Living & Working in Thuringia Living here is good for body and soul: the quality of life is great, there is a huge range of cultural activities on offer, and we’re an up-to-date, family-friendly state.

Thuringia. The feel-good state with extras.

Thuringia is famous for the original Thuringian sausage, Wartburg Castle – which was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1999 – the legendary Rennsteig hiking trail through the Thuringian Forest and Goethe and Schiller, co-founders of the ‘Weimar Classicism’ literary and cultural movement. Come and see for yourself! Living here is good for body and soul: the quality of life is great, there is a huge range of cultural activities on offer, and we’re an up-to-date, family-friendly state.


Building & Living

At home in Thuringia

The range of housing options here includes a home of your own in the countryside or a restored villa near the city center. The residential market is not over-heated and it is not too difficult to find the right home in many parts of the state. House prices and rents are among the cheapest in Germany, although housing is more expensive and difficult to find in the bigger, more sought-after cities like Erfurt, Weimar and Jena. Rural areas represent particularly good value and in many cases, it is only 15 minutes’ drive to the autobahn if you are heading for a major center in Thuringia and beyond.


Work & Family

Combining work and family

Thuringia is family friendly. Here you can enjoy your career without compromising on family life. Many companies offer flexible working hours, places in nearby child care centers or financial subsidies. There are many types of daycare center, and 98 percent of children between the ages of three and six are enrolled in some form of early childhood education.

Excellent child care

The available child care facilities make it easier to harmonize family life and challenges at work. Our 1,300 daycare centers look after more than 98,000 children. Over 90 percent of small children are enrolled in child care. This is one of the best rates in Germany.

Welcome to Thuringia!

The international team at the Welcome Center Thuringia assists skilled personnel from all over the world with their first steps in Thuringia. The team acts as the central contact point for those looking for advice, authorities, consulting offices, business associations and initiatives.


The great outdoors & leisure

A Paradise for Nature Lovers

Whether you are looking for a short holiday or staying forever: With its natural scenery of primeval forests, winding valleys and vast planes, Thuringia offers almost every outdoor leisure activity and enjoyment in nature:

  • Into the green:
    Hiking, mountain biking, paragliding
  • Active in winter:
    tobogganing, luge and skiing
  • Aquatic fun for water lovers:
    water parks

Health & Recreation

Becoming and staying healthy

Becoming healthy and staying healthy is a top priority for all of us. Thuringia has a highly developed health care system and an environment that guarantees relaxation and recovery.

  • Places to relax:
    Kneipp water cures, salt-water spas and mineral springs
  • Active or chilling out:
    Wellness in the forest and yoga in the treetops
  • Medical care:
    Modern hospitals and medical facilities

Art & Culture

Classicism meets inspiring modern style

A fascinating and formative history, a stunning array of valuable art and cultural treasures, world-famous personalities – Thuringia offers so much for young and old alike. It’s known as the Land of Poets and Thinkers, and no wonder, with cultural icons such as the architecture of Weimar, Wartburg Castle and the Krämer Bridge in Erfurt that have spread its fame far and wide.


Castles & Fortresses

Experience history

Thuringia is known as a land of castles. Romanesque village churches and huge cathedrals, bizarre knights’ castles and baronial palace complexes, classicist theaters and buildings are everywhere.

The Wartburg near Eisenach

High above the city of Eisenach sits Wartburg Castle – the most famous fortress in Thuringia. Founded around 1067 by Ludwig the Springer, it was – among other things – the home of Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia and the refuge of Martin Luther. Disguised as Junker Jörg, the Reformer translated the New Testament of the Bible at Wartburg Castle. Today the queen of Thuringia’s fortresses is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Art treasures

The passion that some dukes and princes had for collecting and fostering the arts is the reason why Thuringia is so rich in collections of art, nature and cultural treasures in its many fortresses and castles. The Ducal Museum in Gotha displays artistic treasures from antiquity to the modern age, including one of the oldest Egyptian collections in Germany.


Cuisine & Hospitality

Thuringian cuisine

Thuringia‘s culinary delicacies are talked about everywhere. Gastronomical delights await gourmets but not just in terms of Bratwurst and Thuringian dumplings. Summers and winters alike, you will be welcomed in Thuringia with a smile and invited to discover the many different faces of the state.

  • Brand-name products from Thuringia
    Köstritzer Schwarzbier (black lager), Mühlhäuser plum jam or Born mustard
  • Traditional festivals
    Krämerbrückenfest (Merchants’ Bridge Festival) in Erfurt, Rudolstädter Vogelschießen or the Zwiebelmarkt in Weimar
  • Alternative cuisine
    Cafés with house-made delicacies, organic and natural foods stores or vegan restaurants