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Erfurt: Scavenger Hunt Through the Old Town

1. Erfurt: Scavenger Hunt Through the Old Town

In the game box, you'll find eleven sealed and numbered envelopes. In these, you find small tasks that need to be solved. Led by clear directions,  walk around the Erfurt old town, solving the puzzles in order to get to the next station. As solution for the puzzles, you get a number that tells you what envelope you have to open next. As you criss-cross through the city, you’ll receive detailed background information on the history of each site that you reach.  You decide for yourself when to start the tour, and along the way, take as much time as you’d like stopping for a bite to eat, a coffee, or to do some shopping. The game starts at the famous Erfurt Cathedral, and leads you through the city’s most historic sights. Walk pass Kaufmannskirche, Stadtmuseum zur Krämerbrücke, and the Petersberg Fortress. Above all, experience the city in a unique way, having a blast with your family, friends, or yourself. Please note that the game is in German.

Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

2. Leipzig: Riverside Forest Tour on the Pleiße

Experience incredible tranquility and nature idyll on this relaxing river cruise from Leipzig into the riverside forest. Discover the unique biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the beautiful Leipzig floodplain forest. Hop on an electric motorboat, starting at the boathouse and travel across the flood bed along the Pleiße, away from the street noise of the big city. Discover a forest rich in a wide variety of animal and plant species.  Take advantage of the many shady ancient oaks on the shore on warm sunny days. End at the boathouse where you can continue to explore the Leipzig floodplain forest on foot.

Leipzig: Floodplain Forest & City River Cruise

3. Leipzig: Floodplain Forest & City River Cruise

Set off on a river cruise onboard an electric motorboat to explore the Leipzig floodplain forest. Experience the biodiversity of the flora and fauna and admire the city's industrial heritage. Travel across the flood bed along the Pleiße, away from the street noise of the big city. From there, ride past the newly renovated grandstand of the racecourse at the "Scheibenholz" to the Palmengartenwehr. Leave the Elster flood bed and turn into the Weiße Elster, and see Germany's first mail-order business and the Gründerzeit industrial buildings in Plagwitz. Travel along the Weiße Elster and navigate the Karl-Heine-Canal. Passing the former "Riverboat", turn off at the stilt house and drive back to the starting point at the wildlife park.

Weimar: Scavenger Hunt Through the Historic Town

4. Weimar: Scavenger Hunt Through the Historic Town

Your city game box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Following clear and precise directions, you will be taken on a walk through Weimar’s wonderful historic city center, as you solve the riddles to find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You won’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened, and additionally, for all the sights you visit, you will receive detailed information regarding their historical background, current use, and much more. It’s up to you when to start your scavenger hunt through Weimar historic city center, as well as how long you wish to stay at each location. You can let yourself be transported on a mysterious and unconventional tour. You can take a break from your city game at any time or even continue your scavenger hunt on another day, just as you like. You will start at the newly-opened Bauhaus Museum, from where you will pass the national theater and the former residences of Goethe and Schiller, as well as the famous Anna-Amalia-Library. You will also come by the castle and park around the river Ilm. There is no need to make an appointment for your scavenger hunt game. Simply book the game box and get it sent to you (the shipping costs are already included in the price), or notify your guides to pick it up during opening times.

Erfurt: Private Guided Classic Old Town E-Rickshaw Tour

5. Erfurt: Private Guided Classic Old Town E-Rickshaw Tour

Your expert rickshaw guide will show you and explain the historical sights of Erfurt on an exciting, private Old Town tour. In 90 minutes, the cultural splendor across all the city's eras will be explored. And all onboard an e-rickshaw, protected from rain and sun and thus perfect for any season. Meet your guide at the fish market. Your personal rickshaw guide will take you to the historical registry office, a.k.a. the House of Sonneborn. Visit the Waidspeicher. The highlight of the area is the cathedral square, home to the stately St. Mary's Cathedral. Discover Erfurt's past and present with the comfort and convenience of an e-rickshaw. Relax while your driver cycles past the top sights in Erfurt's Old Town. Take photo breaks or make a stop to sample the famous Thuringian Rostbratwurst whenever you like. Along the winding Waagegasse, look out at the Old Synagogue. Cruise through the Michaelisviertel to the next stop, the Collegium Maius, the old university. The crowning glory will be the Krämerbrücke with its impressive half-timbered houses.

