Thuringia is Germanys strong centre. The Free State that is located between Nordhausen and Sonnenberg, Eisenach and Altenburg, has always been an open-minded region, with an impressive cultural history and people, who have consciousness of tradition and a sense of innovation.
After the reunification, the Free State of Thuringia was confronted with the huge task of overcoming the decades of isolation it had experienced as a border territory between East and West-Germany. The successful presentation of Weimar as European City of Culture 1999 was an important and positive step in this direction. The German unification signified for Thuringia also the joining of the European Union.
The Free State takes full advantage of its location between eastern and western countries in Europe and works together with its partner regions Essex (England), Picardie (France) and Malopolska (Poland). Besides these, Thuringia has strong partnerships with other central and eastern European states, in particular with the Republic of Hungary.