The Youth Hostel is located in the heart of a residential area dominated by villas in the south of the city. Erfurt's Horticultural Exhibition Centre (ega) and "Neue Messe" exhibition site are not far away. The city centre and Erfurt's old town are just a few minutes away by tram. The state capital of Thuringia impresses with its beauty in the midst of the green heart of Germany. Erfurt "…is situated in the best location. It is the perfect place for a city!" This is how the reformer Martin Luther summed it up back in the 16th century. Today the medieval old town continues to fascinate visitors with its narrow, winding streets and snug squares, and St. Mary's Cathedral and Church of St. Severi atop Cathedral Hill. The city is intersected by a great many watercourses and bridges, hence why part of the city centre is known as "Little Venice". Erfurt is a mix of culture, history, politics and law, art and nature. This is where tradition and modernity meet. You have the old town with its little streets, the Cathedral and the "Krämerbrücke", the historic yet young university and the floral splendour of the "ega" grounds.