The German Language Trail

Where language comes alive...

... You may embark on an exciting cultural expedition across Central Germany. Many treasures await your discovery on the German Language Trail. Have fun on your journey!

These regions are the core of where German is spoken. Places that are of present and past significance with regards to the German language are located in the states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Northern Bavaria. Here in these regions the cradle of High German can be found and this is due to the Sächsische Kanzleisprache (the language of the Saxon Chancery) and the reformer Martin Luther. This is where great authors have lived and worked and where festivals, language days and competitions about the German language are held. The German language is being preserved and is actively used in theaters and read aloud festivals. You will be surprised!

On your holiday travel along the trail which combines historical points of interest pertaining to the German language and famous tourist sites. We will be happy to help you with some suggestions during your treasure hunt. There is a lot to discover, so there is one thing we cannot promise: that you will be at a loss for words.

Tracing the History of the German language

Did you know that the German language is over 1200 years old? Today, it is the most widely spoken language in Europe with approximately 100 million native speakers. German is the mother tongue of every fifth European and is spoken as a foreign language by every seventh European. German is the official language in seven countries and in the European Union. Moreover, worldwide, twelve percent of all books published are published in German.

The German language is the key to education, integration and participation in German society. The beauty and expressiveness of German has inspired poets and thinkers alike. German is unique and offers a special view of the world.

Get to know these hospitable places that have made their mark on this rich cultural language! There are especially many of them in Central Germany and Northern Bavaria. They are all linked by the German Language Trail.

This is where great minds enriched the German language: Konrad Duden, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Martin Luther, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Gottfried August Bürger, Paul Gerhardt, Eike von Repgow, Novalis, Friedrich Rückert, Jean Paul, August Graf von Platen and many more. This is the place where the first language society, The Fruitbearing Society, was founded in 1617 and where the oldest and longest established language and literature society in Germany, the Pegnitz Flower Society, was founded in 1644. Discover these traces of history on the German Language Trail!

“Language is a means of transport;
just as much as the railroad transports goods from
Leipzig to Dresden, language transports
thoughts from one mind
to another.”

Wilhelm Ostwald