Germany: Pope Benedict XVI visits Erfurt, Thuringia

September 27, 2011 by  
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Germany: Pope Benedict XVI visits Erfurt, Thuringia – Pope Benedikt XVI. visited Thuringia, Germany on this past weekend and catered for both, positive and negative publicity, regarding the catholic church.

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Positive was for sure, that Benedikt XVI. had met with abuse-victims of the catholic church during his visit in Germany 2011 on Friday.

The meeting of the clergymen took place in the well-known seminar for priests in the city of Erfurt. The discussions took approximately 30 minutes, according to the general co-ordinator of the Pope visit 2011, Hans Langendörfer.

Pope in Germany: Meeting with abuse victims

Altogether, Pope Benedikt XVI. met five abuse victims, two female ones as well as three male ones.

Furthermore, the Pope talked to five people, who work as close attendants of the victims.

The Pope assured in an explanation spread afterwards, that he wants to to take care of those severe cases and to process the entitled requests of the victims.

Also, it was seen particularly positive that the meeting originally wasn`t scheduled in the official program 2011 of the Pope visit in Germany, but was taken into account at short notice.


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Picture Pope in Thuringia / Germany, Domplatz Erfurt (c) hani

Erfurt Christmas Market

Dezember 1, 2010 by  
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Erfurt Christmas Market – For those who want to visit one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany on their next city break, the Christmas market in Thuringias capital Erfurt is one of the most worthwhile options.

Christmas Market Erfurt

From now on until December 22nd, the „Green Heart of Germany“ awaits you right on time for the Christmas season with its true firework of impressions, since Erfurt scores next to his historical sights with a perfectly organized Christmas market on a spectacular, medieval setting.

Hold on the traditional cathedral square in Erfurt, you can find polyphonic Christmas acoustics, delicious mulled wine and a magical enchanted forest, all surmounted ny a 25 m tall, festively decorated Christmas tree and, nearly half as large, an original Christmas pyramid from the Erzgebirge.

And the hustle and bustle doesn`t only happen at the Cathedral Square, since once you get there, it seems like that the Christmas market in Erfurt enlarges over the whole inner city – such as the 200 festively decorated wooden houses which encourages to stop by on a walk from the Cathedral to the Anger.

Original Thuringian specialties like the Thuringian „Schittchen“ (delicious Christmas cake, the official season kick off was celebrated past Saturday) and the infamous Thuringian bratwurst will catch your addition: More recently, a special „Eco- Bakery“ invites adults and kids as well to make their own home baking cookies.

Erfurt Christmas Market opening times

Sun – Wed: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm

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Octoberfest Erfurt: German Beer Festival at the Cathedral Square

September 20, 2010 by  
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Octoberfest Erfurt: German Beer Festival at the Cathedral Square – The Oktoberfest in Munich may be the best known event called „Oktoberfest“ in Germany – but nevertheless, its counterpart in Thuringias capital Erfurt is a noteworthy event.

The festival at the Cathedral Square, by zug55

Scheduled for the period from 25 September to 10 October 2010, the Octoberfest Erfurt will take place at the imposing Cathedral Square, where performers, fast rides as well as the central point of the event, the huge marquee, are waiting for curious visitors.

On every day of the Octoberfest from 6 pm, various artists perform live music, which can be considered as the perfect complement to the numerous rides and game booths.

The start of Erfurt`s Octoberfest (Saturday, 25/09/2010) will be performed by a consortium consisting of the Lord Mayor of Erfurt, the festival host, the representative of the brewery as well as members of the festival committee.

And according to the tradition of past events, they will arrive on the fairground around 6 pm, sitting in lovely designed horse-drawn carriages, to open the Oktoberfest 2010 by tapping the first beer barrel sponsored by the Thuringian brewery „Braugold“.

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Events Thuringia: „Sun, Moon and Stars“ Festival in Saalburg!

Juli 27, 2010 by  
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Events Thuringia: „Sun, Moon and Stars“ Festival in Saalburg! – One of the biggest music festivals in Germany, the event „Sonne, Mond und Sterne“, opens its doors this year already for the 14th time in Thuringia, Saalburg.

Scheduled for the period from the 06th to the 08th of August 2010, visitors can expect an international line-up of electronic music led by DJ greats such as David Guetta, Richie Hawtin and Sven Väth, which is completed by popular hip-hop artists like the „Fantastischen 4“ or „Jan Delay & Disko“.

In adition, a proper accommodation is provided in the extensive grounds around the lake, since numerous campgrounds in the immediate vicinity of the festival are available – as well as hotels and guest houses in the region welcome its visitors with special room rates for the duration of the whole weekend.

Only the current ticket situation could be an issue for lastminute travellers, since all tickets are sold out at this time according to the officials – however, contingents are still available in some stores in Thuringia as well as through auctions on the Internet.

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Erfurt city trip: Merchant`s Bridge Festival

Juni 1, 2010 by  
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Erfurt city trip: Merchant`s Bridge Festival – With the annual „Krämerbrückenfest“ (Merchant`s Bridge Festival), the city of Erfurt celebrates a medieval festival of superlatives since 1975, which scores besides the stunnung atmosphere with lots of arts and crafts of bygone eras.

Known as the ideal opportunity to visit the capital of the „Green Heart of Germany“ Thuringia, interested visitors can expect picturesque streets, historic squares and imposing buildings in between Domplatz, Wenigemarkt and around the Merchants Bridge all located in the medieval Old Town.

The festival, which will take place from 06/18/2010 to 06/20/2010, comes up further with culturally sophisticated contributions and al lot of medieval theater, artists, jugglers and musicians.

