Mühlhausen museums

Experience cultural journeys into yesteryear.

Museum of Cultural History: The main Mühlhausen museum building presents the town’s cultural history and region in three exhibition areas: “UNSTRUTH-HAINICH in-depth” shows the prehistoric and early historic settlement of the Unstrut-Hainich district – and get a glimpse into the more recent art history of Thuringia in the “KunstLAND Thüringen” event.
In the first room, the “Mühlhäuser STADTgeschichten” (Mühlhausen town tales) explain the “Free Imperial City” as an independent legal-political model. Meanwhile, the second room showcases the important church history of the old imperial city. The “CITIZEN’S TOWN” theme room spotlights not only historical events but also special personalities, associations and traditional local festivals. And following: a further pair of sections on the city’s history.

And this is only one of a total of five Mühlhausen museums.
Why not check the remaining four museums here.

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Open-air Schwanenteich (swan pond) pool

Enjoy a versatile bathing area with a total bathing area of over 1,100 m² in the Schwanenteich outdoor pool in Mühlhausen, which opened in 2020. You can look forward to a swimmer’s pool with six 25-metre lanes, a diving pool with a 1-metre board and a 3-metre diving tower, an adventure pool with a 16-metre long wide slide and a 140 m² water playground for sensational swimtastic fun. Barrier-free access is available. The swimming pools are heated to keep you comfortable, no matter how bad the weather outside. The entire facility is heated with around 500m² of solar panels.

And the little water rats among you will love the separate children’s pool with adjacent adventure playground.

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Thüringentherme (spa)

Young and old alike can enjoy a visit to the Thüringentherme in Mühlhausen. Water fun awaits in five different pools, from the wave pool to the whirlpool tube and the giant slide.

Forget the daily hubbub, sample the silence and switch off completely – there’s no better place than the sauna area of the Mühlhausen Thüringentherme. We were the first in Thuringia to get the prestigious “Premium Sauna” accolade. Whether you prefer to unwind or stay active, our sauna offers something for everyone. In the sports pool, visitors can ride the waves in crystal clear water during wave mode, while the 75-metre long water slide is a thrill for the bravest among us. With over 8,000 square metres of space, there’s something for everyone here.

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Mühlhausen attractions you shouldn’t miss

Mühlhausen is renowned for its churches and the historic old town, featuring charming timber-framed houses. Visitors and locals alike also rave about the picturesque Schwanenteich and the nearby Popperöder spring.

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Treetop Path

Keen to sample life on the roof of the jungle?
And feel bird-like at a height of 44 metres? Then all roads lead to Hainich!

Experience 600 metres of adventure among the treetops in all seasons, crossing hanging bridges and climbing through tubes. Get up close and personal with the trees for a pure and natural experience.

The treetop path with the National Park Centre – it’s a one-of-a-kind museum!

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At 31 km or so in length, the Rennstieg trail in Hainich is a traditional high-altitude and courier path, first mentioned in 1448. 8.5 km of the trail winds through the primeval forest-like Hainich National Park, providing an unforgettable nature experience.

Its length explains why the Rennstieg trail is often referred to as the ‘little brother’ of the legendary Rennsteig. Running from Eigenrieden in the north to Behringen in the south, it skirts the Hainich forest. With much of the trail in the form of gravel forest roads, it’s a popular choice for families. The trail features a mix of natural beech forests and panoramic views of the Wartburg castle and the Thuringian Forest in the background, as well as the scenic Fahner Heights.

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Have you ever heard of St. Elisabeth, Martin Luther or Walter von der Vogelweide, the minstrel?
All of them lived a part of their lives at the Wartburg, majestically perched high above Eisenach and surrounded by dense and mysterious forests.
Criss-crossing the centuries and under vastly different circumstances, these individuals all made their mark at the Wartburg for various reasons. Explore the Wartburg Museum, the Luther Room, and the Palace Great Hall, or visit the medieval market and stroll through the castle courtyard as if transported centuries back.

Few other castles in Germany are as intimately linked to German history as the Wartburg, overlooking the Thuringian city of Eisenach. Its outstanding cultural and historical significance saw it declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and become a true treasure of humanity.

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Hainich Climbing Forest

Looking for the ultimate thrill at one of the largest climbing forests in Thuringia, located on the edge of Hainich National Park? Then forest forays and climbing trees are what it’s about! With over 140 climbing elements spread across 11 courses, test your courage and agility at every turn. Swing on the Tarzan rope, balance on wobbly bridges, soar through the treetops on a 120-metre-long zipline, and take the plunge from the seven-metre platform – the possibilities are endless! From one to 17 metres high, you can conquer elements of varying difficulty levels. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a beginner, you’ll find the perfect challenge at our climbing forest.

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Leisure and recreation park ‘Zum Possen’

Experience family fun and leisure in the heart of nature with something for everyone.

  • Visit our free zoo and petting zoo.
  • High-rope course for kids and adults alike.
  • Children’s Climbing World
  • Outdoor- & indoor play area
  • Bouncy castle area with giant slide
  • Restaurant, beer garden, snack and ice cream stand
  • Holiday homes for families
  • Nature trails & hiking paths
  • Event location & premises

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Wildcat trail

Hikers find themselves retracing the footsteps of wildcats when they explore the Hainich National Park and follow the 7 km wildcat trail, which entices them with exceptional art along the way and spectacular views.

Take a stroll along the sculpture trail, passing by the Wildcat Barn and Wildcat Enclosure, leading to the abandoned village of ‘Hesswinkel’, onwards to the ‘Dicke Eiche’ tree, and finally up to the observation platform ‘Hainichblick’. From here, visitors can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over Hainich, the Hörselberge mountains, and the Werra Valley, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wartburg visible on a clear day. And afterwards, round it all off with a hike through the slow-growing areas of the former military training ground back towards Hütscheroda.

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Trolley experience

Experience a unique adventure in Lengenfeld unterm Stein by riding a draisine on the old military railway track. Enjoy varied natural scenery and pass by unique historical structures on this one-of-a-kind adventure.

The highlight of the ride comes with the 244-metre-long and 24-metre-high viaduct spanning the town of Lengenfeld unterm Stein, a remarkable engineering feat from the late 19th century. On the bicycle draisine, the journey traverses this unique bridge construction found nowhere else in Germany. For those in search of a less strenuous adventure, enjoy a ride on the electric draisine along the former military railway track, with an expert tour guide in tow.

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The Rennsteig trail comprises eight individual stages, approximately 170 km long in total. Hikers can start at any point and need not follow any specific direction of travel. Those travelling with the whole family, with kids along, will particularly appreciate this. We can explain which stages of the Rennsteig trail are best suited for your family hiking vacation and provide tips on what to look out for.

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