Medieval beauty in the heart of Germany
Medieval and urban culture in central Germany
The regional capital of Thuringia is a medieval gem and thriving urban centre where history, culture and innovation create an appealing mix. Its central location in Germany makes Erfurt an attractive business location and with its modern exhibition centre and numerous conference venues, the city is a perfect destination for organisers of events and incentive travel.
Medieval town in the middle of Germany
Centrally located in the heart of Germany, Erfurt is more than 1,270 years old and features one of the best preserved medieval town centres anywhere in the country. Since the reunification, the Thuringian capital with a population of just over 200,000 has also grown as an economic hub.
Transport & Location
Transport and Location
Erfurt’s central location more or less in the middle of Germany and excellent transport links mean that many German and European cities are only a few hours away by road, rail or air. Erfurt-Weimar Airport just outside town connects the city to the international air traffic network and its train station in the city centre is part of German Rail’s ICE network of high-speed trains. As of 2017, it will be one of Germany’s most important ICE hubs with high-speed trains on the Berlin-Munich as well as Frankfurt-Dresden line stopping every hour. There’s also an extensive local and regional public transport network of trams and buses.
Erfurt MICE Infrastructure
Erfurt is not only a major tourist destination with its many cultural attractions and beautiful architecture but has also developed a reputation as a congress location with more than 4,000 guest beds. Venues are conveniently located and well served by public transport with trams stopping at Messe Erfurt, the city’s exhibition and conference centre. As one of the most modern venues in Europe for trade fairs, conferences and other events, it provides 46,670 square metres of exhibition space with two halls, an outdoor area, a multi-purpose hall and the CongressCenter. Around 200 events take place here each year, and Messe Erfurt has excellent sustainability credentials which include the use of green electricity and even beehives on the exhibition centre’s roof where five colonies of bees produce 125 kg of honey a year.
The city’s second large-scale venue is the sumptuous Kaisersaal (Imperial Hall) which ranks among Europe’s most beautiful and oldest event spaces and dates back to the 18th century. In the historic halls of the building, conventions, workshops or product presentations take on an altogether different air. Erfurt’s Protestant Augustinian Monastery is another special venue for events: Protestant Reformer Martin Luther was a monk here in the 16th century and the medieval structure now houses a conference and meetings centre. Modern conference hotels such as the Pullmann Erfurt am Dom and Radisson Blue add to the variety of options to choose from.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Erfurt’s old town, Germany’s largest conservation area, is not to be missed. There’s the stunning St Mary’s Cathedral with it high-Gothic choir and the “Gloriosa”, the world’s biggest medieval free-swinging bell, or the medieval Merchants’ Bridge, featuring the longest row of inhabited buildings on any bridge in Europe. The quirky little shops, galleries and cafés that line the bridge are perfect for browsing.
Last but not least, there’s nowhere better than Erfurt to follow in the traces of Martin Luther, with many sights such as the Augustinian Monastery and Church, the Old University or the Cathedral reminding of his life and work in the city. And don’t forget to sample the famous Thuringian grilled sausage and some of the locally brewed beer!
Erfurt: economic hub in the middle of Germany
Erfurt is an economic hub, with a strong presence of the machine and plant engineering sector as well as the media and creative industries. In recent years, Erfurt has particularly strengthened its profile as a centre for technology, with a focus on microtechnology, photovoltaics and sensor technology, and is also a prime location for logistics companies.