Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #1 in Erfurt, Germany


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 30 sights
Distance 5.3 km
Ascend 83 m
Descend 100 m

Experience Erfurt in Germany in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Individual Sights in Erfurt

Sight 1: Zitadelle Petersberg

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Petersberg Citadel in Erfurt, central Germany, is one of the largest and best-preserved town fortresses in Europe. The citadel was built on Petersberg hill, in the north-western part of the old town centre from 1665, when Erfurt was governed by the Electorate of Mainz. It is surrounded by over two kilometres of stone walls and is 36 hectares in size.

Wikipedia: Petersberg Citadel (EN)

516 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 2: Denkmal für den unbekannten Wehrmachtsdeserteur

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The monument to the unknown Wehrmacht deserter and to the victims of Nazi military justice in front of the Philipp Bastion of the Petersberg Citadel was inaugurated on 1 September 1995.

Wikipedia: Deserteurdenkmal (Erfurt) (DE)

348 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 3: Bonifatiuskapelle

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St Severus' Church in the city of Erfurt in Thuringia, Germany, is a Roman Catholic church building. It stands on the Domberg directly next to St Mary's Cathedral. As a unique architectural ensemble, both churches together form the city's landmark. Due to its unusual form, which seems to anticipate the late Gothic hall church, St Severus' Church is one of the most important Gothic buildings in Germany. The bones of the church patron Severus of Ravenna rest in an artistically very significant sarcophagus.

Wikipedia: St Severus' Church, Erfurt (EN)

147 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: Minerva

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The Minerva Fountain is a fountain on the cathedral square in Erfurt, Germany.

Wikipedia: Minervabrunnen (Erfurt) (DE)

113 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Erthal-Obelisk

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Erthal-Obelisk TomKidd / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Erthal Obelisk is an 18-metre-high obelisk on the cathedral square in Erfurt. It was erected around 1777 on the occasion of the first visit of the Archbishop of Mainz and Erfurt city lord Friedrich Karl Joseph von Erthal, making it one of the oldest monuments in Erfurt. The construction costs were 1120 thalers, of which the citizens raised 858 in a collection. The work of a master builder who has not survived is made of Wandersleben sandstone and has a square base made of granite with a laurel-wreathed effigy, name, coat of arms and initials, orders and decorations. In earlier times, a dedication in the stone explained that the "loyal subjects of the local city to the best father of the country" had built this monument "in eternal memory".

Wikipedia: Erthal-Obelisk (DE)

144 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: DenkNadel

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A memorial pin is used in Erfurt to commemorate Jews from Erfurt who were deported and murdered during the Nazi era, similar to Gunter Demnig's stumbling stones. The Denknadel project was developed by the Erfurt Commemoration 1933–1945 working group and, after a competition in 2007, decided in favour of Sophie Hollmann's design. Since then, nine Denknadel have been installed in the Erfurt city area.

Wikipedia: Denknadel (DE), Website

71 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 7: Theater Waidspeicher

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The Waidspeicher Theatre is a professional puppet theatre in Erfurt.

Wikipedia: Theater Waidspeicher (Puppentheater) (DE), Website

42 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 8: Kabarett Die Arche

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The Thuringian satirical theatre and cabaret Die Arche e.V. was founded in Erfurt in 1979. The venue is the Erfurt Theater Waidspeicher, a former warehouse for dyer's woad.

Wikipedia: Die Arche (Kabarett) (DE), Website

325 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 9: Predigerkirche

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The Predigerkirche is a Lutheran church in Erfurt, central Germany. It is a monastic church to the Dominican friary, Predigerkloster, adjacent to the church. The name of the Preachers' Church derives from the designation of the Dominicans as "Preacher Brothers". The Predigerkirche was originally built by the Dominican Order in the 13th century, when the mystic Meister Eckhart was prior here. The original building was modified in 1340–50, and the bell tower was built between 1447 and 1488. The church became Protestant after the Reformation. Around 1806, the Predigerkirche was used as a prisoner-of-war camp, which led to damage to the interior and the equipment. Repairs were made around 1826.

