Famous individuals

Erfurt is the largest city in Thuringia and was first mentioned by St. Boniface in 742. It has a rich tradition as a university city with a magnificent cathedral and important connections with Martin Luther.

As Thuringia’s economic, intellectual, cultural and political centre, Erfurt has always attracted great individuals, especially those who influenced the spirit of their age: Martin Luther, the mathematician Adam Ries, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Johann Sebastian Bach, Tsar Alexander I and Napoleon Bonaparte.