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Sightseeing in Erfurt - what to see. Complete travel guide

Many people compare Erfurt with beautiful and unique Prague. Probably, this comes from the same fabulous unpredictability that this city is famous for. It is hard to imagine what you will see as you make a step. Narrow medieval streets of the city with buildings that almost connect above your head, large number of churches, quaint and very harmonious interweaving of eras – you will find here all these and even more. The time itself flows here thoughtfully and calmly as the Gera River that crosses the city.
The history of Erfurt extends back over 1,500 years. The central area of the city is the most valuable treasure. A lot of historical buildings have survived there until today, including … Open
Visiting Erfurt for just few hours is simply the equivalent to refusal to visit this place. You should make a slow and a calm walk in order to understand this city better. An attempt to see more simply by running through its streets is meaningless. Every house, every wall, the decoration of each door or window will require your attention. Here everything is unique.
Among the attractions of the city we should definitely mention a museum with an oak tree growing in his heart. In order to inspect the exhibition you will need to walk on the spiral staircase that is built around the tree. The steps of the Cathedral Mountain are often used as a stage, and the city itself is an amazing backdrop for performances. The Bridge of Shopkeepers is also unique and famous for its half-timbered houses. This bridge built in the XIV century is longer than all other famous bridges - the streets of Europe. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Main tourist activities are walking along colorful city streets and sightseeing of historical landmarks. There are also several shopping places in Erfurt. Krämerbrücke houses lots of … Open
The oldest religious construction in the city is the Church of St. Mary located in the heart of the historical center. This luxurious Gothic temple was recognized as one of the most beautiful churches in the country. It was founded in the 8th century upon the order of Charles the Great. One of the main symbols of the temple is a huge old bell installed on its tower. It is the biggest medieval bell in the world.
Erfurt Fischmarkt Another impressive Gothic monument is the Church of St. Sever. It was built in the 12th century and is located near the cathedral church. Both religious monuments are often considered as a single complex. The church served as a monastery. After hundreds of years, its strict building with a tiled roof has remained almost unchangeable.
1.You can easily go from Erfurt to nearby towns. High-speed train will get you to Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden and Dusseldorf in just 2 or 3 hours. Train tickets cost about 45 euros. 2. … Open
The special historical city is the old citadel of Petersberg. It was built in the baroque style and has been perfectly preserved throughout the centuries. Among the monuments of European defense architecture preserved in Europe, the citadel holds one of the leading positions. At one time, the Benedictine monastery was located here. Today, you can take an excursion around the entire territory of the citadel.
In Erfurt, there is the oldest synagogue in Europe that was founded at the beginning of the 12th century. The historical building of the synagogue is one of the few in the city that has been preserved almost in its original form. Nowadays, the building serves as a museum dedicated to Jewish culture. Absolutely everyone can visit it.
Erfurt is the real boon for fans of German food. There are countless restaurants and small stands offering famous German sausages, Bratwurst. It's not widely known that world's famous … Open
On one of the main city squares, there is the City Hall built in the 19th century. The building was constructed in the neo-Gothic style but its interior is a combination of different styles. On particular days, you can take an excursion around the building and admire its old frescoes and antique decorating elements.
Near the Cathedral Square, there is the Museum of Natural History opened in 1922. The museum collection has been replenished for almost a hundred years. It includes over 350 000 insect specimens. The museum has left most of its unique values in the period of the Second World War. It has been occupying the present building since 1955.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Erfurt
♥   Shopping area ' Anger' Erfurt, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Erfurt
♥   Castle 'Schloss Belvedere' , 22.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burg Blankenburg' , 39.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rudelsburg' , 50 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Schloss Elisabethenburg' , 62.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Mansfeld Castle' , 75.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Erfurt
♥   National Park 'Hainich' , 43.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Harz' , 96.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Erfurt and around
♥   Art museum 'Angermuseum' Erfurt, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Erfurt from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Rhein in Flammen

From the series “Most Enchanting and Vibrant Festivals”
The Bengal Lights’ Night is a very symbolic event which is accompanied by a flotilla of the decorated and illuminated riverboats. It usually starts in Linz and goes to the town of Bonn. Everyone can reserve a place on one of the boats and enjoy a romantic cruise. Each ship offers its guests a unique entertainment program. Traditionally, the festival begins in early May and ends only in September and gradually turns into a series of no less interesting and unique traditional wine festivals. … Read further

Gozec Circle

From the series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
This fact tells us that such complexes were used as a local sun observatory. The Gozec circle with the similar constructions was built approximately at the time of Neolith. More than that, there were found several interesting concurrent artefacts. Near the ditches were found places of fires and parts of human’s and animal’s bones. One of the latest findings was a headless human skeleton. Thereby that this place was connected with bloody oblations. … Read further
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