Wikipedia: Predigerkirche, Erfurt (EN), Website

215 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 10: Maria-Magdalenen-Kapelle

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The Magdalenen Chapel is a small profaned church building in Erfurt's old town. It belongs to the cathedral community and was originally a cemetery chapel. Today it is used as a columbarium.

Wikipedia: Magdalenenkapelle (Erfurt) (DE)

183 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: Allerheiligenkirche

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All Saints' Church in the city of Erfurt in Thuringia, Germany, is a small Roman Catholic church building dating from the 12th to 14th century. The Gothic hall church is located at the fork of Allerheiligenstraße and Marktstraße in the historical centre of Erfurt. It has an irregular floor plan and, at 53 metres, the highest church tower in the old part of the city. Since 2007, it has been the first Roman Catholic church in central Germany to house a columbarium.

Wikipedia: All Saints' Church, Erfurt (EN)

209 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: Collegium Maius

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The Collegium Maius was the main building of the Old University in Erfurt, which existed from 1392 to 1816. A new building built in the old style from 1998 onwards is located in Michaelisstraße in the centre of Erfurt's old town, in the so-called "Latin Quarter", after the destruction of the old building in 1945. The old building housed the rectorate, lecture halls and the large ballroom of the university. In 2011, the regional church office of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, which was created by merger in 2009, moved into the new Collegium Maius.

Wikipedia: Collegium Maius (Erfurt) (DE)

29 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 13: Michaeliskirche

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St Michael's Church in the historical centre of the city of Erfurt in Thuringia, Germany, is a Gothic church building. It belongs to the Evangelische Stadtmission Erfurt and is the university church of the University of Erfurt.

Wikipedia: St Michael's Church, Erfurt (EN)

49 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 14: Färberwaid

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Isatis tinctoria, also called woad, dyer's-weed, or glastum, is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae with a documented history of use as a blue dye and medicinal plant. Its genus name, Isatis, derives from the ancient Greek word for the plant, ἰσάτις. It is occasionally known as Asp of Jerusalem. Woad is also the name of a blue dye produced from the leaves of the plant. Woad is native to the steppe and desert zones of the Caucasus, Central Asia to Eastern Siberia and Western Asia but is now also found in South-Eastern and Central Europe and western North America.

Wikipedia: Isatis tinctoria (EN)

158 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 15: Krämerbrücke

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The Krämerbrücke is a medieval arch bridge in the city of Erfurt, in Thuringia, central Germany, which is lined with half-timbered shops and houses on both sides of a cobblestone street. It is one of the few remaining bridges in the world that have inhabited buildings. It has been continuously inhabited for over 500 years, longer than any other bridge in Europe. The stone, pedestrian bridge, which dates from 1325, is one of the oldest secular structures in Erfurt. It spans the Breitstrom, a branch of Gera River, and connects two town squares – Benediktsplatz and Wenigemarkt.

Wikipedia: Krämerbrücke (EN)

102 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 16: Ägidienkirche

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St Giles' Church in the historical centre of the city of Erfurt in Thuringia, Germany, forms the eastern entrance from Wenigemarkt to the Krämerbrücke with its archway. The single-nave Gothic church building is one of the former two bridgehead churches. At the western end stood the Benediktikirche since the 11th century, which was demolished in 1890 and is now only remembered by the name of Benediktsplatz.

Wikipedia: St Giles' Church, Erfurt (EN)

150 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 17: Kaisersaal

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Kaisersaal Photo: Andreas Praefcke / CC BY 3.0

The Kaisersaal is a traditional cultural and congress centre in the old town of Erfurt. The Erfurt Princes' Congress of Emperors Napoleon I and Tsar Alexander I took place here in 1808 and the Erfurt party congress of the SPD in 1891. On April 12, 1946, Communists and Social Democrats passed the "Resolution on the Unification of the KPD and SPD to form the Socialist Unity Party of Germany SED" at a joint meeting at the local level in the Kaisersaal. The Kaisersaal is located in a listed ensemble at Futterstraße 15/16.

