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Top Choice Cathedral in Erfurt

Erfurter Dom

Erfurt's cathedral, where Martin Luther was ordained a priest, grew over the centuries from a simple 8th-century chapel into the stately Gothic pile of today. Standouts in its treasure-filled interior include the st…
Top Choice Fortress in Erfurt

Zitadelle Petersberg

Situated on the Petersberg hill northwest of Domplatz, this 36-hectare citadel ranks among Europe’s largest and best-preserved baroque fortresses. While most interior buildings are closed to the public (and daubed w…
Top Choice German in Erfurt

Zum Wenigemarkt 13

This upbeat restaurant in a delightful spot (an 18th-century house on the small marketplace at the eastern end of the Krämerbrücke) serves traditional and updated takes on Thuringian cuisine, starring regionally hun…
Top Choice Japanese in Erfurt

Ginkgo

Behind an unassuming storefront down a side street off Domplatz, you'll find this purveyor of authentic Japanese sushi, run by the engaging Mr and Mrs Saburi. Their story is a fascinating one: be sure to enquire if …
Church in Erfurt

Augustinerkloster

It’s Luther lore galore at the monastery where the reformer lived from 1505 to 1511, where he was ordained as a monk and where he read his first Mass. You’re free to roam the grounds, visit the church with its ether…
Bridge in Erfurt

Krämerbrücke

Flanked by photogenic half-timbered houses on both sides, this charming 1325 stone bridge is the only one north of the Alps that's still inhabited. To this day people live above little shops with attractive displays…
Barbecue in Erfurt

Faustfood

Despite its casual, student-y vibe, this rambunctious grill house is a great place for traditional Thuringian grills (Rostbrätel and bratwurst), plus more international meaty treats such as spare ribs, steak and che…
Wine Bar in Erfurt

Weinatelier Rue

This classy, art-bedizened wine shop and bar offers a fantastic introduction to local drops, including some hard-to-get bottles from the nearby Saale-Unstrut region. As many as 50 wines by the glass (and from around…
German in Erfurt

Zum Goldenen Schwan

This authentic inn serves all the usual Thuringian classics, but if you’re up to mounting your own Man vs Food challenge, try something called Braumeisterpfanne (beef, chicken and pork steaks with bacon, sausage, sp…
Club in Erfurt

Engelsburg

Good times are pretty much guaranteed at this student-focused 'Kulturzentrum' (cultural centre), whether you hunker down for beer and chat in the Steinhaus pub (also an eating option), dance to local DJs and touring…