Schweina is located on the edge of the Thuringian Forest, surrounded by a picturesque valley through which the Werra flows. This marvellous view was already enjoyed by the Duke of Saxony Meiningen, who built the magnificent residence palace Altenstein, not far from Schweina. The most famous inhabitant of the town was the founder of the Kindergarten - Friedrich Fröbel. On the Fröbelwanderweg (Fröbel hiking path) you can learn interesting things about this great Germany educationalist who lived here in Schloss Marienthal and found his last resting-place on the Schweina cemetery.
Probably unique in Germany is the custom of burning torches on the Antoniusberg (mount Antonius) on 24th December. This date attracts many visitors to Schweina on Christmas Eve, every year.