Experience the Prachtregion

The district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen is just the right place for anyone who wants to be active between mountains and valleys or slow down in beautiful natural surroundings. The Thuringian Forest, Werra Valley, Rhön or Grabfeld invite you to scenic and varied tours. Whether on foot, by bike or in a canoe – there are many natural treasures to discover in the district. Well-signposted hiking trails, such as the well-known Rennsteig, lead to stunning viewpoints.
Prachtregion - Cycling
Prachtregion - Hiking
Prachtregion - Water-Hiking


Rain or shine, indoors or outdoors – in the Prachtregion you can experience an incredible range of things. Numerous destinations for young and old are waiting to be discovered.


Thuringia’s winter sports capital is located in the district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen and its undisputed name is Oberhof. The first skiing competitions were held here as early as 1905, and in 1931 bobsledders and Nordic skiers held their first World Championships in Oberhof – a new centre of top winter sports was born.

Still today, Oberhof is one of the most famous winter sports resorts in the world.

© Image 1 WSRO Oberhof, Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e.V.  | Images 2/5/6 Christian Heilwagen, Thüringer Wintersportzentrum | Images  3/4 Marcel Haseney – digitalfotografixx.de, Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e.V. | Image 7 saschabuehnerphotography

Oberhof 2023

In 2023, Oberhof will host two World Championships. The winter sports centre will host the Biathlon World Championships for the second time since 2004. The 2023 World Luge Championships will also be held in Oberhof for the fourth time exactly 50 years after the first domestic title competitions.

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