1000-year old Gera, the town of Otto Dix and the third largest in Thuringia, is situated in the beautiful, hilly countryside by the banks of the river Weisse Elster. With its woods, Hofwiesenpark and many other parks and mansion gardens, the former home town of the royal house of Reuss has a wealth of green oases. The Elster Cycle Trail is very well developed in the Gera area and invites all active nature lovers to explore the Otto Dix town by bicycle.
On a tour of the town, lovers of art and culture will discover the Renaissance Town Hall, the Town Pharmacy with its magnificent Renaissance bay or the Haus Schulenburg designed by Belgian architect Henry van de Velde. A rich and varied cultural life is provided by the theatre with its long tradition, the Culture and Congress Centre and four museums.
The Otto Dix House in the town district of Untermhaus is the birthplace of Gera's most famous artist son. Today, it is a museum, where visitors can see paintings from all Otto Dix's periods of work and the ambience of a worker's household in about 1900.
A special tourist attraction is to be found 10 metres below the Museum of Natural History, namely the so-called "Geraer Höhler", an accessible labyrinth of tunnels and niches which served for the storage of beer from the 16th century onwards. On the popular Black Beer Tour, visitors can learn lots about the Gera underworld while enjoying bread and dripping and dark beer.