Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #2 in Erfurt, Germany


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 30 sights
Distance 6 km
Ascend 82 m
Descend 83 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: Christuskirche (SELK)

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ is a church in the Brühlervorstadt district of Erfurt. It serves as a place of worship for the Erfurt congregation of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) and belongs to the church district of Saxony-Thuringia.

Wikipedia: Christuskirche (Erfurt) (DE), Website

610 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 2: Sankt Martini

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324 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 3: Brühler Garten

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The Brühler Garten is a small park in the old town of Erfurt. It is located in Brühl in the southwestern city center.

Wikipedia: Brühler Garten (DE)

232 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 4: Roßbrücke

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The Roßbrücke is a road bridge in the city centre of Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, and is one of the oldest preserved natural stone bridges in the city. It is located on Herrmannsplatz, spans the Walkstrom, a tributary of the Gera, and serves the development traffic of the western city centre.

Wikipedia: Roßbrücke (Erfurt) (DE)

100 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Brunnenkirche

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Brunnenkirche TomKidd / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Roman Catholic fountain church is located in the old town of the Thuringian state capital Erfurt. It is used by the Erfurt Augustinian Convent and belongs to the Erfurt Deanery of the Diocese of Erfurt.

Wikipedia: Brunnenkirche (Erfurt) (DE)

242 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 6: Sankt Crucis

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Sankt Crucis Photo: Andreas Praefcke / CC BY 3.0

The Neuwerkskirche at the edge of the historical part of the city of Erfurt in Thuringia, Germany, is a Roman Catholic church building dating from the 15th century. Today, it is a branch church of the Catholic parish of St Lawrence's Church.

Wikipedia: Neuwerkskirche (EN)

360 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 7: Hirschgarten

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The Hirschgarten is a partly park-like green space in the old town of Erfurt. It was the first public green space in the city. Today it is a "park duo" consisting of the historic Hirschgarten from the 18th century and a part to the west of it, which was designed on demolition site in the years 2007 to 2009.

Wikipedia: Hirschgarten (Erfurt) (DE)

47 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 8: Westliches Wachhaus

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Westliches Wachhaus TomKidd / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Electoral Mainz Lieutenancy is a baroque, three-storey four-winged complex around an inner courtyard from the 16th to 18th centuries. It is located on the corner of Regierungsstrasse and Meister-Eckehart-Strasse in the centre of Erfurt.

Wikipedia: Kurmainzische Statthalterei (DE)

63 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 9: Haus Vaterland

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The House of Fatherland in Erfurt, the state capital of Thuringia, is located at government road 72. The European Information Center and service spaces of the Thuringian State Chancellery are housed in the Haus Vaterland, the former Weimar Resthems in Erfurt. The building is a protected monument.

Wikipedia: Haus Vaterland (Erfurt) (DE)

307 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 10: 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 11: 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)

134 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 12: 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

236 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 13: 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 14: 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)

460 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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)

77 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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 24: 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)

323 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 25: 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

347 meters / 4 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)

273 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 29: 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

275 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 30: 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)


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