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Almost 1300 years of heritage make Erfurt a picture book example of German history. © Barbara Neumann

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Exploring the city´s cultural life

Museums, galleries and exhibitions of different kinds augment the wide range of cultural life in the city of Erfurt. Take some time to get to know the city and discover its many facets. You will be inspired.

The former municipal hospital (1547) houses the Museum für Thüringer Volkskunde (Museum of Thuringian Folklore), an interesting presentation of the 18th and 19th centuries' everyday life in Thuringia as well as original tools and workshops of traditional Thuringian craftsmanship.

/assetimage_865_240w184.jpgYou will find changing exhibitions at the Kunsthalle am Fischmarkt (Art Gallery at the Fish Market) in the historical building "Haus Zum Roten Ochsen" (House to the Red Ox) of 1562. The frieze on the facade above the ground floor windows represent the days of the week and the Greek muses.

The former Municipal Trade Weighing and Packing House (1706-1717) is today's Angermuseum (Anger Museum). There are permanent exhibitions of the most important collections of Thuringian porcelain and Thuringian china manufacturers since 1760 as well as paintings of German artists like Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Spitzweg and Friedrich Nerly, sandstone Madonnas and panel paintings from Erfurt churches.

A magnificent example of German church architecture of the mendicant order (14th/15th centuries) is the Barfüßerkirche (Blackfriar's Church) with the oldest remaining glass paintings in Erfurt (ca. 1235), two altars and ledger of Cinna von Vargula (1371).

/assetimage_846_240w184.jpgThe Stadtmuseum (City Museum) shows a permanent exhibition on the development of earliest history until the period of its dependence on the rulers of Mainz, France and Prussia in 1814.

Thuringian geology can be seen at the Museum of Natural History, a former woad (plant used for blue dye) store house built in 1577.

The Margaretha-Reichardt-Haus is a workshop and home of Margaretha Reichardt, master of textile work and weaving in Bauhaus design period.

"The Whole World in the Garden" is a permanent exhibition (1,500 m2) at the Deutsches Gartenbaumuseum (German Horticultural Museum) inside the ancient fortified walls of Cyriaksburg Castle.

Every summer the Cathedral Steps which run between the magnificent architectural ensemble of the "Dom St. Marien" (St Mary's Cathedral) and the "Severikirche" (St Severus Church) are transformed into one of the world's most beautiful festival stages. Since 1994 the Theater Erfurt has been organizing this special open air spectacle. The Thuringian capital's opera house is one of the newest theater buildings in Germany with a fascinating architecture. Culture enthusiasts flock to approximately 480 events each year, including operas and operettas, festive concerts, ambitious plays and more.
The "Kaisersaal" (Imperial Hall) is used today as an event location as well. It was built in 1715 as the university ballroom. In 1808 Napoleon I and Tsar Alexander I of Russia met here for the Royal Congress. A number of famous artists, including Niccolo Paganini and Franz Liszt, have performed concerts here. Open-air theater performances are held on the 70 steps leading from the "Domplatz" (Cathedral Square) to the "Dom St. Marien" (St Mary's Cathedral).

External links:

Museum für Thüringische Volkskunde  (Museum of Thuringian Folklore)
Kunsthalle am Fischmarkt  (Art Gallery at the Fish Market)
Angermuseum  (Anger Museum)
Barfüsserkirche  (Blackfriar's Church)
Stadtmuseum  (City Museum)
Deutsches Gartenbaumuseum  (German Horticultural Museum)
Margaretha-Reichardt-Haus  (Margaretha-Reichardt-Haus)
Domfestspiele  (Cathdral Steps Festival / Erfurt Theater)
Kaisersaal Erfurt  (Imperial Hall)

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