Erfurt Travel Guide

  • Erfurt
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  • Erfurt
    by Kathrin_E
  • Erfurt
    by Kathrin_E

Erfurt Things to Do

  • Erfurt's new opera house

    The new opera house seats 800 people in the main hall, and there is also a "studio stage" for smaller productions, which seats 200. The seating area goes up quite steeply from one row to the next, so you can see and hear very well from just about any seat in the house. Actually I haven't tried any of the really cheap seats up on the balcony yet,...

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  • Schloss Molsdorf

    For a change I wanted to get a break from the city and explore a bit of the countryside around Erfurt. I read in my brochure that came with the Erfurt Card, that Schloss Molsdorf is included (also the bus ride - #51 from main railways station), so I decided to visit this place. It was a pleasant bus ride, first through some 19th century residential...

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  • Old Synagogue

    The Old Synagogue, since 2009 a museum, is the oldest, from cellar to roof preserved Synagogue in central Europe (sorry, Prague!) The building goes back to the 11th century. The jewish community once had an outstanding position in Europe, the exhibit tells about it. In 1349 they were blamed for the black death in Erfurt, though, and almost totally...

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  • Laasphe chapel/Michaelis churchyard

    Michaelis churchyard is one of the most beautiful examples of late Gothic architecture in Erfut. Access is through Michaelis church, side door on the southern wall. Along the walls are 24 epitaphs from the 17th through 19th centuries, mostly from the floor of Michaelis church. Two of those epitaphs have a Star of David, evidence of the very early...

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  • Michaeliskirche

    This ev.-Lutheran church was built 1183-1200, the side nave is an addition from 1451, when it became University church. The altar (an epitaph for a town councillor) is from 1633. In the centre is the Last Supper depicted, above the crucifixion, both scenes enclosed by the four evangelists. The predella is an inscription, a quote from the bible...

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  • Museum of Thuringian Folklore

    At the far eastern end of the old town, at the busy four-lane road Juri-Gagarin-Straße, is an old building, the former Grand Hospital, built after 1537. Since 1955 it is home of the Thuringian Folklore Museum. It is one of the largest museums of its kind in Germany. You can see permanent and temporary exhibits, but they also have events from time...

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Erfurt Restaurants

  • Klosterstube

    This is a good place for a short break during sightseeing, to digest what you just learned about Martin Luther etc. on the guided tour of Augustine monastery. Furbished in modern style, bright and rather basic, this is a popular place among tourists as well as overnight guests of the monastery. The cafe is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays if I recall...

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  • Cafe Rommel

    If you're looking for a traditional cafe with old-world charm, then this is the place. Cafe Rommel is the oldest Viennese style cafe in Erfurt, looking back at a history of more than 100 years. The decor is somewhat between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, mostly in the 1920s style. Located in the northeastern part of the old town. Closed on Mondays. I...

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  • Goldhelm chocolaterie/cafe

    The family run Goldhelm chocolaterie next to the Merchants' bridge has a pastry shop and cafe where you can try their products and they also have a shop right on the bridge (see shopping tip.) I was in need of caffeine and sugar :-) so I went to their cafe. I found a free table with nice view of the bridge and enjoyed the mild and sunny summer...

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  • Mundlandung

    This deli right on Merchants' bridge also has a couple of tables outdoor where they serve breakfast and snacks. One night I walked by, searching for a place to have supper, and saw one free table. It looked inviting, so I grabbed the table. I ordered their salami/cheese plate, a glass of red wine and mineral water and was blown away - to die for!...

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  • Restaurant Zumnorde

    This slightly upscale restaurant (which belongs to the four star hotel of the same name) offers business lunch specials from Monday to Friday 11 - 14 h. Since I was in the area (near Anger square), I took the opportunity and had lunch there one of the days. I had a table in their beautiful courtyard. Service was excellent. From the three choices I...

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  • Zur Börse

    Another evening I had dinner with an English friend at Wenigemarkt square, but in a different restaurant - Zur Börse. It was chilly and so we picked a table inside. Rustic, cosy ambience. The food here is more hearty, not as modern-light as in Zum Wenigemarkt 13 - regional Thuringian food, like home-cooked. I had a "special plate Erfurt", which...

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Erfurt Nightlife

  • Engelsburg

    Centrally located in the old town, in a typical small cobbled alley, is the Engelsburg, a complex of some medieval townhouses. It is home of a student society of the same name that organises all sorts of cultural events, concerts, movie nights, readings, but also runs the restaurant and bar/pub with beergarden in the Steinhaus building there. I...

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  • Domstufen Festival

    I happened to be in Erfurt during Domstufen Festival, which takes place every year in late July. For this even the Domplatz square is turned into an open air theatre, the stage at the foot of the cathedral hill, so the audience has a great view of the lit up cathedral and St. Severi church.That year they performed "I Lombardi", an opera by Guiseppe...

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  • The New Opera House

    Erfurt's opera house is a very new one: The building was completed only in 2003. The new opera house was designed by the architects Friedrich & Partner from Düsseldorf. The architecture, especially the foyer, is fantastic and impressive. From the outside it may seem just a glass box. You have to be inside to appreciate it. I highly recommend...

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Erfurt Transportation

  • Walking

    Frankly, walking is the best way to explore the old town. Most of the old town is pedestrianised anyway. Bring comfortable shoes, though, as many alleys are paved with cobblestones. It's fun to just wander around, peek inside a courtyard here, have a look at a shop window there, turn a corner and see ... another church! LOLJust don't underestimate...

