Der Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) in Erfurt, Thüringen, Eastern Germany is one of the largest in the country with about 2 million visitors each year. This year, it runs from Nov 25 – Dec 22. Erfurt was first mentioned in 742, as Saint Boniface founded the diocese. Although it did not politically belong to one of the Thuringian states, it quickly became the economic center of the region. Until the Napoleonic Era it was part of the Electorate of Mainz; afterwards it belonged to Prussia until 1945. The university was founded in 1392, closed in 1816, and reestablished after German Reunification in 1994. It’s one of the oldest universities in Germany. Christian reformer Martin Luther was its most famous student. Other famous locals include the medieval theologian Meister Eckhart, Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel, sociologist Max Weber, and Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, the most successful speed skater of all time. Today, the local economy is based on agriculture, horticulture, and microelectronics.
Der Erfurter Weihnachtsmarkt findet im Jahr 2017 an folgenden Terminen statt:
28.11. – 22.12.2017
Sonntag bis Mittwoch 10 – 20 Uhr
Donnerstag und am Eröffnungstag 10 – 21 Uhr
Freitag/Samstag 10 – 22 Uhr