Erfurt is the capital city of the federal state of Turingia in Germany. It is placed almost at the geographical center of the country and it is known as one of the German cities that survived best the bombing raids during world war two. The town has a beautiful and always crowded market place where you can buy craftmanship, typical food, grocery, and a lot more. There you can find the dominant building of this city, the cathedral or Dom. If you want to visit the interior of the church, ask first for the opening schedule.


Erfurt is a city that should not be missed on a tour of Germany. Travelers focusing their time on the more touristy sights of Bavaria, will be rewarded by heading east after landing in Frankfurt before they head south. Erfurt is a truly German city with a large area in the center of town where only foot traffic is allowed (the Fussgaengerzone). The city is how it has been for many years and is not trying to put on a show for tourist money. Walking through this area, travelers are rewarded with strolls down narrow cobblestone streets with small shops, bakeries, and street vendors.


The architecture of this town evokes its medieval origins. Almost all monuments and old constructions are well preserved. There is a bridge with houses built on it, that its worth to visit. The city is full of small romantic streets with hidden stores and small restaurants.

The state of Thuringen is famous for their bratwurst. Don’t miss the chance to get a Thueringerbratwurst from a street vendor. Sit down on the bridge by the water mill and enjoy a foot-long wurst with spicy brown mustard in a small, but delicious roll (Broetschen). It’s about as much happiness as $3 can buy.

Erfurt is symbolized by the two churches, the Mariendom and the Severikirche, which stand directly side by side and together form the emblem of the city. Both churches tower above the townscape and are accessible via huge open stairs.

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