Erfurt is the capital of Thuringia Land, a state in central Germany. It is located in the Thuringian Basin, on the Gera River, 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Berlin. Erfurt is a very popular city to visit as it has retained the feel of a medieval market town. This city offers many historic houses, bridges, winding cobblestone alleys, and church spires reaching toward the sky. Many of the buildings have decorative and colourful Renaissance or baroque facades.
Erfurt, Germany’s economy is served by the road and railway junction. It is an important commercial centre offering many choices for office space. The industries in the area include metal working and the manufacturing of electrical products. Erfurt is also an important centre of high technology within eastern Germany. It is the headquarters of the Born Feinkost, the mustard served with the Thuringian Bratwurst. Another company in the area is Deutsche Werke, which produces fire arms.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Krämerbrücke is Europe’s longest bridge built with houses and it is possible to take a walking tour of this area. The bridge was originally made from wood before it was rebuilt in stone in 1325 and adorned with churches at each end. The only church building remaining is the deconsecrated Aegideuskirche, which is now part of the Sorat Hotel. Alboth’s Restaurant is situated in a stately building at the heart of the city. The decor is reminiscent of the 18th century, featuring plush upholstery and tones of cream, champagne, and gold. The menu offers a selection of German dishes, artfully prepared.
Erfurt is located within 3 miles (5 km) of Erfurt-Weimar Airport (IATA: ERF, ICAO: EDDE). Most major car rental agencies have offices at the airport and there’s also a Park & Ride on Europaplatz (B4), 6km north of town. Northwest Erfurt has direct IC train links to Berlin-Hauptbahnhof and ICE connections with Dresden, and Frankfurt-am-Main. There are also direct services to Meiningen and Mühlhausen. Trains to Weimar and Eisenach run several times within an hour. Erfurt is just north of the A4, and is crossed by the B4 (Hamburg to Bamberg) and the B7 (Kassel to Gera). The A71 autobahn runs south to Ilmenau.