ABOUT ERFURT

Erfurt is a small city with about 200,000 inhabitants and lies in central Germany. It is also the capital of the state of Thuringia, which was part of the GDR until German reunification in 1990. Today, Erfurt is one of the most intact medieval cities in Germany, located on the Via Regia, a medieval trade and pilgrim’s route. Erfurt was first mentioned in 742 and in 1379 the University of Erfurt was founded as the first university within the boundaries of modern/day Germany. The university was closed in 1816 and reopened after German reunification in 1994. Erfurt was home to Martin Luther, who came to Erfurt as a student in 1501, medieval philosopher Meister Eckhart and the sociologist Max Weber.


Getting around

 

Tram

Erfurt has a very good tram system that connects the entire city. All of the tram lines go through Hauptbahnhof (which is also the end point of the bus lines) and Anger in the city center. 

The venues located at Erfurt University can be reached on tram line 3 ("Europaplatz" direction) and line 6 ("Rieth" direction). Get off at "Universität" Station. 

Find a map of the line network here.

Taxis

Taxis are also a transportation option, the most important taxi hubs are at Hauptbahnhof, Anger and Domplatz.


Where to EAT & Drink

Restaurants / Imbiss

  • Wirtshaus Christoffel (Local cuisine)
  • Fellini (Italian)
  • Augustiner an der Krämerbrücke (Bavarian)
  • Pavarotti (Italian)
  • Hofbräu am Dom (Bavarian)
  • La Gondola (Italian)
  • Übersee Cafe, Restaurant & Bar
  • Faustfood (BBQ Restaurant)
  • EAT Erfurt (Soul Food Restaurant)
  • Goldhelm Schokoladen Manufaktur (Chocolate and ice cream)

Bars

  • Double B
  • Altstadtkneipe Noah
  • Steinhaus
  • Molly Malone Irish Pub
  • Speicher (Smokers' bar)
  • Hemingway
  • Dubliner Irish Pub

What To See


  • Dom St. Marien, Domplatz
  • Krämerbrücke (Merchants Bridge)
  • Fischmarkt (Fish Market)
  • Anger (originially the German term for „village green“)
  • Petersberg Citadel (well-preserved fortress)
  • Alte Synagoge (Old Synagoge)
  • Erinnerungsort Topf & Söhne (memorial site; company produced crematoria during WWII for concentration and extermination camps of the Nazis)
  • Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte Andreasstraße (former prison of the GDR State Security Service)
  • Architecture from Gründerzeit and Bauhaus