Erfurt is a city in central Germany. It is the capital of the state of Thuringia or Thüringen with a population of ca. 202,619.
Erfurt is located 100 km SW of Leipzig, 113 km SE of Kassel and 180 km SE of Hannover. It lies in the southern part of the Thuringian Basin, within the wide valley of the Gera River.
Erfurt has preserved an intact medieval city centre.
Erfurt is famous for two churches, the Mariendom and the Severikirche, which stand directly side by side and together form the emblem of the city. Both churches tower above the town scape and are accessible via huge open stairs.
Another remarkable site is the Krämerbrücke, a bridge crossing the narrow Gera River. The bridge is covered with inhabited buildings. It was built in 1325 with a church on either bridgehead, one of which still functional.