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 Sports: Biathlon Oberhof 15 km Results

Januar 12, 2010 by  
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The competition of the men`s mass start in Oberhof is over. In addition to the ladies, the men now had to challenge the 15 kilometers and once again, it was interesting to watch this anual world class competition in Thuringia.

The favorite has actually been clear – We’re talking about Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. He has outclassed the competition once again. On the second and third place he was followed by the Americans Tim Burke an Poland`s Ace Tomasz Sikora.

Burke can thus take the lead in the overall World Cup title. But now even a few words about the Germans today. Youngster Arnd Peiffer oviously managed the best place possible for him and finished 5th. Unfortunately, champion Michael Greis had some bad luck when shooting, and therefore had to be content with the 11th place.

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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.

The Oktoberfest in Thuringia – Beer and Tradition

Oktober 15, 2008 by  
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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!

Geocaching adventure – find treasures in Thuringia

Juli 7, 2008 by  
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Treasure hunting

Thuringia offers a year-round treasure hunt with GPS device, called geocaching. Many tourist information in the country will asisst you with this new form of walking. It is suitable for families with children, and this modern form of treasure hunting now enjoys an increasing popularity. And at the end of the tour, there is always a small treasure with a souvenir.

Geocaching in Thuringia - find treasures via GPS

Geocaching in Thuringia - find treasures via GPS

With the GPS receiver in your hand

…and the coordinates of a place, where someone hid a „treasure“, you can start the search. The so-called caches provide exciting names, notes, smart keywords, or just numbers. Anything but gold and precious stones can be expected. Who takes something out of the treasure box, shall, in return, put again something into it – so the next pulp hunters will still find something interesting. Guaranteed are lots of fun and the discovery of the country and its people.

The routes are all moderate

…and about 4 km long – so enjoyable even for inexperienced hikers. If you do not own a GPS – device, please contact a local authorized dealer or one of the many tourist offices in Thuringia.

Mountain bike marathon & Festival

Mai 21, 2008 by  
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Mountain bike marathon & Festival at Tabarz: The last event – The rush into the biking season on the last weekend in April exceeded all expectations by far.

According to the perfect weather, about 135 drivers took the downhill route and looked at the pros JD Swanguen (USA) and Mio Suamesa (JPN) from MS Intense Factory Racing team. But not only the international stars came to Tabarz, also the national prominence represented by Antje Kramer, the German champion in downhill, followed the invitation.

At the press conference on Saturday, Soren Schmidt, the chief organizer for the marathon and the downhill, announced a further improvement of cooperation with the municipality Tabarz, who will be the organizer of both upcoming events.

Mountain bike marathon – New Websites

Both the website of Tabarzer marathon as well as the downhill on the Inselsberg are redesigned and given a modern and striking layout.

The revision of the page to Tabarzer Mountain Bike Marathon, has been completed a few days ago and is available including the online registration for the marathon.

This is also an appropriate site to purchase professional bikes, as well as Fahrrad Erfurt Shop in the region of Thuringia.

bike-festival Tabarz mountain marathon

Tabarz, Thuringia: New events and partners

Thuringia is always worth a visit, and during the past years especially for marathon or downhill.

Having perceived this new trend, The Thuringia Tourism Company is the new partner and main sponsor of the Tabarz Mountain Bike Marathon on 31.5./1.6. 2008, with his presence to visit the „green heart of Germany“.

The new event will include a kids mountainbike competition, a short race and last but not least, a family program with a brilliant celebration finish.

Through the further development of biking paths and special mountain bike trails around the Inselsberg region, cyclotourists will even find more attractive destinations to enjoy their passion in Thuringia.

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