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Festivals in Thuringia


  • Thuringian Bach Weeks
    Festival period in Thuringia's Bach places including Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Arnstadt and others and a great variety of different concerts. Annually held in March/April, around the birthday of composer J.S.Bach, a son of Thuringia. (12 April - 5 May 2019)


  • Concert season at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach
    annual concert series in connection with the MDR Music Summer and Deutschlandradio Kultur (Mai - October)
  • Liszt Biennale
    biannual event celebrating the composer Franz Liszt in various Thuringian towns including Weimar, Eisenach and Meiningen (5 - 10 June 2019)
    Liszt in Thuringia


  • Thuringian Palace Festival in Sondershausen
    opera, operetta or musical performances in the romantic inner courtyard or gardens of Sondershausen Palace. In 2019, three different production will be presented: Jesus Christ Superstar by A. Lloyd Webber (21 June - 21 July 2019), The Abduction from the Seraglio by W. A. Mozart (28 June - 20 July 2019) and Orpheus and Eurydike by Ch. W. Gluck (6 - 21 July 2019)
  • Ekhof-Festival at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha
    performances in the magnificent baroque palace theatre from the late 1600s (28 June - 24 August 2019)
    The festival traditionally ends with the Gotha Baroque Festival weekend at Friedenstein Castle (24 and 25 August 2019)


  • TFF Rudolstadt
    international festival of folk and world music - one of the biggest in Europe (4 - 7 July 2019)


  • Cathedral Steps Festival in Erfurt
    open-air festival against the breath-taking backdrop of Erfurt Cathedral (9 August - 1 September 2019: The Name of the Rose, based on the international bestseller by Umberto Eco)
  • SonneMondSterne - Open-Air
    spectacular open-air festival at a large water reservoir near Saalburg with international stars of the electronic music scene (9 - 11 August, 2019).
  • ACHAVA Festival in Erfurt
    a mixture of concerts, exhibitions and public discussion events focussing on Jewish culture (19 - 29 September 2019)