Erfurt – a city of diversity and historical flair
You have not yet discovered the lovely state capital of Thuringia? Or perhaps you have, and want to come back again?
Erfurt offers many attractions to guests and residents alike. Already centuries ago its geographically advantageous location and its fertile soil helped Erfurt become a thriving trade city. It „lies in the best place, a city must be located there“ as its most prominent student, Martin Luther, described the university city. Travelers are attracted to the historical center. The large number of cultural sites, museums, restaurants and hotels are like magnets that attract even more visitors. Picturesque views and authentic venues are inviting. Let yourself be enchanted by almost 1,300 years of history.
Whether you choose the classical route or one of the themed tours depends on your own individual interests. We would be happy to help you make your choice.
Tour through the old town to the most visited bridge
On this walk through the historical part of the city you experience Erfurt’s special flair. Let yourself be welcomed by the impressive silhouette of the cathedral hill. Walk through old alleyways past former market places and patricians’ houses until you arrive at the most visited bridge in all of Erfurt: the Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ Bridge). Your path will be flanked by interesting stories and history about an almost 1,300-year-old city and the interesting people who lived here.
Duration: 2 – 2,5 hours
Price: 80 – 100 €
Tour of Erfurt following in Luther’s footsteps
About 500 years ago, the young Martin Luther came to the university city for the first time. It was to become a dramatic stay. Follow in his footsteps and visit the sites where he spent time as a student and then as a monk. Your path takes you from the cathedral square through the Latin quarter to the Georgenburse (George Hostel) and the Augustinian Monastery, both of which you will visit.
Duration: 2 hours
Price: 90 € zzgl. plus entrance fee/ donation
Tour as in ELF 7, with an additional tour of the Kaufmannskirche
Duration: 2,5 hours
Price: 120 € zzgl. plus entrance fee/ donation
Tour of the Augustinian Monastery and the Georgenburse
This tour is especially suited to visitors who have less time and walking power but still want to become acquainted with both sides of the reformer: the student and the monk. The two places are fairly close together, so you can dip into the world as it was 500 years ago without unnecessary detours.
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: 60 € plus entrance fee
Tour including visits of the Collegium Maius and the Georgenburse
That is how Martin Luther, the most famous student of the Erfurt university described his Alma Mater. Using Luther as an example, you see a historical portrayal of student life in the 16th century at the “Burse” (student hostel). In addition, you experience the interesting combination of old and new architecture at the Collegium Maius, which is now used for the administration of the Protestant Church of Central Germany (EKM or Evangelische Kirche in Mitteldeutschland).
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: 65 € plus entrance fee
Reformation tours along the Luther path through Erfurt
As part of the so-called “Lutherweg”, the ecumenical Luther path connects altogether ten Luther sites and Reformation venues within Erfurt. If you would like to become acquainted with the historical city following in Luther’s footsteps, some of these places are must-sees and therefore part of the popular tours ELF 7, ELF 8, ELF 9 and ECM 10 (see individual descriptions). In addition, the remaining stops along the Luther path each have their own attractions, so we would be happy to advise you and help you put together your own special route.
Duration: 1, 5 – 2 hours
Price: 65 – 90 € plus entrance fee