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Attractions near Zella-Mehlis




Arms museum Suhl

Permanent exhibition on the subject of “Technical development of the hand-held firearms”, show workshops, reconstructed half-timbered house with working and living conditions of the gun shafts around 1920. Guide tours, introductions, museum-education events, special exhibitions.

Automotive museum Suhl

The city of Suhl has a hundred years of tradition in vehicle construction. On a surface area of 650m², approximately 120 exhibits from all areas of vehicle construction will be shown. The highly successful motorsports of Suhl takes a special place. In the museum you will find the motorcycles of the European- and World champions as well as the legendary “Greifzu- racing car”.

Animal Park Suhl

On an area of 12 hectares in an idyllic meadow valley are about 500 animals in 100 species at home. The animal park has specialized in keeping and breeding of endangered domestic and European domestic and wild animals. An exception is the vivarium, which houses a small collection of exotics. At any time there is interesting to discover.


In the Ottilienbad lure sport, fun and relaxation in addition to sauna and fitness studio, you can also relax with a great massage. Large leisure pool with 50m laps, flow passage, whirlpool, massages, Saunas, cafeteria and bistro, fitness- sports equipment area.<

Visit the well-known Weapon Center in Suhl in the Thuringian Forest.


At any time of the year is the nearby climatic health- resort Oberhof is a worthwhile destination for recreation seekers. The calm, clean air and the landscape already attracted the first guests to Oberhof in the 19th century. Oberhof is a popular destination for all hikers.

Rennsteiggarten Oberhof

The Rennsteiggarten Oberhof is a botanical garden for mountain flora with about 4.000 plant species from the mountains of almost all continents a popular excursion destination and in the last years well-known over the borders of Thuringia and Germany.

Thuringian winter sports exhibition

Start your voyage of discovery into the history of Thuringia’s winter sports. Let yourself be intrigued by a moving century of winter sports traditions of world renown. In the October 2003 she will be celebrating her 10th anniversary.

Bobsleigh- and toboggan run

How about a guest bobsleigh ride on the bobsleigh - and toboggan run in the Oberhofer Kanzlersgrund.
Bobsleighing, skeleton, tobogganing - the BSR Rennsteig Oberhof e.v. is the most successful winter sports club in Germany.

Exotarium Oberhof

Let yourself be enchanted by the mysterious world of reptiles, amphibians and insects. On an exhibition area of 600m², there are numerous large to small terrariums built according to the most modern zoological aspects.


Schmalkalden stretches from the south-western slopes of the Thuringian Forest (about 20 km from our hotel) through the Werratal to the Vorderrhön to Helmers. Visit the town with the historic half-timbered houses and the marvelous market square. Also museums and the castle Wilhelmsburg invite you to a visit in Schmalkalden. We would like to organize a historical city tour for you.



The theatre of Meiningen

The theatrical company Herzog GeorgⅡ from Sachsen-Meiningen, also known as "the Meininger", traveled from 1879 to 1890 with pattern productions all over europe. Stage productions with great entertainment in the opera, operetta, drama, Music Theater, ballet and puppet show give the traditional house a fantastic utilization.

Castle Elisabethenburg

Permanent exhibitions: theater history with the famous historical stage pictures of the "Meininger" music history; Art collection with German, Dutch and French paintings of the 15th-20th century; Medieval carving sculptures and stone sculptures of Franconian and Thuringian origin, handicraft of various epochs.

Sandstone- and fairy tale cave

The sandstone and fairy tale cave was formed by the underground demolition of white, fine-grained sand, an underground labyrinth of about 65,000 square meters with 2,500 columns (largest cave of this kind in Europe).

Castle Landsberg

From Meiningen through the lovely valley of the river Werra, you will pass through gardens and meadows to the beautiful wooded mountain cone, on whose heights the ruins of a mediaeval castle - called “Landeswehre” – once enchanted the viewer. From 1836 to 1840 on a remnants of an old castle grounds of Duke Bernhard Ⅱof Sachsen- Meiningen built neo-Gotic summer residency.


Erfurt “…is best located. There must be a city!” According to the great reformer martin luther in the 16th century. But first mentioned in 742 in a letter to papst zacharias. Boniface, the mission bishop, recognized the predestined location of the "Erphesfurt" in the fertile Gera- water meadow, and recommended it to the Roman church as the seat of a bosom. Erfurt became a spiritual center of Thuringia.

The preferred traffic situation at the crossroads of old German and European trade routes. An early and widespread market and commerce, and the existence of a royal line, favored the early development of Erfurt. Erfurt is looking back on more than 1260 years of history today. Many distinctive features characterize the largest Thuringian city with the landmark cathedral and Severikirche as well as an almost completely preserved medieval city center.

In addition, Erfurt enjoys a number of infrastructural advantages.

Airport, ICE-connections, Highway crossroad – many paths lead to the “rendezvous in the middle of Germany”.

Erfurt – is one of the oldest cities in Germany.
Erfurt – is one of the most promising cities in Germany.
A city with past and future.
A city in which the present pulsates in a unique setting.
A city with tradition-conscious and open-minded people.
A self-assured and charming city right in the heart of Germany and Europe!


Get to know Weimar on foot, you will experience classical and modern art and learn about Weimar’s personalities Goethe, Schiller, Bach, Liszt, Gropius and many more. More than 20 houses are testimony to Weimar’s prominent position in the cultural history, especially the Goethe House followed by the Bauhaus- museum. Weimar is on the UNESCO World Heritage List twice: 16 buildings and ensembles belong to the entry “Classical Weimar”, the “Bauhaus” includes in Weimar three ensembles. The charm of Weimar is determined by the numerous parks and gardens. In addition there are the charming castles in Belvedere, Tierfurt and Ettersburg.

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