From Würzburg: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

6. From Würzburg: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day out in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and see this romantic and medieval city from the comfort of a bus and on a walking tour. Visit the Renaissance castle, the wine region of the Tauber Valley, and the Baroque garden all in a day. Head out of charming Würzburg along the the River Main through the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a bus. Stop in Weikersheim for a visit of this historic town, the Renaissance castle, and the fabulous park laid out in the style of Versailles. See the unforgettable skyline of Rothenburg, a former Free Imperial Town placed high over the steep Tauber Valley with its complete medieval townscape. This outstanding architectural jewel is a must-see when visiting Germany, as hardly any other city embodies history so impressively and vividly.  Follow the night watchman as he guides you through the city's picturesque alleys. Here, the stones speak, so to speak, and tell tales of rulers and the magic of the Middle Ages. Cosmopolitanism, idyll, and a 1,000-year history work together to create a unique flair.  Return to Würzburg brimming with history of medieval ages and with unforgettable memories of a stunning landscape.

From Leipzig: Neuseeland Sightseeing Bike Tour

7. From Leipzig: Neuseeland Sightseeing Bike Tour

Cycle between the White Elster and the Pleiße, Leipzig's most important rivers on this bike tour with a guide. Ride through the Plagwitz and Schleußig districts, see the remains of open-cast mines, pass the Elster reservoir to Lake Zwenkau, and discover the ash dump of the Böhlen power station. Begin at the city harbor, riding through the districts of Plagwitz and Schleußig. On the way, you'll discover the Buntgarnwerke building complex on the Weiße Elster. Built at the end of the 19th century, it represents one of the most important examples of the industrial culture of that time. Through the southern alluvial forest, reach Lake Cospuden, the remains of the Cospuden open-cast mine. Passing the Elster reservoir, the tour leads along the White Elster to the Elster Falls near Hartmannsdorf and there to Lake Zwenkau. Via the ash dump of the Böhlen power station, you'll reach the town of Böhlen. From there, travel along the Pleißeradweg back to Lake Cospuden and back to the starting point at Leipzig city harbor.

From Leipzig: Vogtland Music Day Trip

8. From Leipzig: Vogtland Music Day Trip

Leipzig is a city of musical well-being, with Johann Sebastian Bach having worked there for decades as a composer, cantor, and director of the Thomanerchor. The Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the best in its field, and it is there that Kapellmeister Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy founded one of the most renowned music academies in Europe. Throughout your day tour, visit some of the musical instrument manufacturers or collectors around Carlsfeld, Klingenthal, and Markneukirchen. Bandonions are still being produced in Carlsfeld today, which give the Tango Argentino its unmistakable sound. Klingenthal delivers harmonicas and accordions all over the world, and in Markneukirchen you can find string and wind instrument manufacturers. Depending on the daily situation and availability, you can expect to visit 1 or 2 craftsmen. Outside of that, dig into Vogtland culture and its culinary delights. Encounter the Vogtland Arena — a modern ski jump — and if you still have time, take an excursion to the chic Bad Elster or Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 44 reviews

The tour leads you very well through everything worth seeing in Weimar. And with the info cards you can really learn something! One should take the trouble to read through. I can also recommend buying the 48h Weimar Card beforehand. So you can look directly into interesting museums (Goethe House, Schiller House, ...). Unfortunately, the tour begins at the furthest possible point from the tourist center.

It came in German, but luckily was with a native German speaker who translated for me. It was an interesting way to explore a city and discover the sites, and I enjoyed that it was an analogue experience. It was a perfect solution for these socially distancing times. The box and cards are either a great keepsake or if you live nearby it's perfect to keep around for when others visit.

The scavenger hunt is very nice and fun. Unfortunately there was a question about the cathedral, which we could not solve because the cathedral was in the process of renovation. I think that should be checked here at regular intervals whether the tasks are still up to date. Otherwise it was really nice.

The scavenger hunt was a nice walk to get your bearings in the city. Good to get there!

The puzzle questions could have been a little more difficult.