Welcome to Thuringia

141209 Rmk Abschiebestopp Mp
Minister-President Bodo Ramelow

Greetings from Thuringian Minister-President Bodo Ramelow on the English homepage of thueringen.de

Welcome to the English pages of the thueringen.de web, where you will find a wealth of information on the Free State of Thuringia: on the region’s cultural riches, eventful history and lovely scenery, as well as on attractive investment opportunities.

The website is designed to make you curious to visit Thuringia, not only virtually, but in person, too. Because our state is certainly worth it: whether you come here to hike or ski in the Thuringian Forest, to pay a visit to the Wartburg near Eisenach or the Goethe House in Weimar, or to retrace the historical footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach and Martin Luther: there is so much to see and discover!

And Thuringia is so easy to get to: thanks to our ultramodern traffic infrastructure, the Free State – set in the heart of Germany and Europe – is quick and easy to reach from virtually any point across the continent. These pages also have a host of attractions for tourists to our region.

I hope you enjoy perusing our website and I will be thrilled if the information we are providing here succeeds in whetting your desire to come and discover Thuringia.

Bodo Ramelow
Minister-President of Thuringia




Personal details:

born on 16th February 1956 in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, married, two children



Education and professional career

1970 - 1973

Training as retail salesman at Karstadt Gießen

1973 - 1974

Worked at Karstadt while training as an assistant manager


Assistant manager at HaWeGe in Marburg-Cappel

1975 - 1977

Acquired advanced technical college certificate at  Marburg technical college; trainer (CCI certified)

1978 - 1980

Branch manager Jöckel Vertriebs GmbH Marburg

1981 - 1990 

Union secretary Central Hesse

1990 - 1999

HBV regional chairman Thuringia

1999 - 2005 

Member of the Thuringian Parliament, from 2001 leader of the PDS parliamentary party

2005 - 2009

Member of the German Bundestag; deputy leader of the DIE LINKE party

2009 - 12/2014

Leader of the DIE LINKE party

since 2009

Member of the Thuringian Parliament

5th December 2014

Minister-President of the Free State of Thuringia