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  • Cycling

    I was surprised I didn't see more cyclers in Erfurt. The city centre is flat, many streets are pedestrianised but open for cyclers, the bigger roads have separate cycling lanes. Maybe the city centre and in particular the old town are too compact, easy to reach by tram and bus or walkable. No idea. Maybe it's the cobblestones on many old town...

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  • Bus

    Buses run to areas to which trams do not run. These are mostly residential areas, e.g. some of those built in the communist era. Hardly a tourist ever goes there. I took the bus #51 from main railway station to Schloss Molsdorf, however, which was still in zone 10 (Erfurt) of VMT network. It was a pleasant ride through the countryside after we had...

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Erfurt Shopping

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  • Glassblower Jan-Henry Reiter

    There is a small town in Thuringia that is famous for its glassblowing manufactures - Lauscha. I didn't know there's a glassblower workshop in Erfurt, too. I walked by the shop enroute from the cathedral to the town hall, it's almost at the corner of Domplatz square. You can actually watch him doing his work. He creates modern, traditional, simple...

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  • Goldhelm Chocolaterie

    As mentioned in the respective Restaurant Tip, there is a family run chocolaterie in Erfurt - Goldhelm. It is just a few steps north from Merchants' Bridge, you can go there and watch them creating the pralines, truffes, chocolates ... and of course you can buy them. They also have a shop right on Merchants' Bridge, close to the tower on the...

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  • Mixed feelings

    Hugendubel is a chain of large bookshops, more like book supermarkets, in numerous German cities. At all their locations they have a huge selection of books on several floors, with pleasant reading corners where you can sit down on a couch and read for a while without even buying anything. And there is usually a café where you can sit and read as...

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Erfurt Local Customs

  • Letterboxes

    Letterboxes are typically yellow and in uniform, simple design in Germany. It happens that you see a historical letterbox somewhere in different colour and shape, but I was amazed that I happened to see three or four of those more elaborate, blue letterboxes in Erfurt. This picture was taken at the town hall, I saw another one at the main post...

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  • Bernd das Brot

    This odd looking figure (pic 1) next to the town hall is "Bernd das Brot" (Bernd the bread). It is a puppet character, and cult figure of the German children's television channel KI.KA. This channel is based in Erfurt, the logo greets the visitor at the main railway station (pic 2). The short-armed character was created in 2000 and finally gained...

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  • Air measurement

    Right next to the Gagarin monument is an air measurement station of the Thuringian State authority for Environment and Geology. Nothing special, as these measurements are obligatory in Germany. However, I found it very "Germanic" that they do the air measurement right on a VERY busy four-lane street in the heart of the city. We Germans are very...

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Erfurt Warnings and Dangers

  • Do get off the train

    Maybe you're wondering why I say to get off the train. Well, I almost didn't. My train was approaching Erfurt, you could see we were entering the station area, when the train stopped. I was waiting by the door and looked out of the window to see which side the platform was. I didn't see any platform on my side and the people waiting with me didn't...

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  • Drunken young people, shattered glass

    I was surprised how many young people I saw walking around in the early afternoon with a bottle of beer in their hands. They weren't aggressive, just sitting on benches and drinking, or walking around and drinking. By the time it was dark, most of them were drunk of course.When we were walking back from the citadell around 9 pm, we passed at least...

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    Climate in Erfurt

    by Leipzig Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Miscellaneous:
    Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 7 – 18°C ( 46 - 64°F ); min: 0 - 7°C ( 32 - 45°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 23°C ( 70 - 74°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 18°C ( 43 - 64°F); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 – 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 3°C ( 34 - 38°F); min: -3 - 0°C ( 27 - 32°F )

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Erfurt Off The Beaten Path

  • Haus der Stiftungen

    When walking over Krämerbrücke/Merchants' bridge you will most likely want to have a look inside one of the old houses. Sure, you can enter a shop or a restaurant, but you cannot see the interior of a house where people actually live. However, one of the houses on the bridge is open to the public - it is called "house of the foundations". The name...

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  • Dacheröden house

    In the western part of Anger square, southern side, is Dacheröden house. It is the only preserved Renaissance house at Anger square. It was named after an owner in the 19th century - von Dacheröden, a friend of governor Karl Theodor von Dalberg. (Side note: His daughter married Wilhelm von Humboldt.) The house often saw parties and get-togethers of...

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  • Engelsburg

    Right in the old town is this complex of medieval houses, among them one of the oldest preserved in Germany. (They actually claim the "Steinhaus" is *the* oldest house built of stone in Germany, first mentioned in 1125 as "Elendsburg" - maybe a hospital. No idea if this is true, and it doesn't matter to me.) In 1514 the property is bought by Dr....

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  • Erfurt Card

    I am usually reluctant when it comes to "cards" for tourists. For example, the in my city the "Dresden Card" is not really a good deal - expensive and only pays off if you spend morning to evening in museums, and many of them. Unlike in Erfurt - I found the Erfurt Card to be a good deal.The cost was 12.90 Euro for 48 hours, and in 2015 it is still...

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  • Tourist Information

    There are actually two kinds of Tourist Information offices in Erfurt: One is the Information Centre for the State Thuringia, located vis-a-vis from the main railway station. This is where I went right upon arrival, but if you want specific info, tickets etc. for Erfurt this is not the ideal place. They have lots of brochures and a wealth of...

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  • Doors and Portals

    If you like collecting photos of details, look at the doors of the old houses. Renaissance, baroque, neoclassical, historism... there are many pretty examples from past centuries. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready - they are everywhere.

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