How do you spell out Thuringia?
Thuringia? Uh, where is that? That was my first thought when I received the invitation to a blogger trip to Thuringia. My atlas was quickly drawn (yes, I’m old-fashioned and still like to hit books) and then my finger was on such famous names as Eisenach, Weimar, Erfurt, and Jena. Suddenly I remembered a quotation from a book of my childhood, I think it was from the Sprachbastelbuch: “When the Goethehaus in Weimar shimmers through the trees”. Oh, and then it was quickly clear, I wanted to see it dazzling and was looking forward to Goethe, glass and Gropius and dumplings, art and Krämerbrücke.
So many G’s! So many K’s! What brings me to the idea: How do you spell out Thuringia?
T like tradition
In Thuringia there are many things to marvel at, to discover and, of course, to eat. The Thuringian bratwurst, for example. It is also called Thuringian Rostbratwurst. The oldest documentary mention goes back to the year 1404. This is old, very old. Probably the bratwurst landed on wooden plates at that time, because Chinese porcelain was expensive and could not yet be produced in Europe.
Until the Thuringians set the glorious task and wanted to get behind the secret of the “white gold”. First, the pharmacist Johann Friedrich Böttger, originally from Thuringia, succeeded in discovering it and the famous Meissen porcelain was born. Small flaw: Meissen is located in Saxony. Thuringia had to wait another five decades and only then did they know that a mixture of kaolin, feldspar, and quartz, fired at the right temperature, gave the “white gold”.
Since then, porcelain from Thuringia has become indispensable. Porcelain manufactories were created and today one of the largest porcelain manufacturers in Europe is in Kahla: Kahla / Thüringen Porzellan GmbH.
And right around the corner is the most fun and exciting museum on an old and venerable castle that I visited this year: the Porzellanmuseum in Leuchtenburg. Usually, I’m doing a great deal around museums of this kind. Porcelain, how boring! There are probably hundreds of tea, coffee or food services waiting in at least 237 pieces in gray-brown showcases in front of him. Not to mention shepherdesses, portrait cups, and awkwardly set tables.
I found no dusty showcases, but of course, there are terribly beautiful shepherdesses. I found puzzles and everyday life, art and superlatives (the largest porcelain vase in the world is exhibited here) and, of course, porcelain plays the main role. I do not want to reveal much more, you just have to see it yourself.
But I still have one question: When will shards bring luck? Because the plate on which I have previously written a wish with the light pen and I dropped from the Skywalk desires from the depths, which is now zerscheppert and zerdeppert at the bottom of the Leuchtenburg, these shards should have been in vain? Unfortunately, my wish has not been fulfilled yet …
Anyone who does not dare to go to the museum (because of porcelain allergy or something) will be well served in the Burgschänke and may indulge in enjoying another culinary tradition, the original Thuringian peasant cake from the Steinbackofen. Instead of white gold, hip gold. Could you tell me the recipe?