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Ilmenau is known for its influence from Goethe and as an university city. A diverse cultural offering and numerous events are imprinting the cultural landscape of Ilmenau. A large amount of museums and exhibitions, a cinema and a puppet theatre and traditional events are offering a varied program for everyone.

The surrounding of Ilmenau contais along the ‘Goethe Wanderweg’ three museum of Goethe: The GoetheStadtMuseum in the town hall, the hunting house Gabelbach in the valley of Gabelbach and the Gothe museum in Stütherbach. All of the museums contain exhibitions of the poet and his work in Ilmenau.


One of the highlights of the summer events in Ilmenau is the Altstadtfest, which offers you different musical events on a lot of stages. The Ilmenauer Töpfermarkt, the Lichterfest and the Ilmenauer Autofrühling are also popular festivals, that attract numerous visitors to Ilmenau. The Kickelhahnfest, the Fischerfest and the Ilmenau Faschng are traditions which go over 100 years into history and are also an important part of the cultural offering.

The festival hall of Ilmenau offers room for larger events and concerts of different genres. The jazz-scene in Ilmenau established itself particularly. The Jazzdays of Ilmenau are taking place in April and also for the Jazz mile in Thuringia in the fall are stages of Ilmenau used. Services and concerts take place in the city church “St. Jakobus”.

The Gabelbachrennen, which was initiated 1913 by Carl Slevogt from the company Apollo, celebrated 2013 its 100-years anniversary. On the course that is rich of tradition, visitors can experience spectacular car races with oldtimers and modern vehicles.

Annual highlights of Ilmenau in overview:

★ Ilmenauer Altstadtfest

★ Ilmenauer Töpfermarkt

★ Kickelhahnfest

★ Fischerfest

★ Ilmenauer Fasching

★ Oldienight

★ Gabelbach-Race

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