Activities and Family Activities in Erfurt
Erfurt’s special atmosphere is also characterised by the many festivities and events held in the inner city. The wine festival, ceramics market, the duck race on the river Gera, the car show "Autofrühling" and the Thuringian "Jazzmeile" jazz festival are major events on Erfurt’s calendar, as are the Merchant‘s Bridge festival (Krämerbrückenfest) and the Erfurt Christmas market, which is one of the most famous in Germany. Visitors from all over the world also flock to the unique annual "Cathedral Steps" festival (DomStufen-Festspiele) held in an impressive setting in front of the cathedral and the Church of St Severus. Rounding off the city’s cultural highlights are Erfurt Theatre with its opera house (which opened in 2003), museums, galleries and cabaret shows.