Erfurt Travel Guide

  • Erfurt
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  • Erfurt
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  • Erfurt
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Erfurt Highlights

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     A wonderful old town 

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     Graffiti 

  • In a nutshell
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     Erfurt is calm, but a very very beautiful! 

Erfurt Things to Do

  • Kaufmannskirche

    Kaufmannskirche (Merchant's Church) is a Protestant churchin the Anger which was set up by a group of travelling Frisian traders in the 11th century. It has two notable claims to fame and those are that Martin Luther preached here in 1522 and almost 150 years later the parents of Johann Sebastian Bach exchanged their marriage vows. It is the only...

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  • Dom: The Cathedral

    A lot has already been written about Erfurt's cathedral so I am reluctant to repeat it all again. Anyway, an Erfurt page would be incomplete without a word about the Dom. The silhouette of the two churches on Domberg is Erfurt's landmark, and a visit to the Dom should not be missed.Its history began in the 8th century when St Bonifatius founded the...

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  • Anger:19th Cent and Art Nouveau Shop...

    The buildings around Anger, which has for long been the main shopping area in the city, show several examples of early shop architecture from the late 19th century and art nouveau era. In most cases only the facades are preserved while there are modern shops behind them. Large shop windows were a new element.Large department stores were a new...

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  • Haus zum Güldenen Krönbacken

    Another of those untranslatable house names! Haus zum Güldenen Krönbacken adjacent to St Michaelis church was the house of a wealthy merchant family who extended the house in seevral steps. Like many families in Erfurt, they became rich with woad trade. The woad storage in the backyard still tells of their business. I first saw the building...

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  • The Triangular Portal of the Cathedral

    The main entrance of the cathedral is the triangular portal by the upper end of the great stairway. Instead of just a normal portal cut flat into the facade, its porch has a triangular shape with two equally large doors, both ornated by elaborate gothic sculpture. As an example, I am showing the figures from the parable of the wise and foolish...

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  • Domberg and Domplatz

    Erfurt's most unique cityscape is Domberg, the hill with the cathedral and St Severi and the big stairway between the two churches, and the wide square below. Access to the two churches is best reached from the top of the stairs. Both have their main entrances towards the little square in the middle between them. If ever your physical shape...

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Erfurt Restaurants

  • Delicious Cream Cake

    If there is one thing I enjoy it’s a hot drink and cream cake in the afternoon. This is also a tradition in Germany with ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’, so as I was walking around Erfurt I found this restaurant, with plenty of cream cakes on sale. Having a sweet tooth I had to try a cream cake and I was not disappointed. It was delicious and tasted as good as...

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  • In the new opera house

    This beautiful restaurant is in the new opera house, in the front right-hand corner of the building. The name 1894 is in honor of the fact that the original Erfurt opera house, now the Old Opera, was first opened in that year.I won't tell you who I had a glass of Prosecco with in this restaurant after the latest operetta, because that would be...

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  • Facing the main railroad station

    It says Willy B. over the door, and this is the same building where Willy Brandt stayed during his brief but historic state visit in 1970, but the official name of the restaurant seems to be "täglich . . . aber nicht alltäglich". This is a play on words in German. It means roughly "daily . . . but not commonplace".The restaurant is just across the...

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  • Big beer and hot chocolate

    On the cathedral square there are many little restaurants and pubs. We chose this one because it looked very local and we enjoyed a big beer (0.4 cl € 2.70) and a large hot chocolate (€ 2) with a cake called Bienenstich with whipped cream (€ 2.50).The place was busy with locals, mostly of the pension age so I suppose that is a recommendation.

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  • Zur Pfauen

    Zur Pfauen = The Pheasant?Restaurant of the hotel we were stopping in, great beergarden on a warm evening and excellent food. Beer from the in house mcrobrewery went down very well too.Just the sort of place the Bonios enjoy, recommended.Now closed

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  • Erfurter Brauhaus

    Hausbrauerei in the centre of town, must try these places!Food and beer very good, small outdoor area on a warm evening, looks good inside though.Both Mr & Mrs Bonio had a salad - very warm day!recommended place to visit.Now closed.

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Erfurt Nightlife

  • 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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  • Irish Pub in Germany?

    The bar was closed at 0900 (that's a.m. for some of you). Can someone tell me why there is an Irish pub in Germany with so many great German beers available! Go to the super market, you'll get more for your Euros.

