“très beau sejour. La region est charmante avec des lieux d'extreme interet. la maison, de caractère, correspond à la description. agreable à vivre. dans un petit village tranquille tout près de la foret.”
Herman's reviewsAs a host (6)
“We had a very successful exchange with this nice family. We stayed two weeks in their pleasant house with big garden. We enjoyed a few quiet days in their garden but made many trips to beautiful world heritage cities and castles and gardens. The area is beautiful and green. Mari gave us some good tips, also about things to do with our young children. the communication with Mari and Herman was easy, very helpful and pleasant. They took good care of our cat and our house. The Pienaar house is a very good starting point to explore this nice area in Germany!”
“Beautiful and full of history region (Turingia) in Weimar (D). The house is really big (three floors) and have a nice open garden with lot of lavanda (and lovely rabbits). Fantastic swap and the opportunity to know interesting family that love flowers, perfumes, colours; and realizes artistic soaps (unbelievable!). Weimar is close to many important and artistic town (Erfurt, Eisenac, Gotha,...). Many opportunity to visit Tutingia: nature and culture. Strongly suggested.”
“It is a very nice, comfortable and renovated house in a quiet neighbourhood. The location is in central Germany: we reached in less than half an hour historical cities like Erfurt and Jena on the free highway. We drove to the south and visited Bad Blankenburg, surrounded by nature and the river Schwarza. My husband, interested in history, went to the concentration campo in Buchenwald. For children and young people there are several swimming pools in the surroundings. The family made us feel most welcome. They kept our house as if it were theirs and took care of our pets while we looked after their 5 ducks. Herman and Mary are very nice and helpful people, therefore we would thoroughly recommend an exchange with these family!”
“We\'re looking back at a great exchange holiday with this family. Communication with Mari and Hermann was smooth, the house very comfortable (and large!) and the surroundings beautiful. We enjoyed strokes in the forest, visiting Erfurt and Weimar and a castle with a spectacular bird of prey show. Also important: they left our own house in perfect condition. A swap with this family is heartily recommended!”
“Je tiens à remercier Mari et Herman qui en dépit du problème de langue nous ont très bien conseillés pour réussir au mieux notre séjour dans ce pays où nous n'étions jamais allé et dont nous sortons enchantés par tout ce que nous y avons vu: Weimar, Erfurt, Postdam, Leipzig... Dans sa maison ancienne rénovée et décorée avec beaucoup de passion nous avons vraiment profité de son jardin de sa lavande, des roses, des bonnes odeurs qui embaumaient toute la maison...”
Where is it?
Our home is situated in Legefeld, which is next to a forest which has wonderful walking and cycling routes (Ilm cycle route is about 90km long. It is one the most scenic cycle routes in Central Europe). The forest is 5 minutes walk from our home. The historical city of Weimar is reachable by city and regional bus and bicycle, being only 10 minutes drive by car. 2 Bus stops are basically in front of our house and a general shop is 3 minutes walk. Weimar is famous for the homes of Goethe, Schiller, Bach, Liszt and Wagner as well as the Buchenwald Concentration camp. The inner city of Weimar is a world heritage site and has also hosted people such as Martin Luther, Hans Christian Anderson and other significant politicians.
The historical city of Erfurt is only 20 minutes drive on the autobahn from our home,it has one of biggest preserved Medieval cities in Germany. It is also a world heritage site. There are lots of things to do and see. For example botanical gardens, ice-skating etc.
The city of Jena is also 20 minutes drive on the autobahn from our house. Jena is known for it's planetariums and optics There are several museums, some are hands-on and inter-active. There is also a big indoor swimming facility.
Other extraordinary places:
Falcon and birds-of-prey shows at Kranichfeld 13km from us.
High ropes open-air-adventure-course and indoor-swimming pool at Hohenfelden 15km from us.
Blankenhain golf course and forest open air-swimmingpool is 10km from our house. Bad Berka swimming pool is 5km from our house.
Oberhof Winter Olympic Centrum is 65km from our house. There are all kinds of winter sport activities to do. Ski-jump; skiing and snowboarding; bob-sleigh; biathlon and more.
The well-known Wartburg castle is 85km from our house in Eisenach. It is a must if you are interested in history. (Elizabeth of Thüringen and the translation of the bible by Martin Luther.)
The Tree-top walk route in the Hainich and Germanic offer-moor in Muhlhausen is 65km from our house
There are several castles and palaces in our region. Some of them had played a significant role on European and world history.
There are much more to discover in Thuringen.
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