Erfurt, a city of approximately 200,000 inhabitants and the capital of the free state of Thuringia, looks back to more than 1250 years of history. Located at the crossroads of important medieval trade routes, Erfurt was the region's commercial, political, and cultural center. The biographies of many prominent thinkers, such as Martin Luther, Ulrich von Hutten, Adam Ries, and Wilhelm von Humboldt, were closely connected to Erfurt's history.
The immediate vicinity offers many cultural treasures, too. Weimar, the city of Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Nietzsche and Liszt, as well as Eisenach, birthplace of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, are among the famous places nearby.
Erfurt's historic city center represents one of the most well preserved and complete medieval town centers in Germany. Historic buildings, cobble-stone lanes and beautiful squares bring back past centuries. A charming blend of medieval and current student life can be felt in the Andreas Quarter, the old part of the city.
In Michaelisstraße, you will find the Collegium Maius, the carefully restored medieval university building, as well as the International Guest House (IBZ) and a variety of taverns. The Engelsburg, complete with arched cellars and traditional clubrooms, currently houses the student center and offers numerous service facilities in a historic setting.