With around 2.2 million inhabitants and an area of around 16,000 square kilometres, the Free State of Thuringia is one of the smaller countries of the Federal Republic of Germany, but thanks to its central location in Germany and its clear positioning in favor of a digital strategy it is an ideal host for the InnoFinance Summit 2019.

Erfurt is the state capital and at the same time the largest city, and other important centres are Jena, Gera and Weimar. Thuringia has a high density of cultural sites of national and international importance, such as UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the “Classical Weimar”, the Bauhaus in Weimar, the Wartburg near Eisenach and the Hainich National Park as part of the European beech forests.

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“There must a city be” said Martin Luther about Erfurt. Situated at the intersection of the two old trade routes Via Regia and Nuremberg’s Geleitstrasse, Erfurt grew into a powerful trade and education centre in the Middle Ages.

In the state capital of Thuringia, its 1200-year history can still be experienced. The most famous landmarks are the St. Marien Cathedral and the Severikirche as well as the Krämerbücke. With a length of 120 m and 32 houses, it is the longest inhabited bridge road in Europe, inviting you to stroll through its small shops.

Erfurt has always attracted great personalities such as Luther, Goethe, Schiller, Bach and Liszt as Thuringia’s economic, intellectual, cultural and political centre. The city with its numerous small alleyways offers a wide range of activities for art lovers, connoisseurs and cultural experts.

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The Thuringian Centre for Business Start-ups and Entrepreneurship

The Thuringian Centre for Start-ups and Entrepreneurship is located in the immediate vicinity of the Erfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Thuringian Parliament.

The ThEx is a central contact point for people interested in setting up their own business and for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In addition to consulting and networking work, TheX also offers financing and funding opportunities. Workshops and seminars on various topics are also offered on a regular basis.

The ThEx (Gustav-Freytag-Straße 1) is within walking distance of the railway station and can be reached from there within 15 to 20 minutes. The ThEx can be reached from the city centre within 30 minutes by tram (line 1, direction Thüringenhalle, station Landtag/Stadion Nord). Erfurt’s tram network was awarded the European Local Transport Prize and ensures good transport connections throughout the entire core area thanks to its high frequency.

Learn more about the offers for companies on the Thüringen-Track. In addition, information on Travel and accommodation can be found here.