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Schmalkalden is located on the southwest slope of the Thuringian Forest, about 9 km from Rennsteig - the ridge des Thuringian Forest  and most popular German hiking trail - located in the valley of the confluence of the Stille and Schmalkalde, surrounded by forests and mountain meadows.

The medieval historic center has around 90% half-timbered buildings from the 16th-18th centuries. Century. These include the late Gothic Hall Church of St. George  and an almost completely preserved castle from the German Renaissance, Wilhemsburg Castle (built 1585-90). The Schmalkalder Articles made the town known beyond the borders of Germany as early as the Middle Ages. Rich ore deposits, mining and iron-processing crafts were the basis for a flourishing economy. The former wealth is still recognizable in the cityscape today. Tools and small items of hardware were exported under the name "Schmalkalder Artikel". Evidence of this past are the "Finstertal" visitor mine and the "Neue Hütte" technical monument. The city - at that time a Hessian enclave and the second largest city in Hesse - was at the center of European politics when the Protestant estates united against the Catholic Emperor Charles V in the Schmalkaldic League (1530).

At the most important meeting of the federation in 1537, Martin Luther presented his "Schmalkaldic Articles", which became a confessional document of the Protestant Church in 1580.

Cultural center of the city ist Wilhelmsburg Castle - Art and cultural monument of the German Renaissance.

The representative rooms of the castle with wonderful paintings and stucco work invite you to visit the interesting exhibitions on the Renaissance and Reformation, on historical stove plates and on the epic "Iwein" after Hartmann von Aue (1235, the second oldest secular wall painting north of the Alps) and in the castle church to listen to the sound of the oldest playable "wooden" organ in Central Europe. Clean industrial sectors, such as the "Thüringer Waldquell" water fountain, the "viba" chocolate and marzipan factory, Schmalkalder sausage and meat products, Schmalkalder tools - including research institutes - contribute to the city's level of popularity and der Thuringian products at.

The Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences, whose campus has been expanded to accommodate 3,000 students, is an innovative and invigorating element with its interesting disciplines such as business administration, computer science, mechanical engineering, commercial law, among other things.

Sports enthusiasts have known for a long time that world-class biathletes, Sven Fischer and Frank Luck, come from Schmalkalden.

worth seeing


Viba Nougat World

The production behind glass provides detailed insights into the loving production of
finest nougat  and noble Chocolate. Shaping, filling, dressing, enrobing, refining, garnishing
and then packaged in a variety of ways – look “over the shoulders of the confectioners in their daily work”.
Filigree manual work, the complex work steps of chocolate production and the sweet creativity will delight you.


Wilhelmsburg Palace Museum

Wilhelmsburg Castle is a pearl among Renaissance castles - not only in Germany. During a tour of the castle rooms, which have been preserved in their original form, visitors can see the former living quarters, the castle church, the white hall, the rooms of the small gallery, the large ballroom, the table room as well as the castle kitchen and the building owner's room on the ground floor view.

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