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Saalfeld is a city in the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt area in Thuringia, Germany.
It is situated by the Saale River, 48 km (30 mi) south of German cultural capital Weimar and 130 km (81 mi) south-west of Leipzig. The population of the district is 118,000, that of the tri-city area is 58,000 and Saalfeld town proper is 26,800. It is best known internationally as the former capital of the branch of the house of Wettins (known amongst English-speakers as the Windsors) that is today's British royal family.
==Get in==

By train

By car

Saalfeld is located some 40 km off the A4 (Frankfurt–Erfurt–Dresden) and A9 (Berlin–Leipzig–Nuremberg) motorway, respectively. Driving from Erfurt or Weimar takes just over an hour, from Leipzig 1½ to two hours.

By plane

The nearest airports are Erfurt (ERF; 65 km away), Leipzig/Halle (LEJ; 135 km) and Nuremberg (NUE; 200 km).
==Get around==
The town is compact and walkable, but there are also regular buses and taxis running around
As well as the medieval town centre, and the surrounding forests and lakes of Thuringia:
  • Feengrottenthe nationally famous fairy grottoes

  • Schloss Saalfeldthe palace of Queen Victoria's grandparents, the Saxe-Coburg. Now a regional government building

The area is a rewarding place to shop for unique craftsworks made from glass, ceramic and precious stones.
There are several butchers in the town center who grill and sell the justly famous Thüringer Bratwurst (Thuringia sausage) in the afternoon.
  • Hotel Ankeroffers a good mix of classic and modern German dishes such as velk steak and locally caught trout.In the past hosted the German Kaiser (Emperor).

There is nearly a dozen hotels and pensions in the area. Except for the high peak season around July, you should be able to just turn up and find a place to stay.