1193, making St. Mary’s one of the oldest churches in eastern Thuringia.

Address

St. Mary’s Church
Mohrenplatz
07548 Gera
Phone: +49 365 / 23075
www: www.marienkirche.eu

St. Salvator Church

St. Salvator church was built in the Baroque style between 1717 and 1720 on the Nicolaiberg, the highest point in the old town. After the devastating city fire, it was later reconstructed on its original site and its interior design was changed to Art Nouveau architecture in 1903.

Address

St. Salvator Church
Nicolaistr. 2
07545 Gera
Phone: +49 635/ 8001517
www: www.st-salvator-gera.de

Theatre

The magnificent Art-Nouveau-style Gera theatre combines theatre and concert hall under one roof, offering performances in 5 categories. The unrivalled program of opera, operetta, concerts, plays, musicals, ballet and puppet shows provides something for every taste.

Address

Theatre
Theaterplatz 1
07548 Gera
Phone: +49 365 / 82790
www: www.tpthueringen.de

Van de Velde building: Schulenburg Mansion

Today the Schulenburg Mansion is probably the only completely preserved Art Nouveau villa by the Belgian architect Henry van de Velde. The mansion hosts a convention centre, a cafeteria and a Henry van de Velde Museum, exhibiting the world’s second largest collection of Henry van de Velde’s book designs, diagrams, textiles and furniture which belonged to the artist.

Address

Van de Velde building: Schulenburg Mansion
Straße des Friedens 120
07548 Gera
Phone: +49 365 / 826410
www: www.haus-schulenburg-gera.de

Zoo

The East Thuringian forest zoo, situated in the city forest in the scenic “Martinsgrund”, is home to 80 species totalling about 500 animals. The petting zoo, the farm and a ride on the park railway are attractions which younger visitors will love.

Address

Zoo
Straße des Friedens 85
07548 Gera
Phone: +49 365/ 810127
www: www.gera.de

Dahliengarten Gera
Dahliengarten Gera

Informationen

Gera Tourismus e. V.

Heinrichstraße 35
07545 Gera
Germany

Phone +49 365 / 8 30 44 80
Fax +49 365 / 8 30 44 81

E-mail: info@gera-tourismus.de
Web: www.gera-tourismus.de

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