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The stage location Gotha can look back on more than 1250 years of city history. Characterized by successful economic development and the artistic appreciation of the former ducal family, the city of Gotha exudes a very special charm. Gotha citizens and visitors to the city can enjoy a first-class museum landscape and high-quality art as well as numerous other adventure areas.

For city explorers - Gotha's picturesque city center boasts many architectural gems from the Baroque and Renaissance periods, grouped around the three large main markets. You can explore the most important sights - despite the construction site situation on the main market - on a leisurely stroll through the city. There is, for example, the historic town hall, the Luther memorial Augustinian monastery and the Augustinian church, the Cranach house, the water feature on the Schlossberg and the baroque orangery in the middle of the magnificent castle park. Regional cafés and restaurants with international cuisine also invite you to linger.

For those interested in culture - the "Baroque Universe Gotha" with Friedenstein Castle, the largest early Baroque palace complex in Germany, and the Ducal Museum is a cultural attraction and attracts numerous visitors to the city year after year. In addition to the historic chambers with original furnishings, the imposing palace also houses the Ekhof Theater and unique collections of art, nature and history. The Ducal Museum is one of the most important art museums in Thuringia, whose collections arose from the Gotha dukes' passion for collecting and are significant

Combine art treasures from all over the world and all epochs. Many other historical sites, buildings and monuments in Gotha city center invite you to immerse yourself in the history of the city and experience the cultural diversity.

For event lovers - the residential city of Gotha not only shines in the light of bygone times, but also has a modern and diverse cultural scene to offer. The annual event highlights include, for example, the annual Gothardus Festival, Ekhof Festival in the oldest baroque theater in the world, the colorful baroque festival at Friedenstein Castle, the traditional Christmas market in the city center or the concerts and artistic formats of the Thuringia Philharmonic Gotha-Eisenach.

For connoisseurs - under the city brand "Gotha adelt" there is a separate shop in the historic city center that combines the core areas of a modern, service-oriented tourist information with classic and unusual souvenirs as well as with selected Thuringian specialties and thus a connection to the city of Gotha creates the surrounding regions. The focus is on the sale of high-quality, regional products.

For nature lovers - the region around Gotha offers nature and relaxation with its impressive landscape, its great views and the extensive network of cycling and hiking trails, but also sporting variety in every season. If you prefer something more comfortable, you can take one of the oldest interurban trams in Germany, the Thüringerwaldbahn, from Gotha to the fairytale Thuringian Forest. The approximately one-hour drive takes you past numerous sights and ends in the idyllic resort of Bad Tabarz at the foot of the 916 m high Inselsberg. Gotha Animal Park, with over 130 native and exotic animal species, is well worth a visit for the whole family.

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Ducal Museum

The Ducal Museum was built to the south of Friedenstein Palace at the end of the 19th century.

The "Thuringian Louvre" presents ceramics and other art treasures from all over the world and all epochs as well as old German and Dutch paintings from the unknown master of the famous "Gotha lovers" to the longing gaze of the romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. The world's largest collection of works by the classicist French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon outside of his homeland has also found a home under the roof of the Ducal Museum in Gotha. Changing special exhibitions successfully round off this experience for art lovers.


Butter Market

As the name suggests, the butter market used to be a trading center for dairy products and meat. Today, the small, dreamy square is lined with cafés and pubs that reside behind colorful baroque and renaissance facades.

In autumn, the metal designers' meeting "Gotha glows" takes place here with an international forging competition.

The Peace Kiss Throne in the middle of the butter market was created as part of an art project for Thuringia Day 2011. The back contains a free depiction of the Peace Kiss medallion at Friedenstein Castle, the post figures stand for the 4 Ernestine Lines.

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