Gotha, the former residence of the dukes of Saxe-Gotha, lies between Erfurt and Eisenach. It is dominated by Friedenstein Palace, the largest early baroque palace in Germany. Inside the palaces west tower is the Ekhof Theatre, the oldest surviving baroque theatre in the world still staging plays. Gotha marks the start of the Thuringian Forest Railway, which will take you out into the Thuringian Forest as far as Tabarz.

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