As the highlight of the entire event, the famous medieval market offers traditional goods from original Thuringian craftsmen – all in a historic setting with specially designed tents, huts and inspiring costumes.

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Thuringia Heritage Days: Historical places with real gusto

August 31, 2009 by  
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Schloss Friedenstein – The kick off for this years Heritage Days, by insum

„Specialties from historic times“  is the motto of Thuringias Heritage Days this year.

Beeing renowned for its culinary and cultural delights, visitors can follow their senses in the former breweries and malt houses. Stroll through stately hunting lodges and their kitchens and dining rooms. Historic stone ovens will emit fresh bread smell, and traditional coffee shops and hotels will invite you to a stop.

Starting on 13 September 2009,  around 500 monuments will open their doors countrywide, including many that are  inaccessible on regular days. In addition, many festivals and music will entertain all visitors with traditional german and thuringian customs.  The Official season opener for this years Heritage Days will be on September 12th  at Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha.

Discover Christmas traditions in Thuringia – Part 2

November 28, 2008 by  
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2. Eisenach – Christmas market at the Wartburg

On the historical Christmas market at the Wartburg in Eisenach you can travel into the past. At the four advent weekends you will meet historical artisans such as candlemakers, soap boilers or masons. Further, herb women and traveling merchants offer medieval goods. The market – which has its presence at Luthers historical place of activity for the 8th consecutive year now – starts tomorrow, Sat, 29th November and stays until the 21st of December.

Shop-hours: Mon-Fri 10-19 Uhr, Sat 10-20 Uhr, Sun 11.30-20 Uhr.

Discover Christmas traditions in Thuringia – Part 1

November 21, 2008 by  
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In Advent, Thuringia tourists can discover Christmas traditions on numerous markets and festivals. To give you the perfect guide when and where to go at „the best time of the year“, we would like to present you our new sequence „Christmas travel in Thuringia“.

Weimar Christmas market - traditional festivals

Weimar Christmas market - traditional festivals

1. Weimar – reflection on Christian origins

The city of Weimar is well-known for its Classic history, with famous litaries such as Goethe or Schiller. So beeing a traditional destination, this year`s pre-Christmas period will reflect on the origins of Christmas festivities. The local market, the so called „Weimar Christmas“,  will open with a customary choir concert and provide the presence of the pastors of the Protestant, Catholic and Russian Orthodox church on November 24th.

The Oktoberfest in Thuringia – Beer and Tradition

Oktober 15, 2008 by  
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History

The Oktoberfest has its origins in the wedding between the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and the Princess Therese of Thuringia on October 12th in 1810. Since then, a big celebration took place every year in Munich – the festival you might associate with the term „Oktoberfest“. But after the German reunion, this historical fact let to an advancing awereness in Thuringia for having an own Oktoberfest at the tradition-rich green state!

The festival at the Cathedral Square, by zug55

The festival in the heart of Germany, by zug55

The Oktoberfest at the Cathedral Square, Erfurt

Especially the medieval-breathed city of Erfurt is predestinated to celebrate this important folk festival. According to the Munich pendant, the Oktoberfest in Thuringias capital kicked of in autumn, and this year from the 26.09. – 12.10. at the Cathedral Square.

Shows and entertainment reached from nostalgia to modern rides, but also a large marquee provided variety and fun for the whole family. It all started officially – like the years before – with the Bock beer tapping by the mayor – and from this point, the celebration had its centre of attraction right there.

Another real attraction was the world’s largest portable Ferris wheel „Bellevue“. The enclosed gondolas ride up to 56 meters in height. Further, a lot of spectacular carousel rides invited visitors – and among other things, for the first time a ghost train, where guests were shaked and tipped in their seats.

Many new visitors from all around the world

Finally, a couple of hundreds of thousands visitors attended the Erfurter Oktoberfest. Statistics from the hotel and lodging sector confirmed also a significant increase in foreign visitors to this popular event – a good sign for even more attractions and rackets in 2009!

The Highfield Festival 2008 – a review

August 26, 2008 by  
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Dust, sun, rain and a lot of good music

The Highfield Festival is regarded as the biggest rock festival in Germany’s east. Every year in August at the Hohenfelden Reservoir near Erfurt, national and international bands are welcomed, to serve the region three days a year with good rock music. In this years 11st edition, alongside the national stars such as Die Ärzte and The Beatsteaks even global greats like The Hives, The Killers or Bloc Party played on stage.

Highfield 2008 - The biggest festival in Germany`s east, by ni-c

Highfield 2008 - The biggest festival in Germany`s east, by ni-c

A special event surrounded  by beautiful nature

If you go to the Highfield, then there is one thing usually pretty sure: You will attend one of the most beautifully situated festivals in Germany. Because the festival site is surrounded by a forest landscape in the immediate vicinity of a large dam, on which you can see one or the other artist with pedal boats to ride on the water.

25.000 spectadors celebrated close to Erfurt

Further, the Highfield is probably one of the few festivals absolutely close to a large city, more precisely: Near the capital city of Erfurt, which is equally inviting to go shopping. But is it? City trip and festival atmosphere? Yes, it works! Operadors offered a bus shuttle service with the so-wonderful name „Highfield Express“, which run sufficient during the day and night between Erfurt and the festival to explore the well-known historic Old Town Erfurt and possibly even to celebrate with a sip of wine at the annual wine festival. In any case, it was a successful year for the biggest festival in eastern Germany – with an estimated attendance of 25.000 rock fans. Welcome back in 2009!

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