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Insider Tip

"Born" is a famous brand of mustard and an essential condiment for "Thüringer Bratwurst", the local Thuringian sausage. Visit the Born shop and museum at Wenigemarkt (No.11) and buy some to bring home!

The City

Nicknamed the “Rome of the North” for its breathtaking array of some 30 spires and steeples, Erfurt is – without a doubt – one of Germany's most beautiful cities. The heart of the city looks like something out of the movies, its famous Merchants' Bridge ("Krämerbrücke") exuding a quaint, cobblestoned charm that invites you to linger and wander through the various shops. In addition to its outward beauty, Erfurt also offers fascinating insight into its rich past and the development of the Reformation. The City Museum Erfurt, for example, welcomes guests to explore its permanent exhibition "Amazing years. Rebellion – Reformation – Revolution”, which focuses on the effects of the Reformation and its impact on our daily lives.
 

© Toma Babovic, Thuringia Tourist Board

Augustinian Monastery

The pivotal role this monastery played in Luther's life is now honored by an intriguing permanent exhibition: "Bible – Monastery – Luther". Come see original prayer cells, a historical library, and other authentic artifacts from Luther's time in Erfurt. Be sure to stop by the adjacent St. Augustine Church, which still mesmerizes guests today with its stylistic unity and gorgeous stained glass windows dating back to the 1300s.

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St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severi Church

Built in the 14th century, St. Mary’s Cathedral is where Martin Luther was ordained as a priest. Today, it’s famous for its medieval, free-swinging "Gloriosa" bell, the largest of its kind in the world. Located right next door at the top of the hill is St. Severi Church; together, these two architectural gems dominate the marvelous cityscape. Once a year, the steps between the two churches transform into a stage for the annual Cathedral Steps Festival.

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Collegium Maius

During his time as a student at Erfurt University, Luther is said to have lived in the Georgenburse in downtown Erfurt, which was basically a 15th century version of a dorm. Now an important center for discussion and education, pilgrims following Luther’s footsteps through LutherCountry can also spend the night here. It’s safe to assume that Luther also spent a lot of time at the Collegium Maius, the main building of the Old University. Carefully rebuilt after its destruction in 1945, this building now houses Central Germany’s Evangelical Church.

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Merchants’ Bridge and Town Hall

Arching across the Gera River and dating back to 1325, the Merchants’ Bridge is Europe's finest example of a medieval inhabited bridge and the only one if its kind north of the Alps. Its delicious Goldhelm "Merchants' Bridge Pralines" and other handcrafted items are sure to tempt guests into buying a little piece of Erfurt to bring home with them. Another unique architectural highlight is the neo-Gothic Town Hall; inside, guests can gaze on a series of murals depicting legends, local history, and scenes from Luther’s life.

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Old Synagogue

Predating the Merchants’ Bridge, the oldest parts of the Old Synagogue were built around 1100. Today, it’s home to a museum that tells the story of Erfurt's Jewish community and boasts a number of treasures that remained undiscovered until 1998, including 14 silver bars, thousands of silver coins, and 700 beautifully crafted items. The most impressive of these treasures is an intricate wedding ring that was made for a Jewish wedding in the 14th century.

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