What´s on - Festivals & Events
With over 1000 events throughout the year - theatre, concerts, displays and festivals – one can enjoy both, nature and culture in Meiningen every weekend!
July and August
First weekend in July
According to legend Mothert Hulda brought the recipe for the famous Thuringian dumplings, locally known as ‘Hütes’, to Meiningen. The people of Meiningen celebrate their traditional dish with a vibrant festival every year in July. There are all sorts of shows and parades, live music on several stages, events along the banks of the Werra river and much more...
Great variety and vivacious performances make this festival so attractive. Each year the city of Meiningen awards the Thüringer Kleinkunstpreis (Thuringian Fringe Award) at the beginning of the Kleinkunsttage.
The Meiningen town church is not only a place of contemplation but also offers a great series of concerts: Music - World - Church features renowned artists and an explosive mix of music from gospel and jazz to classic and folk.
First weekend in September
Meiningen Steam Engine Festival
Thousands of fans of the puffing steel giants gather in Meiningen on the first weekend in September for the Steam Locomotive Days to get a close look at the machines on display or even drive a steam engine themselves!