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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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.

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!

media country

April 23, 2008 by  
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Since the late 90s, the Free State established a media site – and since the end of 2003 it marketed itself as a „Children media country.“ The 2007 image campaign, issued by the Free State, explains what is at stake: „The home of the Kinderkanal (children’s channel), ARD and ZDF and the Children’s Media Festival „Goldener Spatz“ convinces with the nationwide highest concentration of media companies in the field of children’s content“.

Until then, it was a long way: „At the beginning, there was nothing and now we have quite a few productions here,“ puts Inge Lore König this development in a nutshell. „The problem was simply that there existed no tradition in Thuringia for media.“ With its children’s film company, she operates in Thuringia since 2000 and produces, among other things, the Ki.Ka broadcast Trickboxx. König is a pioneer in the Thuringian film business.

thuringia media country for children

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And today, things turned out really good for the location of Thuringia. Prime Minister Dieter Althaus (CDU) said on Tuesday on the eve of the anual Thuringian media symposium: „Thuringia was not only a successful children’s media and production site. From here, we developped consistently many ideas and innovations, which influence new media services for children through significant future projects.“ „In future“, according to Althaus, „we will increase even more production and research capacities“.