Wikipedia: Kaisersaal (Erfurt) (DE), Website

167 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 18: Schottenkirche

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Schottenkirche Kolossos / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Schottenkirche in the historical part of the city of Erfurt in Thuringia, Germany, is a Roman Catholic church building dating back to the 12th century. The Romanesque basilica belonged to a former Celtic monastery of St James. Today, it is a subsidiary church of the Catholic parish of St Lawrence's Church.

Wikipedia: Schottenkirche, Erfurt (EN)

273 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 19: Mikwe

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The Erfurt Mikveh is a Jewish ritual bath of medieval origin in the old town of Erfurt an der Gera in the area of the Krämerbrücke. It belongs to the Erfurt Network for Jewish Life.

Wikipedia: Mikwe (Erfurt) (DE), Heritage Website

138 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 20: Kleine Synagoge

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Kleine Synagoge TomKidd / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Small Synagogue is a former synagogue in Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany. It is located in the old town directly on the Gera behind the town hall and has been used as a cultural centre since 1993.

Wikipedia: Kleine Synagoge (Erfurt) (DE)

149 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 21: Rathaus Erfurt

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Rathaus Erfurt

The Erfurt town hall is located at the fish market in Erfurt. The main building was built in the 1870s in a neo-Gothic style.

Wikipedia: Rathaus (Erfurt) (DE)

102 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 22: Zum breiten Herd

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The Haus zum Breiten Herd is a Renaissance town house on the northern edge of the fish market in the old town of Erfurt. It is one of the most magnificent and well-known Renaissance buildings in the city.

Wikipedia: Haus zum Breiten Herd (DE)

74 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 23: Kunsthalle Erfurt

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Kunsthalle Erfurt

The Kunsthalle Erfurt is located in Erfurt's old town, at the fish market in the Haus zum Roten Ochsen. This is also the headquarters of the Erfurter Kunstverein.

Wikipedia: Kunsthalle Erfurt (DE)

59 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 24: Römer

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The Roman is a statue in the form of a Roman warrior on the fish market in Erfurt, directly opposite the Erfurt town hall. The statue is of a Roman warrior armed from head to toe with the insignia of the Roman Republic, holding the city flag of Erfurt in his right hand.

Wikipedia: Römer (Erfurt) (DE)

162 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 25: Neue Mühle

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The Neue Mühle is a technical museum on the Schlösserbrücke in Erfurt, Thuringia. It is located on a tributary of the small river Gera, which operates the mill's hydroelectric power plant. It contains a grain mill with an undershot Zuppinger water wheel and is the last functioning mill of 60 in the city. It has borne its name as the "New Mill" since its reconstruction after the fire of 1735. Particularly interesting is the preserved material flow over all floors by means of a belt bucket elevator. In addition to a milling process, historic roller mills, several plansifters and a mill brake elevator can be seen.

Wikipedia: Neue Mühle (Erfurt) (DE)

275 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 26: Sankt Lorenz

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304 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 27: Lutherdenkmal

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The Luther Monument is a monument in honour of the reformer Martin Luther in front of the Kaufmannskirche St. Gregor on the Anger in the centre of the city of Erfurt in Thuringia.

Wikipedia: Lutherdenkmal (Erfurt) (DE)

74 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 28: Kaufmannskirche - Sankt Gregorii

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The Kaufmannskirche is a church building in the historical centre of the city of Erfurt in Thuringia, Germany. It is located at the north end of Erfurt's Anger square and has been Lutheran since 1521.

Wikipedia: Kaufmannskirche (EN)

375 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 29: Stadtmuseum

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The Haus zum Stockfisch is an important Renaissance town house at Johannesstraße 169 in the old town of Erfurt. It was acquired by the city at the beginning of the 20th century and has been used as a museum ever since, and since 1974 it has been the seat of the city museum.

Wikipedia: Haus zum Stockfisch (DE)

303 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 30: Großes Hospital

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The Great Hospital was the hospital of the medieval city of Erfurt. It is located in the eastern extension of the old town between the inner and outer Krämpfertor on today's Juri-Gagarin-Ring.

Wikipedia: Großes Hospital (DE)


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