The capital and largest city of the state of Thuringia in Germany, Erfurt draws people with its well-preserved medieval architecture and storied history around the Reformation leader, Martin Luther.
Most of Erfurt’s key landmarks are concentrated in the old town area or ‘Altstadt’ – from churches and synagogues to squares and bridges. At its core you’ll find the main town square, Domplatz, overlooked by two triple-spired Gothic churches that form a majestic ensemble – the Cathedral of St Mary and the Church of St Severus. If you time your visit right, you’ll get to see the square come alive with seasonal events like Christmas markets or a summer festival. Another highlight is the Krämerbrücke (meaning ‘Merchants' Bridge’) – a 14th-century pedestrian bridge lined with half-timbered houses, handicrafts shops and cafés.
For a breath of fresh air in Erfurt, head to Egapark, where you’ll find floral sculptures, a Japanese rock garden and a playground. Another place bound to keep the little ones engaged for hours is the Thuringian Zoopark, home to over 100 species of animals, including kangaroos, elephants and lions.