Barfusserstrasse 9, Erfurt, Thuringia, 99084, Germany
More about Erfurt
Hauptbahnhof, Erfurt, Deutschland 2009
A wet day on the Kramerbrucke
More roof detail
Travel Tips for Erfurt
Randezvous with Thuringia
You can have a audiovisual town tour through Erfurt. It is available from the Erfur Tourismus. You will be required to hand in your valid ID card as a security deposit.
Tourismus GmbH Erfurt
www.erfurt-tourismus.de You can see Erfurt and know about its about 1260 years history per the mini computer from 5,50 Euro. I think this is a very good idea for the city tour.
Erfurt Zoo:Proud "Parents" of a Baby Rhino
This January (2007) Erfurt zoo was proudly announcing the birth of a rhino
baby. After some initial problems - the overprotective mother always wanted to watch her baby and so wouldn't stand still long enough for it to drink - the baby is doing fine now.
I had called the zoo some days before we went to Erfurt,, asking if the baby could be seen yet. It's a not a large zoo and I clould hear how proud the secretary was because of the birth.
Visitors were allowed to see mother and child just a few days after birth. There is sign asking people to be quiet. Everybody paid attention and even though many visitors took pictures, nobody used a flash.
Finding the zoo was difficult, even though we had the instructions and a good map.
There are hardly any signs for the zoo and you have to go through an industrial area to get there.
Parking was 1,50 Euro when we arrived, but when we left the guard had packed up
and left.There were still a few hours opening time left. Maybe it was too cold for him?
Entrance fee was 6 Euro an adult. There was no restaurant open inside the zoo, but outside
there is a small fast food place, where we could get some chips.
I suppose in summer the zoo will be much more crowded, but by then the rhino baby will have grown a lot.
Just next door to Krämerbrücke is Ägidienkirche (St. Egidius). It's not really an interesting church, were it not for its spire which provides you with the best view on Krämerbrücke. After having climbed up the steep and narrow staircase, you have a very good panoramic view on Erfurt and its sights.
A Rathaus by any other name
The town hall is also located in the Fischmarkt and this neo-Gothic edifice, done in what may be termed a church-style, took five years to build, from 1870 to 1875.
Inside, its Thuringian heritage is writ large upon the walls in the face of the many murals depicting legends and scenes from the past.
I also liked the exterior sculptures, depicting not classical heroes but those whose labours allow buildings such as this to be erected in the first place. Sort of a "local hero" type scenario.
Staatskanzlei - State Chancellery
This baroque palais was built for the governor of the electorate of Mainz in the 9 years from 1711 and incorporates two Renaissance buildings "Zum stolzen Knecht" and "Zur guldenen Flechte". Designed by Maximillian von Welsch it was inside here that the city's fate was determined for a long time.
In the 21st century it now houses the Thuringian State Chancellery.
Goethe had his audience with Napoleon here and the small green space was landscaped in the 18th century and made open for people in decent dress on Sundays.
Erfurt was incorporated into Prussia in 1802, a time of change for Thurlingia.