About Erfurt

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The capital and largest city of the state of Thuringia in Germany, Erfurt draws people with its well-preserved medieval architecture and storied history around the Reformation leader, Martin Luther.

Most of Erfurt’s key landmarks are concentrated in the old town area or ‘Altstadt’ – from churches and synagogues to squares and bridges. At its core you’ll find the main town square, Domplatz, overlooked by two triple-spired Gothic churches that form a majestic ensemble – the Cathedral of St Mary and the Church of St Severus. If you time your visit right, you’ll get to see the square come alive with seasonal events like Christmas markets or a summer festival. Another highlight is the Krämerbrücke (meaning ‘Merchants' Bridge’) – a 14th-century pedestrian bridge lined with half-timbered houses, handicrafts shops and cafés.

For a breath of fresh air in Erfurt, head to Egapark, where you’ll find floral sculptures, a Japanese rock garden and a playground. Another place bound to keep the little ones engaged for hours is the Thuringian Zoopark, home to over 100 species of animals, including kangaroos, elephants and lions.


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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.05
Language German
Average weekend price $105 per night
Average weekday price $107 per night
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Erfurt is a wonderful place for people who like historical...

May 18, 2022

Erfurt is a wonderful place for people who like historical cities. The old town is mostly for pedestrians. For longer distances you might use the tram. Many nice restaurants , ice parlors,( a must is the one on Krämer bridge), little shops. If you like glass items, there is a nice shop in Marktgasse. The owner is a glassblower and there is a chance to watch him producing glass items. The market in front of the Dom is always worth to be visited. In case you need a bouquet of flowers: on Saturday you get the most beautiful one on the Dom market - facing the Dom on the far left hand side. Don’t miss the „Erfurter Blau“ on the Krämer bridge. You can buy or order from little bags up to blouses or table cloths - all individually made.It is a very rare specialty which made Erfurt rich many centuries ago. If you like cosy little Cafés, try the „Kleiner Elefant“ in Fischersand 1 - delicious home made cakes. You can also make a trip to the Buga ( tram), a huge park- flower exhibition. If this is not enough, other historical cities like Weimar or Arnstadt you can reach in less than half an hour by train.

Helga Switzerland

- sehr viel zum angucken in der Innenstadt (a lot of...

April 16, 2022

- sehr viel zum angucken in der Innenstadt (a lot of sightseeing places inside the city) - KiKa Figuren suchen macht Spaß (it is fun to search the movie figures all over the city) - sehr viel Kultur und Restaurants (a lot of culture like theaters and restaurants)

SiMi1308 Germany

Pictoresque old town with a long historty and nice medieval...

November 21, 2021

Pictoresque old town with a long historty and nice medieval remainings, Very well restaurated after the DDR period. Good local food. Since it is discovered by a major stream of tourists some authentics are spoiled and rating is gone up with over 100% last ten years. Nevertheless a place worth to be visited frequently. Vast Xmas market is an absolute must to do.

ValvanDam Netherlands

Charming old town, wonderful people.

August 1, 2021

Charming old town, wonderful people. The city has a number of fine restaurants, cafes and pubs. Sites include many old churches and a famous Gothic cathedral,a s well as a charming old town. Great shopping!

Christian Germany

We went because the BUGA was on.

July 22, 2021

We went because the BUGA was on. The garden show was fabulous and the entrance ticket covered the cost of travel by public transport. Erfurt itself is a lovely town with an interesting and historical centre which is worth visiting at any time of year. Apparently the Christmas market is wonderful.

Linda Germany

The EGA park is the magnificent garden like park area for...

May 23, 2021

The EGA park is the magnificent garden like park area for all ages and family sizes. It has served for flower and garden shows in East Germany (Famous for the ones taking place in the 60s) and again hosts the "Bundesgartenschau" (federal horticultural show) in 2021. If you love gardening and flowers - a place you must see. Besides that, the city centre of Erfurt has many lovely small streets and the great Domplatz (place in fron of the main church), where you can stroll and enjoy shopping and tasty foods.

Round-da-World Germany

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