Your rendezvous in the heart of GermanyVisitors looking up the stairs to the ensemble of the "Mariendom" (St Mary's Cathedral) and the "Severikirche" (St Severus Church) can not believe their eyes - the enormous monuments rise from the "Domplatz" (Cathedral Square) like mountains and are the spectacular start for your tour of Erfurt.
At approximately the
same time as the more than 500 year old cathedral bell "Glorosia" was cast, a man that was meant to
change the world arrived in Erfurt: Martin Luther. Martin Luther
studied "liberal arts" at the University of Erfurt, then lived as
a monk in the Augustinerkloster (Augustinian Monastery), was ordained in the cathedral and preached in the Kaufmanns-, Michaeli- and Barfüßerkirche (Merchant's-, Michaeli- and Blackfriar's Chruch).Memories
such as the Lutherzelle (Luther Cell) and
the Lutherdenkmal (Luther Monument) remind
usof the life and works of the great reformer.
Beyond that, the
medieval Jewish history comes to life in Erfurt: the Erfurter
Synagoge (Erfurt Synagogue) dates back to the 11th
century and is the oldest from basement to roof preserved synagogue
in Central Europe. The Erfurter Synagoge as well as the Erfurter Schatz (Erfurt Treasure) were
rediscovered in the nineties. The Erfurter Schatz consists of a hoard of coins,
gold and silver jewelry and of a rare Jewish wedding ring that goes
back to the 14th century. After several exhibitions in New York,
London and Paris, the treasure is now on permanent display in Erfurt.
Almost 1300 years of
heritage make Erfurt a picture book example of German history. Erfurt
has one of Germany's best preserved medieval Old Tow with
wealthy patrician houses, charming half-timbered houses and numerous
churches which gave the city the nickname of "Thuringian
Rome". One of the historic highlights
is the unique Krämerbrücke (Merchants'
Bridge), the longest European bridge covered with inhabitable
buildings. All around this exceptional bridge beats the heart of a
modern regional capital. Have a stroll through small shops and large
department stores and enjoy the charming cafés and cozy restaurants
Erfurt has to offer.
Our advice for
your rendezvous of the senses in Erfurt:
Follow the traces of the great reformer Martin Luther and let the evening fade away with delicious Thüringer Klöße (Thuringian dumplings) or traditional Thüringer Rostbratwurst (Thuringian bratwurst).