On the tracks of famous contemporaries

Alexander von Humboldt, one of the most important natural scientists in the history of humanity

Thuringia-Franconia had always been a fertile ground for artists and creative spirits. Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 - 1553) was born in Kronach, but came to fame in Wittenberg - as a portrait artist of the Reformation among other things. Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682 - 1719) is considered as the inventor of German porcelain, making him immortal in his birthplace of Schleiz. The poet Jean Paul (1763 - 1825) was more in his day than either Goethe or Schiller. A museum has been dedicated to him in Joditz, where he spent his childhood. Not far from Joditz, in Bad Steben, Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859) has left behind some traces. He worked there for many years as a geologist, and was a key figure in the development of mining in the region, before setting off for South America on his journeys of discovery.

Master of language
Back in Schleiz, this is where Konrad Duden (1829 - 1911) was a grammar school teacher for a number of years. A short time later, his book, "Vollständiges Orthographisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache" (Complete Orthographic Dictionary of the German Language) appeared, known today as "Duden". Joachim Ringelnatz (1883 - 1934) was considered to be a genial linguist of a very special kind, and he took visitors to castle Lauenstein by Ludwigsstadt on guided tours. Another master of language is Tankred Dorst (*1925), who was born in Oberlind/Sonneberg. Winner of the Georg-Büchner award among other things, he is one of the most renowned German playwrights and authors.

Famous visiting Frenchmen
Last, but not least, over to two famous Frenchmen who paid a visit to Kronach: Napoleon (1769 - 1821) in the year 1806 on his final victorious campaign against the Prussians, and finally Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970), although not in quite such glorious circumstances: He came as a prisoner of war to Kronach during the First World War.