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Historic Fountain. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Historic Fountain. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Peace Stone Castle. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Peace Stone Castle. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Orangery and Park. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Orangery and Park. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Historic City Hall. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Historic City Hall. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Aerial view over city. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Aerial view over city. Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Town Hall and Marketplace. Marco Andreas
Town Hall and Marketplace. Marco Andreas
Ducal Museum. Photo Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Ducal Museum. Photo Kulturstadt Gotha GmbH
Stage of Elkhof Theatre. Castle Foundation
Stage of Elkhof Theatre. Castle Foundation

Gotha Information

Gotha is a town located in central Germany in the state of Thuringia dating back to the 8th century. The town was first known as Villa Gotaha, which translated, means “Good Waters” and Gotha is another of Germany’s great historic towns with a population of around 50,000 people.

In history Gotha played an important role in the German workers movement being the birthplace of the German socialist party the SPD in 1875. The Gotha Tivoli house where the Socialist Workers Party was founded still stands today in Gotha as a tourist site.

One of the main attractions to Gotha is Schloss Friedenstein (Peace Stone Castle) constructed in 1655 with Broque style architecture. The entire castle is a museum with its many historic chambers, the castle church, Ducal Museum and the Baroque Ekhof theatre being very popular with tourists. The castle also features the Museum of Natural Stone with the permanent exhibition “Animals in the Tower”.

Outside the Peace Stone castle lays the Orangery and Park, a wonderful and diverse park that gives a graceful picture in every season. The park also features a pond, the temple of Mercury and the Holy Island where members of the ducal family are buried.

Old Town in Gotha is another great place to see with the Renaissance style Town Hall built in 1577 being noteworthy for its richly decorated façade. Nearby the Town Hall is Hauptmarkt (Market Place) that is surrounded with restored patrician houses. There are two notable churches well worth visiting with the Gothic Augustinian Church founded in the 13th century and the St Margaret’s Church built in the 15th century.

As Gotha was a cradle of modern insurance, in 2009 the town opened the EW Arnoldi German Insurance Museum. The museum displays a wonderful exhibit of documents artefacts on the history in the world of insurance.

Nature lovers will enjoy the Animal Park (Tierpark Gotha). Located in the nature reserve of Little Seeberg, there are over 650 animals with the majority being from Europe.

For more holiday information on the city of Gotha in Germany you may also want to see the government website Kulturstadt Gotha

Performace at Autumn Market. Photo Kul Tour Stadt Gotha GmbH
Performace at Autumn Market. Photo Kul Tour Stadt Gotha GmbH
Aerial view over Gotha, Germany. Photo courtesy of Gotha City Council
Aerial view over Gotha, Germany. Photo courtesy of Gotha City Council