10 Things to Do in Arnstadt That You Shouldn't Miss

March 10, 2018 Darleen Reid

Arnstadt (German pronunciation: [ˈarnʃtat] ( listen)) is a town in Ilm-Kreis, Thuringia, Germany, on the river Gera about 20 kilometres south of Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia. Arnstadt is one of the oldest towns in Thuringia, and has a well-preserved historic centre with a partially preserved town wall. The town is nicknamed Das Tor zum Thüringer Wald ("The Gateway to the Thuringian Forest") because of its location on the northern edge of that forest. Arnstadt has a population of some 25,000. The city centre is on the west side of Gera. The municipality comprises four "villages": Angelhausen–Oberndorf, Dosdorf–Espenfeld, Rudisleben, and Siegelbach. The neighbouring municipalities are Wachsenburggemeinde, Kirchheim, Alkersleben, thorn Home, Wipfratal, Plaue and Gossel.
Restaurants in Arnstadt

1. Johann-Sebastian-Bachkirche

Markt, 99310 Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany +49 3628 740960
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Johann-Sebastian-Bachkirche

Once called the Neuekirche, this church was renamed after Bach in honor of the composer's incredible popularity in this town.

Reviewed By DonPaulo - Richmond, Virginia

Had Bach not played at the church, it would be just another small church with a splendid old organ. What you see is not what Bach saw. A century after Bach's time, the church interior had a massive make-over. It now serves as a concert hall with good acoustics and poor lines of sight. You can see about half of the players from almost any seat in the house. If you are in Arnstadt, certainly take the tour - which in itself is not very good.

2. Schloss und Park Molsdorf

Schlossplatz 6, 99094 Molsdorf, Thuringia, Germany
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5 based on 1 reviews

Schloss und Park Molsdorf

Reviewed By Sabrina P

Warum in die Ferne schweifen, wenn das Gute liegt so nah. Trotzdessen, dass ich aus dem Landkreis Gotha komme und es von dort nur ca 30min Fahrt sind, war es nach 33 Jahren das erste Mal, dass ich diesen Ort besuchte. Die Öffnungszeiten sind Di- So 10-18:00, Letzter Einlass 17:30 und Führungen zu jeder vollen Stunde. Die Führung ist alles andere als langweilig, sehr interessante Fakten, die spannend vorgetragen wurden. Ein Stück Heimatgeschichte, die mit den Eintrittsgeldern (6€ pro Person) erhalten werden sollte. Also schaut euch dieses sehr gut erhalten Schloss, das einst als Wasserburg erbaut wurde an. Eine tolle Sehenswürdigkeit, vor allem an Regentagen. Im unteren Bereich befindet sich auch ein Restaurant mit Blick auf den englischen Garten, der im Sommer zum Spazieren und Flanieren einlud, ganz so, wie es einst der Graf Gotter tat.

3. Merchant's Bridge

99084, Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany +49 361 3803950
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4.5 based on 914 reviews

Merchant's Bridge

An old-fashioned bridge and street lined with pretty houses dating back to the Renaissance.

Reviewed By Centh L - Stockholm, Sweden

It was build 1325. That is the most impressive but that is not what you feel. It's houses and shops on the bridge with nothing special to see. To see the bridge october 17 from the outside was a dissapointment as it was a lot of Constructions ongoing.

4. Oberkirche

Pfarrhof, 99310 Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany
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5 based on 11 reviews

