The Garden Gnome Park in Trusetal is a sanctuary for gnomes [Nanus hortorum vulgaris]. It is situated between Eisenach and Oberhof in the beautiful Thuringian Forest.
The small park had been established in 1996 and hosts around 2500 garden gnomes.
In Trusetal you have the chance to experience many aspects of their life. You’ll meet gnomes attending school, the congress or brewing beer.
They’ve nailed it right to the last little detail!
Of course, you can eat Thüringer Bratwurst there and wash it down with some gnome medicine. The Garden Gnome Park Trusetal also has a small museum and an indoor exhibition with unusual ones (but that may have to wait until next Gnomevember or a really big Photoshop job …). With all those features, this park provides important resources for nanologists.
Nanologie [Scientia nanologica] is the scientific name for the study of garden gnomes (and you thought you cannot learn anything around here). When the park was built, they even unearthed an ancient crypt. Furthermore, the area is lucky to have the only known-to-men garden gnome tree. This is where gnomes naturally grow but this is also subject to a post of its own.
Life in the Garden Gnome Park Trusetal
Ralf and Jacob had been donated by the important collector and nanologist Thomas Brinkmann for the 5th anniversary of the Gnome Park.
You will also find changing special exhibitions, jumping castles (that might be open again when you visit) and lots of fun for smaller kids. The entrance fee is moderate and you get to ride the Choo Choo Train as many times as you like! Also, the staff really seemed to be enjoying their jobs and were super friendly. Oh what a fun trip!
What to do in Trusetal?
If you’re not like me, you may not want to spend the entire day at the Garden Gnome Park. Trusetal also offers a waterfall. Hey, they share the parking lot and while you’re there …
This artificial waterfall has a height of 58 meters. On your way you will also find the Corona Bench (because clearly Germans have no humor). Other than that, you are in Thuringia. Enjoy the fresh air, go mountaineering, visit a show mine or check out the Inselberg Mountain with its many sights.
While we cannot really go anywhere at the moment, at least we can travel online. I really hope you enjoyed your trip to the Garden Gnome Park Trusetal. Happy (online) traveling!
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