Known as the spiritual center of Thuringia, Erfurt is the center of horticultural trade in Germany and the largest vegetable seed producer in Europe. One of the largest horticultural shows, the Internationale Gartenbauaustellung is held annually from March to September in Cyriaksburg Park.
Most places of interest in Erfurt are concentrated in the Altstadt area, home to a number of well-preserved mansions built in the Renaissance and Gothic styles. One of the city's curiosities, the Krimerbricke has spanned Gera since the early fourteenth century. Along with houses on both sides, it is filled with antique shops, cafes and bookstalls. Another famous attraction worth a visit while staying in Erfurt, the Domberg is home to two Catholic churches standing side-by-side. One of them, the Dom was constructed in the twelfth century and rebuilt in the Gothic style in the XIV century. The Cathedral's interior is richly baroque, yet still has some outstanding works from 1160, including the statue-candelabra and a Romanesque altar of the Virgin. Its neighbour, the Church of St Severi is famous for its extraordinary font and sarcophagus of the saint.
Other beautiful churches include the thirteenth century Predigerkirche and the Romanesque Peterskirche dating from the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. There are also three medieval churches in Erfurt, namely Allerheiligengeistkirche, Michaeliskirche and Agidienkirche.
To its guests the city of Erfurt offers a variety of hotels, the most attractive of these being Dorint Hotel Erfurt, Radisson SAS Hotel Erfurt, Am Kaisersaal Hotel Erfurt, Airport Hotel Erfurt, Ramada Hotel Erfurt and Grand Hotel am Dom Erfurt.
One of the best and most up-to-date hotels in Erfurt, Dorint Hotel Erfurt is located in the heart of the city and hence is close to all major attractions Erfurt has to offer. Guest rooms correspond to the upscale chain-hotel standards and feature all of the modern amenities for the guests' relaxation. Located here is one of the best restaurants in Erfurt, Zum Rebstock, specializing in German and international cuisine. Hotel facilities include bar, solarium, sauna, steam room, 24-hour rooms service, laundry service, dry cleaning, babysitting and non-smoking rooms.
Nestled in the center of the city's Old Town, Am Kaisersaal Hotel Erfurt is regarded as one of the most sophisticated hotels of the city, appealing to both business and leisure travellers. Opened in 2003, this hotel is strongly recommended for those coming to Erfurt to explore the city's treasures. Guest rooms are average in size featuring warm bright colors that give a Mediterranean feel. Numerous hotel facilities and amenities include cocktail bar, concierge, lift, laundry facilities, non-smoking rooms, lobby, parking facilities, restaurant and reception.
The best option for business travellers, Airport Hotel Erfurt is situated less than a mile from the Eufurt Airport and some 2,5 miles from the city center. All of its 72 rooms feature modern facilities and come with en-suite bathrooms. Among hotel facilities are cocktail bar, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, room service, sauna and parking facilities. Business people can take advantage of six conference rooms for business meetings.