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Thuringia’s state capital captivates with its medieval city centre, one of the best-preserved in Germany.

Friday, May 31, 2019,
By Erfurt Tourismus & Marketing
Erfurt Tourismus & Marketing
Erfurt Tourismus & Marketing
Photograph by Erfurt Tourismus & Marketing

Thuringia’s state capital captivates with its medieval city centre, one of the best-preserved in Germany. It’s a charming blend of wealthy patrician townhouses and reconstructed half-timbered buildings, overlooked by the towering spires of St Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of St Severus. The Merchants’ Bridge is the only one of its kind in Europe — 410ft in length and incorporating 32 houses — making it the longest inhabited bridge in Europe. Lined with galleries, cafes and boutiques, it’s perfect for shopping. The Petersberg Citadel, an extensively preserved baroque city fortress, invites you to explore its underground passageways.

As the centre of Thuringia’s economic, intellectual, cultural and political life, Erfurt has always attracted great individuals, especially ones who significantly influenced the spirit of their age: Martin Luther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich von Schiller, Johann Sebastian Bach and Napoleon Bonaparte. Buildings related to these figures, such as the Augustinian Monastery and the Imperial Hall, have been refurbished and now give visitors a realistic image of the past.

The Old Synagogue is the oldest fully intact synagogue in Central Europe, with parts dating from the 11th century. It’s been intensively examined and restored in recent years and now hosts a museum that provides an insight into the life of the first Jewish community in Erfurt.

The best way to discover the city is on a guided tour either by foot, tram or bus. For groups, Erfurt Tourist Office can organise guided tours in the footsteps of famous personalities as well as food and garden tours.

Regular events like the open-air Cathedral Steps Festival with opera and musical performances, the Merchants’ Bridge Festival and the traditional Christmas Market are another reason to visit.

About a two-hour train ride from Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich, Erfurt is one of the most attractive destinations for both business and leisure. Traditional restaurants, cafes and beer gardens serve up Thüringer Bratwurst and beer, as well as dumplings and delicious pastries. Good road and rail access, ample accommodation and local hospitality make Erfurt the ideal getaway.


The Erfurt Treasure, coins and jewellery thought to have been hidden by Jews in 1349 at the time of the Black Death



• St Mary’s Cathedral and St Severus Church
• Merchants’ Bridge
• Old Synagogue with Erfurt Treasure
• Augustinian Monastery
• Petersberg Citadel
• egapark horticultural exhibition


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