Erfurt is the capital of Thuringia and one of the most popular city break destinations in the region. You can discover numerous sights in Erfurt during a stroll through the beautiful old town.
A city trip to Erfurt is almost like a short journey through history. Luther was ordained a priest in Erfurt Cathedral, beautiful medieval houses stand on Krämerbrücke, you can see valuable exhibits of Jewish history in the old synagogue, wander through mysterious corridors under the baroque Petersberg citadel and look for the characters of the KiKa children’s programme throughout the city.
Sights in Erfurt
I was out and about in Erfurt for almost three days. I explored wonderful and fascinating places in the state capital of Thuringia. I highly recommend a city tour. Here are some places in Erfurt that I would like to highlight.
I admit I am a chocolate lover. I believe there are hardly any chocolate flavours that I don’t like. Add marzipan or nougat into the mix and I will have a hard time saying no. This leaves no doubt whatsoever that going to confectionary café Viba in Erfurt was exactly the right activity for both…
The egapark, a big park with gardens and an amusement park, is located in the south-west of Erfurt. It takes about 12 minutes on the tram to get here from the Old Town. On a sunny Tuesday morning, I headed over there to explore the area.
Picture this: You walk through a town, not expecting anything unusual. But then suddenly you see him – your favourite cartoon character from your childhood. The one that sent you to bed every night. The one that, in my days, existed twice: One for East Germany and one for West Germany. The Sandman. I am…
Travel information for Erfurt
Erfurt has its own airport. However, very few destinations are served and it is actually of little importance for air traffic. The nearest airport with scheduled flights is in Leipzig. You can also reach Frankfurt Airport very easily by train in 2.5 hours.
Erfurt has a main railway station, which is a transport hub for numerous ICE connections in Germany. In addition, regional connections to the region also depart from here. There are hardly any IC and EC trains stopping in Erfurt.
Long-distance bus companies travel to the city from almost all regions of Germany.
The A 4 and A 71 motorways pass the city.
Three long-distance cycle routes lead to or through Erfurt: D4 (Mittelland route), Gera cycle route, Thuringian city chain
The Ecumenical Pilgrimage Route now leads through Erfurt on the former Via Regia.
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By public transport
The city’s tram network is well developed and you can reach all important points in the city very easily. A total of 6 tram lines run through the city.
The city buses go to the regions that cannot be reached by tram.
An environmental zone has been set up in Erfurt. There is a ban on the import of all vehicles in pollutant groups 1, 2 and 3 in the signposted area.
The old town can be easily explored on foot, the distances are not too great.
Free Park & Ride car parks are available on the outskirts of the city, from where you can take the tram to the old town (Europaplatz, Grubenstraße, Ringelberg, Urbicher Kreuz, Hauptfriedhof).
In the city, you can easily find a parking space in a few signposted, pay-and-display car parks.