Saalfeld is a city in the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt area.
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 27,000. 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.
It is an hour by train or car from Jena, Coburg and Erfurt. It is between two to three hours from Nuremburg, Leipzig and Frankfurt.
The town is compact and walkable, but there are also regular buses and taxis running around
Highlights include the palace of Queen Victoria's grandparents, the medieval town centre, the nationally famous fairy grotto, and the surrounding forests and lakes of Thuringia.
The area is a rewarding place to shop for unique craftsworks made from glass, ceramic and precious stones.
The Hotel Anker, which has hosted the German Kaiser(Emperor), offers a good mix of classic and modern German dishes such as velk steak and locally caught trout. There are several butchers in the town center who grill and sell the justly famous Thuringia bratwursts in the afternoon.
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.
The forests, mountains and lakes of Thuringia are at hand, they are so close you can simply walk there!