Oberkirche

Reviewed By Jan_Kobel - Arnstadt, Germany

When the francescan monks arrived in the thuringian area in the 1230s, they preferred locations within the villages, offering pastoral care to the poor. Their churches were big, but simple: four walls, a roof, no columns, not even a tower (the tower of this church was addet in the 15th century). After they had to leave in 1538, Arnstadt becoming prothestantic, the church was furnished with interieurs of dutch renaissance, a wonderful gallery of illustrated bible scenes, a painting of Franz Floris and an huge altar of the sculptor Burchard Roehl.
Until 2011, the churches walls were left unrestored with an enchanting side by side of medieval paintings (or rests of them), renaissance interiors, 19th century ornaments, historic wall scratchings and tracks of decay. Unfortunatly (not to say unbelievable) the local authorities decided to prepare the Oberkirche for the 2017 Martin Luther celebrations and gave it a fresh paint, hiding many tracks of history.
Nevertheless the church is a must for all Arnstadt visitors. Since 2009 it is part of the annual Bach:Sommer early music festival of Joshua Rifkin every second weekend in august. It is open only saturday and sunday from 11 am until 3 pm.

5. Erfurt Cathedral

Domstufen 1, 99084, Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany +49 361 576960
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4.5 based on 384 reviews

Erfurt Cathedral

Reviewed By Eric_and_Dora - Canberra

I was surprised by the size of this Cathedral from th eputside, where it towers above the square. The windows around the alter are stunning.

6. Puppenstadt Mon Plaisir

Schlossplatz 1, 99310 Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany +49 3628 602932
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4 based on 21 reviews

Puppenstadt Mon Plaisir

Reviewed By Richard254 - Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom

We came with a group to see the Bach memorabilia upstairs, including a fascinating display of the original and later organ consoles. We were made very welcome by the well informed guide who compensated for the lack of multilingual labelling by giving us a separate commentary in fluent English. She was excellent and also gave us a brief view of the dolls and porcelain collection - both exceptional. Sadly, her best efforts to promote the town and the museum were then undermined when we returned for a more leisurely look. We were shadowed closely by two sombre minders who seemed to regard us with deep suspicion and were quick to forbid photography. I sympathise with the need to avoid the use of flash which might damage sensitive fabrics, although surely not porcelain. But why no non-flash photography? It seemed wholly unnecessary.

99084, Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany
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4.5 based on 390 reviews

Domplatz

Reviewed By Irina T - Chisinau, Chisinau, Moldova

You'll fin here lots of restaurants, markets of various kind, including the one for Christmas, but also festivals. If nothing is going on, you can just enjoy the view of the Dom and take pictures.

8. Bahnbetriebswerk Arnstadt

Rehestaedter Weg 4, 99310 Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany +49 3628 584849
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Bahnbetriebswerk Arnstadt

Reviewed By Tim H - Sherborne, United Kingdom

So much to see, at least 40 steam locos. All are easily accessible, good facilities for the family. Children friendly, safe, even enjoyable on a rainy day. Nothing that we did not like, even good for non-train buffs.

9. Erfurter Domberg

99084, Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany +49 361 5769620
Excellent
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Erfurter Domberg

Reviewed By Erfurt - Jupiter, Florida

up on the hill, once you climb up the staircase which has wide steps, you will see two Catholic Churches On the left is St. Marien Dom and on the right St. Severi Kirche, both Churches are plain but have character and are worth visiting,

10. St. Bartholomaus Traukirche von J. S. Bach

99310 DornheimTeichgarten 30 a, 99310 Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany
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5 based on 8 reviews

St. Bartholomaus Traukirche von J. S. Bach

Reviewed By Jan_Kobel - Arnstadt, Germany

The church, where JSB married Maria Barbara, daughter of the composer Johann Michael Bach, on october 17th in 1707, is run and restored by a nonprofit association, founded by some courageous Dornheim citizens. It is one of the many baroque churches in this region, with romanic fundaments and walls like the most of them. There are some really beautiful paintings, an impressive crucifix and two altars in it, all of the 15th century, and the original kneeler of this wedding day over 300 years ago. At least so we were told. For our taste, the churches guide was a little bit too much inspired by the mysticism of numbers and dates. Nevertheless a must for every Bach maniac. The church is theater for baroque music Concerts and festivals like the Thüringer Bachwochen. If you like this church, visit also the tiny but fantastic church of Alkersleben, which is the next village.

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