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Erfurt Cathedral

St. Mary's in Erfurt – a little bit closer to heaven after climbing the 70 steps to the cathedral

The locals call it the most spectacular skyline in the world. The view of Cathedral Hill in Erfurt is definitely unique and impressive, with its two churches – St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus Church, also known as the cathedral's "little sister".

East, west, south or north: no matter where you look, the two churches on Cathedral Hill can always be seen towering over the rooftops of the Thuringian capital city of Erfurt. From the outside, the two buildings – one a former collegiate church and the other a convent – convey a sense of harmony. Yet when it comes to their interiors, they have been competing for centuries.

The best example of this is the baptismal font. As St. Severus had one with a baldachin, St. Mary's needed one, too. The cathedral received its stone baldachin during the Renaissance period, and of course it was magnificent, as it should be in a cathedral that likes its monumental architecture. By contrast, the two oldest features in Erfurt Cathedral, the Wolfram candelabra and the stucco altar of the Enthroned Madonna, seem rather plain. These are not the cathedral's only treasures – there are more in the treasury, part of which can be seen on guided tours. A total of 13 Gothic windows and more than 1,000 mosaics: environmental impacts are the main concern when it comes to the old stained-glass windows, which include a late Gothic tableau – the largest of this kind in Germany. This poses a major challenge for the specialists in the cathedral's glass workshop. The world's largest free-swinging bell is also a wonder to behold. The "Gloriosa" (English: glorious) is more than 1,500 years old. It rings out only a few times a year, and has moved some of Erfurt's residents to tears on occasion.

Erfurt Cathedral

Opening hours: May to October: Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 6pm; Sundays and bank holidays, 1pm to 6pm; November to April: Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 5pm; Sundays and bank holidays, 1pm to 5pm

Entry: free

Nearest train station: Erfurt

Public tours of the cathedral held every day at 2pm (for a fee, not available at the weekends during Advent); tours of the bell also available; Cathedral Hill is accessible, hearing loops in the pews at the front, texts available in braille


The cathedral steps between the magnificent church ensemble of St. Mary and St. Severus become one of the most beautiful festival stages in the world every year.

2019: Der Name der Rose

Premiere: Freitag, 09. August 2019 

Further showings: 10. August 2019 - 01. September 2019 

The plot tells of the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville, who on a tricky mission reaches a remote Italian abbey where mysterious deaths occur. In his investigations he finds out about a great secret that the librarian of the monastery tries to hide by all means.

Sledeći termni:

09.08.2019 - 01.09.2019

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99084 Erfurt
Fon: +49 (0) 361 22 33 155
Fax: +49 (0) 361 22 33 167


99084 Erfurt

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It's as simple as it is ingenious: Erfurt's Cathedral Hill, where St. Mary's Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus stand side by side, provides a dramatic backdrop all year round. 

And drama is what you can expect at the Cathedral Steps Theatre Festival. Every July since 1994, its organisers have staged either a musical or an opera and a play for children on this spot, using the architecture to brilliant effect. The result: an event that none of the hundreds of thousands of visitors each season are likely to forget in a hurry.

Sledeći termni:

09.08.2019 - 01.09.2019

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Domplatz 28
99084 Erfurt

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 Erfurt's Christmas Market is one of the loveliest in the whole of Germany and is the largest in Thuringia.

Erfurt’s medieval old town centred on Domplatz (Cathedral Square) is the perfect setting for the specially atmospheric time of Advent.
You will find traditionally crafts and Thuringian specialities and also an enormous Christmas tree decorated with candles, a crib scene and hand-carved, almost life-size figures. There are also plenty of showman-like traders.

A varied events programme is on offer especially on the Advent weekends.

Sledeći termni:

26.11.2019 - 22.12.2019

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Erfurter Innenstadt
99084 Erfurt


Kulturdirektion, Abt. Märkte und Stadtfeste
Benediktsplatz 1
99084 Erfurt
Fon: +49 361 655-1940
Fax: +49 361 655-1949

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