The "church of the discalced friars" is situated near the bridge that crosses the river Gera on Schlösserstraße. Most of the church was destroyed in 1944. The long continuous saddle-backed roof of this former Franciscan friary had been a prominent feature of the city for centuries. Even in its present condition, the church is one of the finest examples of German religious architecture belonging to the 14th and 15th centuries. After the Reformation (Luther preached here in 1529), the monastery was discontinued. After the extensive reconstruction, which was completed in 1982, the choir was used as an external exhibition space for the Angermuseum and is now open to visitors. Besides housing Erfurt’s oldest surviving stained-glass windows and two altars, there is the gravestone of a figure in German history called Cinna von Vargula (who died in 1371).
The museum for Thuringian Ethnology has been installed in one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. The house was originally built as a men’s hospital in 1547, but it has been a museum since 1882.
The city museum of Erfurt is located in one of the most representative late Renaissance houses. The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the history of one of the oldest cities in Thuringia. The Museum reopened in June 1994 after a period of extensive reconstruction and redesigning.
Erfurt’s last water mill to be still in use is located on the banks of the river Gera near the town-hall. Besides the water-driven grinding mill, there are also exhibition rooms displaying historical machines. The museum also contains an illustrated history of Erfurt’s water mills in particular and of the history of hydraulic power in general. The new mill is just one example of the countless mills that used to line the shores of the Gera over the centuries. Up until 1982 the mill was still in use for its original function to grind grain into flour or animal feed. The new mill was converted into a museum in 1992.
Of course there is much more to see and to experience in Erfurt, but this will have to suffice for the time being.
Come to Erfurt, stroll through the city, experience, smell and taste the city for yourself. How can you reach us? It’s simple - by plane, by car or by train! If you would like to get to know more about Thuringia’s capital city or any of our services for tourists, we suggest you make a visit to the homepage of the Tourismus GmbH Erfurt.
Well ... until we meet again in Erfurt.
Goodbye for now!