Dating to the late 12th century, the old university church boasts a magnificent organ (1652), made by local master Ludwig Compenius, and was a key gathering place for 16th-century Protestants, and (centuries later) local dissidents in the final days of the GDR. The organ is fired up for 25-minute recitals every Wednesday at noon, and for frequent special performances.

Throughout summer, from the end of May, Friday classical concerts take place beneath the linden trees in the romantic courtyard of Michaeliskirche.

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Nearby Erfurt attractions

1. Alte Synagoge

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This is one of Europe's oldest Jewish houses of worship, dating in part to the 11th century. Following the 'Black Death' pogrom of 1349 it was used as an…

2. Kunsthalle Erfurt


Erfurt's most experimental art space offers a rigorously curated program of exhibitions, incorporating graphic art, audiovisual art and installations.

3. Krämerbrücke

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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…

4. Augustinerkloster

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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…

5. Stadtmuseum

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Behind the magnificent chequerboard facade of the late-Renaissance Haus am Stockfisch ('House of Stockfish', or dried cod) lies a fascinating exploration…

6. Erfurter Dom

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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…

7. Severikirche

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The late-13th-century Severikirche – which together with the adjacent cathedral forms Efrurt's iconic architectural ensemble on Domberg (Cathedral Hill) –…

8. Museum für Thüringer Volkskunde

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This folklore museum is one of the largest of its kind in Germany, with an interesting collection focused on the applied arts, with household objects,…