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    Doors and Portals

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 17, 2013

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    Favorite thing: If you like collecting photos of details, look at the doors of the old houses. Renaissance, baroque, neoclassical, historism... there are many pretty examples from past centuries. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready - they are everywhere.

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    House Names

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 8, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Most old houses have names. Medieval cities did not have addresses the way we have them now, with street name and house number. Somehow the houses had to be identified. Many facades bear inscriptions or stone reliefs with the name and a symbol.

    Fondest memory: In a city that size – around 1400 Erfurt had about 24,000 inhabitants, which is a huge city in medieval terms – house owners needed quite a bit of imagination to find new names that were not already taken. Haus zum Goldenen Rad, % House of the Golden Wheel, is a rather normal name. Here are some fancier examples:

    Haus zur Hohen Lilie – House of the High Lily
    Haus zum Paradies und Esel – House of Paradise and Donkey (two houses united to one)
    Haus zu den güldenen Flügeln – House of the Golden Wings
    Haus zum grünen Sittich – House of the Green Parrot
    Haus zum großen Pflug – House of the Great Plough
    Haus zum bunten Schiffchen – House of the Coloured Boat
    Haus zum Bärenstreit – House of the Bear Fight

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    „Erfordia turrita“ – Steeples Everywhere

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 8, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Medieval pictures of old Erfurt show a skyline that consists of nothing but steeples and tower houses, it looked a lot like the pictures we know of Italian cities. In those times it was (nick-)named "Erfordia turrita", Erfurd rich in towers. Medieval Erfurt was the most influential city, wealthiest trade centre and seat of the Bishop. Almost in every street a church, chapel or monastery was built. Around 1500 the city had 23 parish churches, 36 chapels, 6 hospitals and 22 monasteries. Not all churches are preserved but their number is still large.

    Fondest memory: The many churches are still a striking feature in cityscape. No matter where you are in the old town, there is hardly a street corner from which you could not spot at least one steeple, often two or three.
    Some steeples have become lonely monuments because ‘their’ church is lost and gone, ruined by fires or demolished in the 18th and 19th century or destroyed in World War II. I have counted five of them, there might be more.

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    Zum Breiten Herd - one of Europe's finest facades

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 28, 2011

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    Zum Breiten Herd, simply beautiful
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    Favorite thing: When I was there in 2007, this building was suffering from the scaffold disease. Blanked out from the rest of the world, it promised much when it would finally be revealed in its glory.

    Fondest memory: How lucky for me that I was able to return in 2008 and discover for myself just how wonderful this restoration has been.
    There, resplendent in the Fischmarkt where it has plenty of opposition for glory, the fresh paint sparkles in the morning sun showing off more colours than has a rainbow.
    It's a truly wonderful thing to see buildings like this restored. Although it will serve to attract many thousands more tourists, sometimes that isn't necessarily a bad thing. At least their money has made it live again.
    I took the night shot from the vantage point of Fellini's restaurant across the other side of the square, whose first floor offers the best view of all, not to mention having sensational food as well.
    Then, just three months later, it caught fire and 2 million euros worth of damage was done to both Herd and the building next door, Gildehaus.

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    Erfordia turrita

    by evona Written Jul 19, 2008

    Favorite thing: Of the once 21 parish churches, more than 15 monastery churches and chapels, 11 monasteries and four collegiate churches that gave the city the nickname Erfodia Turrita only 24 are still standing - though not all of them are complete.

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    A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    Cadets patrolling at the Rathaus
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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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!

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    One good turm deserves another

    by iandsmith Written Apr 13, 2008

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    The tower and the shoe shop
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    Favorite thing: Erfurt is in a strange position of having at least three turm (towers) with nothing attached. At least two of them (see opening and last pic) used to be connected to churches that are no longer there. Wars will do that for you.

    Fondest memory: It was with some interest that I was researching the footwear shop on Anger and I glanced up to the skylight and there, lo and behold, was a tower dominant above me. This started me thinking about some of the towers I had seen around Erfurt.
    There a quite attractive one at an old kiln on tram route 5 (pic 3) but they all look somewhat odd and out of place.

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    The wonder of Anger

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    Colourful exterior
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    Favorite thing: From the Bismark memorial (pic 3) to the modern bas reliefs (pic 2) there is so much to see while strolling along the Anger.

    Fondest memory: Tucked in the back streets (pic 4) is a tarted up bland communist-style high density housing block that, with and imaginative paint scheme, has been almost transformed.
    There's also a wealth of late 19th and early 20th century stuff whose facades look glamorous by the standards of today's bland shopping centres. No wonder people prefer to stroll here.

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    Beyond Anger

    by iandsmith Written Apr 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: These pics are all from my second trip to Erfurt. I walked down to the lovely baroque haberdashery store at the end of Anger and then went beyond, something I hadn't done before.

