Discover Christmas traditions in Thuringia – Part 3

Dezember 14, 2008 by  
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3. Erfurt – The setting for Thuringias largest Christmas market

The state capital of Thuringia is festively decorated in Advent. Influenced by one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in Germany, the city is a superb blend of rich patrician houses and fondly restored half-timbered houses.

Erfurt Christmas market - by blaulichtfotograph

Erfurt Christmas market - by blaulichtfotograph

Attractions

Christmas melodies and the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread is in the air everywhere you go. The Domplatz is the city`s center of attraction, where you might have the feeling to land in a very different world. Right below the cathedral dominates the Ferris wheel, while on the left side you can find the large Christmas tree. Best thing is to take the steps to the cathedral first – to get yourself an overview of the hustle and bustle.

Recommendations

If you planned to have plenty of time for your Christmas stay, then take the chance to visit the medieval streets and alleys with their churches, like the famous Krämerbrücke (merchants bridge), the Fishmarkt or the Church of St. Severus. Our top tip: Combine your visit of one of the most beautiful German Christmas markets with a shopping stroll and a guided tour into the historic Old Town.

Opening times
Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 8pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am to 9pm

Until Monday, 22/12/2008.

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!