The Erfurt Hauptbahnhof (Erfurt main station) is easily reachable by ICE high speed trains as well as regional trains from all over Germany.
The city is conveniently surrounded by the major motorways A4 to the south and A71 to the west and to the north. From A71, take K16 or K35 right into the city. From A4, take L3004 to K35 and follow this into the city.
The airport is located about 6 km west of Erfurt City Centre. Take the tram line 4 to Erfurt main station (Erfurt Hauptbahnhof).
Dating back 1,250 years, Erfurt is one of the most architecturally beautiful cities in Germany. Go on a city tour and experience the idyllic, well-preserved old town that makes Erfurt so special.
Erfurt is the capital city of Thuringia. Because of its numerous churches and monasteries, Erfurt was given the epithet 'Thuringian Rome' in the middle ages. As the old spiritual center of Thuringia, it is no surprise that Erfurt's centerpiece is the combination of two commanding churches – Mariendom and Severikirche. These churches form a stunning ensemble of German Gothic architecture right in the heart of the city. Don't miss the giant stained glass windows in Mariendom – they are truly impressive.
Just outside of these churches is Cathedral Square where you can find a bustling market and be engulfed by beautiful historical buildings and facades. One of the most idyllic bridges in Germany is also located here – the Krämerbrücke, or Merchant's Bridge. Dating back to 1325, this remains the only bridge of its kind that still houses actual residents north of the Alps! The 120 m-long bridge spans the Gera River and is built with 32 houses.
In Erfurt, some outstanding testimonies of Jewish culture of the middle ages have been preserved. The old synagogue is the oldest in Europe and today a museum.
The German theologian Martin Luther lived and studied in Erfurt.
Escape Address: Tourist-Information, Benediktsplatz 1, 99084, Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany
The Egapark Erfurt is a beautiful natural escape for both kids and adults. The 'Ega' is a huge horticultural park with amazing displays of flowers and plants. It is also home to Thuringia's first butterfly house and largest children's playground, both of which make this a big hit for children.
Sit down for a nice meal at 'Zum Güldenen Rade' where you can try Erfurt's best dumplings. The restaurant is set in a historic patrician town house that functioned as a tobacco factory over 200 years ago and is worth a visit.
The Erfurt Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany. The unique old town is the ideal backdrop for a pleasant festive season.
Visit the Thuringian Zoo Park Erfurt and see rhinos, lions, kangaroos, elephants or giraffes. It is the third-largest Zoo in Germany (63 hectares) and open all year round.