Erfurt, the state capital of the Free State of Thuringia, and at the same time the largest city in the state, is one of the three upper centers of Thuringia besides Gera and Jena. Originally mentioned for the first time by Boniface in 742, the former settlement of Erfurt developed into an economic and university location. The commercial image of Erfurt is characterized by administrative and service-oriented business, as well as mechanical engineering and microtechnology.
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More than 210,000 people live in the 53 districts of Erfurt. This figure is, however, boosted by the large and constantly growing numbers of tourists and business travelers visiting the Thuringian metropolis annually. Quickly in busy times the hotel contingents tend to 0. Particularly popular are the old town tours, which are mostly around Martin Luther's work, the annual carnival and many other tourist events, which make the well-developed hotel structure of the city large-scale. Nearly 100 hotels in and around Erfurt offer their services to the visitors of the city. From the small privately run guesthouse, to the 5 star chain hotel, every guest will find a place to stay according to his style. Best hotels can be found in Erfurt around the historic old town, as well as the media center with the seat of the well-known children's channel (KiKa).
If you visit Erfurt, you are immersed in the culture of the German Middle Ages. Particularly noteworthy landmark and popular camera motifs of the numerous tourists are St. Mary's Cathedral, a gothic church built in the 7th century, as well as the Old Synagogue - the oldest synagogue in Europe. One of the landmarks of the city of Erfurt and a special highlight is the Krämer Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe, built and inhabited by houses. The Krämerbrücke is the most interesting profane building in Erfurt, it was first built of wood and 1325 of stone. Originally, the 120-meter-long Krämerbrücke was built with 62 narrow houses, which were later combined into 32 houses. Of the two former Brückenkopf churches at the two ends of the bridge still exists the eastern Aegidienkirche (imposing tower view, Tues-Sun 11-17 clock). On the Krämerbrücke there are galleries and shops, Thuringian blue prints, hand-painted ceramics, Lauscha glass, jewelery, wood carvings and, among other things, Unstrut wines, which invite you to linger and discover the history. A visit to this building is a must - lake of every Erfurt visit!