Landhotel Burgen Blick
Am Zwetschenberg 20, Erfurt, Thuringia, 99192, Germany
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2. Free double-decker bicycle parking
We weren't on our own for long
Looking at another street leading away
Travel Tips for Erfurt
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum
The Fischmarkt is such and interesting place. Some of Erfurt's finest architecture abounds in this small plaza and, for one reason or another, there always seems to be something happening there. Thus it was that I was waiting for Rosemarie to turn up and suddenly they came a-marching around the corner.....the cadets that is. Obviously about to be presented to some dignitary as they filed into the Rathaus.
If that wasn't enough, a little while later a couple of odd trams rolled by. First came the one with the snow plough (pic 2) and then the vintage one on a tourist excursion (pic 3).
After that the man rolled up (love that pun) with his smile, period costume and his wares, to whit, a bun or two.
It was all a little too much so I strolled around the corner of the Rathaus only to be greeted by this figure (pic 5) standing on the pavement.
What could I then do but go and have a quiet drink somewhere!
The trip on the tram was a revelation to me. The vehicle jagged this way and that around the bends and twists with pedestrians within arm's reach seemingly all the time as they made their way along the cobbled streets.
The Normandy style of exterior wooden beams intrigued me, I had always called them Tudor style and thought it was an English specialty but no, they had their own life and name here.
Church steeples flashed here and there from the end of alleyways until we reached the Domplatz
The very interesting example of secular architecture in Erfurt is Merchants’ Bridge (The Krämerbrücke). This is an arched stone bridge over the Gera river and it was constructed in 1325 like a part of "via regia" trading route: Kiev - Wroclaw - Erfurt - Frankfurt am Main. In its place was in year 1117 a former wooden bridge. Very interesting is that this bridge is the only example for a bridge consisting of houses north of the Alps mountain. The restored group of houses is dating from the 15th to 19th century. In the houses are now art galleries and crafts, souvenirs, antiques, music and wine shops. On the end of this bridge you can see the Ägidienkirche. From the tower of this church can you admire the great panorama of Erfurt. This is the longest bridge of Europe, wich have houses along its entire length.
In the summers from 1961 to 1966, and again every summer since 1994, these 14th century steps leading up to St. Mary's Cathedral have been the venue for open-air theater, music and opera performances at the DomStufen Festspiele, the Cathedral Steps Festival.
Situated behind the town hall, this recently renovated building was once a private home but converted for worship between 1840 and 1884.
A new larger synagogue was built at Karthauserring in 1884 which made this redundant. The latter suffered the fate of many when it was destroyed in 1938 though it was rebuilt in 1952.
The small synagogue by this time had been secularised and used as a vinegar factory before reverting to its original use as a residence.
When its current restoration is finished it will be a multi-cultural centre.
I have to say that there's not a lot to see here and a couple of minutes would probably suffice. It was only my curiousity that drew me here.
The picture shows some of the original brickwork but, apart from that, there's really only a fairly empty and uninteresting hall.