The former royal town of Gotha has many attractive places of interest, including its historic town centre, St Margaret's Church and the Augustinian monastery. "The Gotha Baroque Universe", with Friedenstein Castle and the Ducal Museum, is also an impressive cultural attraction.
Great intellectuals, such as Voltaire and Goethe, and world-famous rulers like Emperor Napoleon and King Frederick the Great of Prussia were once entertained at the court in Gotha. The tradiitonal and the modern meet everywhere in this former capital town of the Duchy of Saxe-Gotha.
There is plenty to discover here, such as the casemates which once surrounded Friedenstein Castle. They represent one of the mightiest Baroque fortification complexes in Central Germany and have largely been preserved. On guided tours, visitors can see underground embrasure chambers, rifle galleries, rear defences and lots more.
One of Germany's oldest cross-country trams, the "Thüringerwaldbahn", runs from Gotha into the forest, passing the Boxberg Race Course and ending at Tabarz. This one-hour trip goes to numerous places of interest in the fairy-tale Thuringian Forest. Its terminal point of Tabarz is an idyllic resort town at the foot of the 916-metre high Inselsberg Mountain.