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About Erfurt

Erfurt Staatskanzlei

The Department of Religious Studies at Erfurt University was one of the founding departments of the re-opened University in 1999. The then innovative solution of staffing the department with five professors, each covering a religious tradition that has been historically or is currently part of European culture, has proven successful and a sixth professor was added in 2009 to cover Systematic Religious Studies.

Erfurt is today one of the major research centers for Religious Studies in Germany. In addition to the regular scholars at the University, numerous fellows visit the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies on a temporary basis, adding to the vibrant and stimulating research atmosphere in Erfurt.

Erfurt is the capital of the central German federal state of Thuringia. It is easily reached by plane, train and car. Hourly high speed trains connect the city to Frankfurt International Airport, the major German travel hub. Regular high speed trains also go to and from Leipzig and Berlin International Airports. The modern train station welcomes visitors in downtown Erfurt within walking distance to the Visitor's Center and shopping area.

The city itself is serviced by a round-the-clock public transportation system. Regular tram lines 3 and 6 travel between the train station, downtown Erfurt and the University Campus (travelling time between train station and campus: app. 10 minutes). All hotels are within walking distance to tram and bus stops.

To keep our Congress clean, please use public transportation systems wherever possible.

Discovering Erfurt
Guided Tours of the Old City

The XXI IAHR World Congress cooperates with Erfurt Tourism and Marketing to offer a variety of guided tours of the City.

Our offers include:

Erfurt - A Fascinating History Experience

With the monumental ensemble of the Church of St. Severus and the cathedral with its 500-year-old "Gloriosa" bell, famous throughout the world for the beauty of its tone, as well as wealthy patrician townhouses, charming half-timbered buildings and a great many churches, which earned it the nickname the "Rome of Thuringia", the 1,260 year-old city of Erfurt is a veritable picture-book of German history. This tour will take you on an interesting walk through the old quarter, past the Merchants’ Bridge, the town hall, the university district, townhouses steeped in tradition and also the cathedral and Church of St. Severus.

Duration   2,5 hours
 Price  €12,00 per person
 Minimum group size  12 participants

Martin Luther in Erfurt

Erfurt is Martin Luther’s spiritual home. A student at Erfurt’s famous university between 1501 and 1505, Luther first studied the "seven liberal arts", then theology and, at his father’s wish, jurisprudence. But a dramatic personal incident brought about a radical change in Luther’s life: terrified by a dreadful storm close to the city, during which he was struck by lightning, he took monastic vows and entered the Augustinian Monastery on 17 July 1505. In April 1507, Martin Luther was ordained as priest in Erfurt Cathedral. On your route through the town you will see interesting places connected with Luther, such as the Luther monument, St. Michael’s Church and the student hostel which also date from this era. At the end of this tour there is visit the Augustinian Monastery.

Duration   2,5 hours
Price  €20,00 per person
Minimum Group size  12 participants

On the Trail of Jewish History

During the Middle Ages, Jewish merchants played a significant role in Erfurt’s commercial life, but were expelled from the 14th century onwards. During the 19th century under Prussian rule, however, Jewish citizens regained their influence on the economic and cultural life of the city. The tour includes a visit to one of the oldest synagogues in Europe and to the Small Synagogue, now a modern multicultural meeting place where visitors can find out about the life and suffering of Erfurt’s Jewish population (included visit Old Synagogues and mikveh or Jewish ritual bath.

Duration   2,5 hours
Price  €22,00 per person
Minimum group size   12 participants

Through Erfurt in Bach’s footsteps

Erfurt has many connections with the music of the baroque period. Johann Sebastian Bach’s parents were married in the Merchants’ Church. Johann Sebastian Bach himself often came to Erfurt to visit relatives. The "Bach family days" were welcome opportunities for the family to meet up at Erfurt, Eisenach or Arnstadt. The Thuringian Bach Festival, which takes place every March and April, has become a well-established tradition. The highlight of this tour is a short organ recital in the Prediger Church.

Duration   2 hours
Price  €18,00 per person
Minimum group size   12 participants

All tours are on offer throughout the Congress week. To book one of the tours, please use the link that will be provided on this website early in 2015.







   Erfurt University

The XXI Quinquennial IAHR World Congress is sponsored by

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Thuringia Tourism - holiday (vacation) and travel in Thuringia

The XXI IAHR World Congress cooperates with Thuringia Tourism in booking the Congress and providing accommodation and the Congress tours.

The IAHR 2015 World Congress partners with myclimate to aim at a net zero carbon footprint.