Erfurt is "in the ideal location, there just has to be a city there."
This is how Martin Luther, the great Reformer, once described the city where he himself studied, and which is now the capital of Thuringia. Located at the crossroads of two ancient trading routes, the Via Regia and the Nuremberg Geleitstrasse, Erfurt expanded during the Middle Ages to become a powerful centre of trade and learning. With a modern-day population of over 200,000, Erfurt remains the largest city in Thuringia and accessible to all, thanks to its location near the geographical centre of Germany. High-speed InterCityExpress train services, the Erfurt-Weimar airport and excellent connections to the autobahn network bring the rest of Germany and Europe within easy travelling distance. As the region's main urban centre, Erfurt is also a popular place to live and visit, and a favourite shopping destination.
A "picture book of German history"
This is how the German writer Arnold Zweig once described Erfurt's charming old quarter, which has preserved much of its original medieval structure.Locals and visitors alike find themselves captivated by this jumble of atmospheric alleys and squares, brimming with charm, ambiance and a unique mediterranean character: a perfect place to while away the hours.
There is a lot to discover in Erfurt. Why not meet up with us in the heart of Germany and experience the many delights of this hospitable city for yourself?
Erfurt at a Glance
As Thuringia’s economic, intellectual, cultural and political centre, Erfurt has always attracted great individuals.
Discover the city's many cultural and architectural treasures and succumb to the charms of Erfurt's romantic old quarter.
With so much on offer, an evening's entertainment in Erfurt can be whatever you want it to be.
During market days and festivals, Erfurt's old quarter fairly buzzes with cheer and good humour - and there are plenty of occasions to see this for yourself.
Shopping in the traffic-free heart of Erfurt is a particular delight and all in all Erfurt is Thuringia's first choice for shopping.
Besides visiting scenes of history and world culture, visitors to Erfurt can also enjoy the city's renowned hospitality and hearty fare.
Erfurt and surroundings offer a wide choice of ways to relax, unwind and take things easy.
In Erfurt you will find various parks and green spaces dotted all over the metropolitan area.
Many visitors come to Erfurt to find out more about its horticultural history, as the city's connections with this industry go back a very long way.
Erfurt's location "in the centre of the centre", as Luther once described it, makes it the perfect base for excursions into the delightful surroundings.