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  • Special Theater

    Official describe:"Theater Waidspeicher is a repertory theatre with 4 - 5 productions for adults and about 10 productions for children and teenagers. There are 5 - 7 new productions as well as 50 - 60 guest performances in Germany, Europe and overseas every season. Over 30,000 visitors visit our theatre on the Domplatz in Erfurt every year to see...

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Erfurt Transportation

  • Hauptbahnhof - Central Station

    Erfurt is located at the meeting point of two major ICE lines (Frankfurt-Leipzig-Dresden and Munich-Nürnberg-Leipzig-Berlin), so it is easy to reach from about anywhere in the country. In addition to the main loute, local railway lines lead to surrounding Thuringia in many directions. The central station is located on the Southern edge of the old...

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  • Cycling in Erfurt

    Photos:1. Hesitating at the entrance to the tunnel2. Cycling at the main station3. Another cyclist at the stationErfurt has made some good progress with its cycling infrastructure in recent years, but has also messed up in a couple of places, particularly at the main station.They went to great expense to widen the tunnel under the railroad tracks...

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  • Strassenbahn

    Easy to get around by taking the Strassenbahn (street cars). If you plan to use public transportation, get the City Ticket which allows you to travel on Street cars, Busses, Metros (U-Bahn). Erfurter Verkehrsbetriebe AGAm Urbicher Kreuz 2099099 Erfurt

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Erfurt Shopping

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  • Local food specialities, mostly organic

    Tischlein deck Dich (The Wishing Table) is named after the fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. The shop sells all kinds of food specialities, all local/regional produce from small enterprises that use traditional techniques. Many of the products are organic. You can taste the products. They also have household items and small gifts. If you want...

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  • Shopping on the Merchant's Bridge

    There are so many interesting little shops on the bridge that it would be impossible for me to single one out. You can buy gifts, souvenirs, craft, art, jewellery and so it goes on. What a fabulous place to browse and to window shop if you are not looking to buy and when you get tired there are a number of wonderful eateries to choose from. Not a...

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  • Anger 1

    When you first see the Anger 1 building which is very clearly marked and naturally, stands in a prominent position on the Anger Square, your first thought will probably be the same as mine. That this is an historical building which has been converted to a shopping mall.If this is the case, then I wish I could find out something of the history of...

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Erfurt Local Customs

  • barrel organ player

    In Erfurt in the old town you can meet in the street a barrel organ player. I find this very romantic.

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  • Thueringer Rostbratwurst

    The speciality from Thuringen is the sousage. It taste very good. The people in Thuringen they like to grill.

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  • the Christmas Market

    Weihnachtsmarkt ( the Christmas Market). In Erfurt this is on the Main Square. Every year 4 weeks before the Christmas, in the Advent time you can spend here your time. The citiziens of Erfurt and many tourists too buy here the christmas souvenirs, drink hot wine, eat many sweets and meet friends and family.

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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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Erfurt What to Pack

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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

  • Kleine Synagoge

    The Kleine Synagoge contains artifacts and pictures of the history of the Jews in this city. The Synagoge was built in 1840 in the Classic style. I don't know why the Synagoge is painted yellow. Perhaps because during WWII the identification of a Jewish person was the yellow star worn on the sleeve?Let the world never forget what happened here lest...

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  • Monument of Unknown Deserter

    On Petersberg you will see one modern monument, too. It is very interesting by art. How the artist Thomas Nikolai created and how way he seen that theme of an unknown deserter in World War. Unusually, but fascinating. The one which is not in the row...It made alot of discussions what means to be "not in the row" whilst thousands of other soldiers...

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  • Buchenwald

    A concentration camp, just 30min away from Erfurt. As far as I know all school classes in Leipzig have to visit this former concentration camp at least once. So be prepared to see a lot of bored teenager here. The exhibition is located in the former storage house. Inseide you see evidence of the Nazi crimes and life in the camp. The exhibition...

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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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  • House Names

    Most old houses have names. Medieval cities did not have addresses the way we have them now, with street name and house number. Somehow the houses had to be identified. Many facades bear inscriptions or stone reliefs with the name and a symbol. In a city that size – around 1400 Erfurt had about 24,000 inhabitants, which is a huge city in medieval...

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  • „Erfordia turrita“ – Steeples Everywhere

    Medieval pictures of old Erfurt show a skyline that consists of nothing but steeples and tower houses, it looked a lot like the pictures we know of Italian cities. In those times it was (nick-)named "Erfordia turrita", Erfurd rich in towers. Medieval Erfurt was the most influential city, wealthiest trade centre and seat of the Bishop. Almost in...

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