The Best Things to See and Do in Erfurt, Germany

Erfurt Cathedral
Erfurt Cathedral | © lapping / Pixabay
Anwesha Ray

Erfurt, the capital and biggest city of the German state of Thuringia, is often skipped by tourists. However, those who take the time to delve into its historic, charming heart are rarely disappointed. This 1,200-year-old city is best known as the location where Martin Luther, one of the most inspiring figures in Christian history, became a monk in 1505. The skyline of Erfurt is punctuated with beautiful architecture and the city offers a wealth of natural, historical and cultural attractions to fill several busy vacation days. Let’s take a look at the best that Erfurt has to offer.

1. Augustinian Monastery


Augustinian Monastery
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Augustinian Monastery has immense historical importance, as it was here that Martin Luther became a monk in 1505 and lived for several years. This 13th-century monastery offers guided tours to the public, including stops at Martin Luther’s room, and an exhibition and several monuments dedicated to the visionary. Visitors also get to see a beautiful chapel and murals.

2. Erfurt Synagogue


The Erfurt Synagogue was built in 1100, which makes it the oldest construction of its kind in all of Europe. Behind its ancient walls is housed a priceless treasure trove of 3,000 silver coins, over 700 gold pieces and 14 ingots from the 13th and 14th centuries. The Erfurt Treasure, as it is called, was discovered in 1998 in the Jewish district of the city. It is believed to have been hidden during the Black Death, a devastating epidemic that ravaged Europe between 1347 and 1351.

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