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Sights in Erfurt

The Thuringian capital Erfurt has a lot to offer to it's visitors. Recreational opportunities, gastronomy and interesting sights in Erfurt make a visit to the garden city an unforgettable experience for both young and old. It is guaranteed not to be bored in Erfurt - we show you what you must see in the Thuringian capital.

Let Erfurt impress you

Erfurt, capital of the German state of Thuringia, is a place that impresses with its historic facades, picturesque old town and a wide range of leisure activities. The city's landmark, the imposing buildings of St. Severi and Erfurt Cathedral, can be seen from afar. The Petersberg in Erfurt, a largely preserved city fortress, also impresses with its size and attracts about 550,000 visitors annually. But Erfurt has much to offer not only for fans of architectural buildings. Those who come here can look forward to a lively culture, a charming atmosphere and great offers for the physical well-being. In the winter months, Erfurt's Christmas market beckons, and in the summer, the Festival of Lights in Ega Park and the Krämerbrücken Festival delight locals and tourists alike.

History of the city of Erfurt

A significant influence on Erfurt's history has been its status as a medieval trading center. The Thuringian capital originated as an early Germanic settlement and quickly developed into a lively center in the Thuringian region. Formative for the development of Erfurt was above all the influence of the church, which can still be seen today, not least through the large number of magnificent houses of worship. For example, the capital of Thuringia is considered the spiritual home of Martin Luther, who received his ordination here. For a long time, Erfurt was home to one of the oldest universities in Germany, before it was closed in 1816. It was reopened in 1994 and is now one of the youngest universities in Germany.

The old town of Erfurt invites you to stroll around

The most beautiful experiences for art and culture

Education-seekers can discover a lot in Erfurt. Cultural offerings of the city include the Natural History Museum in Erfurt, the famous Cathedral Steps Festival or the Cathedral Square in Erfurt. Also worth seeing are the music event Fête de la Musique in Erfurt or the Cathedral Festival. Those who enjoy nature should pay a visit to the Steigerwald. And when it comes to theater and museums, there is hardly anything left to be desired in the garden city.

1. Erfurt Variety Theater

The Alte Oper (Old Opera House) as well as DASDIE live and DASDIE Brettl regularly host Kleinkunstveranstaltungen, concerts and cabaret performances. Especially the Alte Oper inspires with its 20s charm.

2. Art Gallery

Located directly in Erfurt's old town is the seat of the Erfurt Kunstverein. It regularly hosts exhibitions featuring the works of renowned artists.

3. Waidspeicher Gallery

The art museum Galerie Waidspeicher offers German and international contemporary art. Visitors can admire installations, object displays, as well as handicrafts and photography.

4. Cabaret The Ark

The Ark regularly hosts cabaret events. More than 280 performances are held there annually. Performers include permanent ensemble members as well as guest performers and musicians.

5. Museum for Thuringian Folklore

The folklore museum is one of the largest of its kind in all of Germany. It displays objects of rural German material culture from the period between 1800 and 1920. Exhibits include furniture, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and glass, as well as religious objects and folk art.

6. Grassi Museum of Applied Arts.

The Grassi Museum houses folkloric pieces and objects. Regularly changing exhibitions show how people lived in earlier times.

The longest bridge in Europe is located in Erfurt

Historical sights

There is a lot to discover in Erfurt. The Erfurt Old Town and its many architectural gems invite you to stroll and admire. The numerous shopping opportunities in Erfurt also make a visit to the city a real experience. For example, the Anger Erfurt as a famous promenade is a must-see for all city visitors. Event centers include the Zughafen in Erfurt, a cultural train station where cultural events are held throughout the year. The Kaisersaal in Erfurt also represents a hip event location in the city.

7. Krämer Bridge in Erfurt's Old Town

Europe's longest bridge continuously built with houses and inhabited is located not far from the Old Synagogue. Arts and crafts and antique dealers can be found in the buildings.

8. Petersberg Citadel

The citadel on the Petersberg in Erfurt is excellently preserved. This gorgeous city fortress of the 17th to 19th centuries is a popular attraction for tourists and locals.

9. Erfurt Cathedral Square

The large market square formed a main market and court square in earlier times. Even today, markets are held here regularly, for example the Erfurt Christmas Market.

10. Fish Market at the Town Hall

The fish market with its magnificent Renaissance buildings acts as Erfurt's historical center. From here, numerous other sights of the city are within easy walking distance.

If you want to visit as many sights as possible, join the Erfurt Tour and ride the historic streetcar through the city's alleys. It covers all the important sights of Erfurt's recent and older history. The advantage of this city exploration is the independence from weather conditions, because even in rainy weather you can admire the features of the city dry feet.

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Written by:

Stefanie Aust, Guest Writer

Stefanie loves to put complex topics from the real estate world into understandable and inspiring words. Whether it's about the right financing, choosing the right type of flat, or a successful property search: Stefanie is happy to inform you.

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