    Fondest memory: Since I hadn't heard about this area you can imagine my surprise when I came across this group of buildings, some of which had obviously been constructed by someone with money in the past.

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    Thuringian State Chancellery

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 11, 2008

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    Napoleon stood on this balcony
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    Favorite thing: 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.
    The small green space just across the road from the building 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.
    The American military government of this area was based in this building from April 12 to July 3, 1945. With the finalization of the borders the Soviet military government took over until 1949 when the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was founded.
    In the 1990s the building was thoroughly restored and renovated and since 1995 it has been the seat of the government of Thüringen, including the office of the prime minister.

    Fondest memory: Napoleon was in a bit of bother. He'd just lost a battle against Spain, his first such defeat, and he was a little bit bothered.
    Austria was rampant and looking for further expansion, England was still there, untouched, and so he turned to Prussia and Czar Alexander I. They met in Erfurt and reminders of that meeting can be found at many sites in Erfurt. It dragged on for more than a fortnight and the parties were lavish but, in the end, the treaty sought by Napoleon to get the Czar to align himself with Napoleon in case he was attacked was never agreed to.
    During his time here Napoleon also spent time with Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, the man who wrote "Don Carlos", first performed orally in Erfurt.
    Pictures to come in April
    Regierungsstraße 73, 99084 Erfurt

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    Ampelmann

    by alancollins Written Nov 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I have come across the Ampelmann before during my travels in Eastern Germany. They first started life in 1961 when a traffic psychologist had worked out that people were more likely to obey a friendly figure at traffic lights. After reunification it was decided to scrap the traffic light men for the same ones as the rest of the EU. Protests then followed and it decided to keep the existing Ampelmann in place, though I suspect that the red traffic light man in the photo appears to be an updated version. The Ampelmann has become a popular figure and you can now buy various gifts with the figures attached.
    http://www.ampelmann.de/

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    Town of Famous Individualists

    by elgin99 Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    J.S. Bach
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    Favorite thing: Martin Luther
    In 1505 he graduated with a Masters from the university's faculty of philosophy. It is said that a violent storm close to Erfurt that same year prompted him to become a monk at the Augustinian Monastery in gratitude for his survival. Martin Luther stayed in Erfurt until 1511 and was ordained as a priest in the cathedral. It is more than 500 years since Luther was a student at the collegium maius, the old Erfurt university's main building, which is now being restored. On 10 November every year, Erfurt celebrates Martin Luther's birthday and remembers St. Martin with the St. Martin's Festival on Domplatz. "

    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach in 1685.The Thuringian Bach Festival, held annually in March and April, bears eloquent witness to this unparalleled musical legacy. Musical life in Erfurt is greatly indebted to the Bachs, various members of Johann Sebastian's family, who were engaged as organists and town musicians. On the Bach trail: Merchants' Bridge, Fischmarkt, Kürschnergasse or Junkersand.

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Erfurt is close to Weimar and it is not difficult to find traces of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the great man of letters, here too. A number of buildings in Erfurt have Goethe inscriptions, for example. Goethe often travelled to Erfurt, both on business and privately, and he liked the city so much that he called it Thuringia's Rome.

    Adam Ries
    Adam Ries, a well-known German mathematician, worked in Erfurt from 1518 to 1522/23. He lived in Drachengasse, just a few metres from the collegium maius, Erfurt university's main building. Academically, Adam Ries' Erfurt years were the most fruitful of his life.

    Christian Reichart
    was born on 4 July 1685 in Erfurt His work, which quickly lifted horticulture in Erfurt to new and greater heights, contributed to the city developing a reputation in Europe for its flowers and horticulture. ---> ega Erfurt

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    Great Event - Festival on Stairs of Cathedral

    by elgin99 Written Sep 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Domstufenfestspiele -every year a great event on the stairs of Cathedral. You should buy the tickets very early because many tourists from all regions of Germany visit that festival and mostly selled out. What for colours, what for an accustic and what a life in that town during the night. This year it was the fairy tale "The Moon" (Orff), next it will be "Cavalleria Rusticana".
    Fantastic, also because of that grandious background of the cathedral! Look for some pictures of Festival website, or some of me round about that event.

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    Randezvous with Thuringia

    by evona Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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
    Benediktsplatz 1
    99084 Erfurt
    Telefon: 0361/66400
    Telefax: 0361/6640-290
    service@erfurt-tourist-info.de
    www.erfurt-tourismus.de

    Fondest memory: 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.

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    Architecture in the city

    by m-joy Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This picture was taken in the Johannisstraße - one of the streets with some beautiful old houses in many different styles and colours. Just walk around and enjoy the familiar atmosphere and nice houses.

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