The Kleine Synagoge contains artifacts and pictures of the history of the Jews in this city. The Synagoge was built in 1840 in the Classic style. I don't know why the Synagoge is painted yellow. Perhaps because during WWII the identification of a Jewish person was the yellow star worn on the sleeve?
Let the world never forget what happened here lest we permit this to happen again (why does man allow this to occur?). The Iranian president wants people to forget!
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On Petersberg you will see one modern monument, too. It is very interesting by art. How the artist Thomas Nikolai created and how way he seen that theme of an unknown deserter in World War. Unusually, but fascinating. The one which is not in the row...
It made alot of discussions what means to be "not in the row" whilst thousands of other soldiers are fighting and lost their life. So often you find monuments about brave soldiers, which done their obligations. What was to be a deserter??
A concentration camp, just 30min away from Erfurt. As far as I know all school classes in Leipzig have to visit this former concentration camp at least once. So be prepared to see a lot of bored teenager here.
The exhibition is located in the former storage house. Inseide you see evidence of the Nazi crimes and life in the camp. The exhibition comprises objects, pictures and documents as well as biographies of the victims and the perpetrators. Accompanying texts and a visitors' guide to the exhibition are available in English.
May-September: 9.45am - 5.15pm
October-April: 8.45am - 4.15pm
This has been a city parish since 1223. Destroyed by fire, the church was rebuilt between 1409-1472 in the Gothic style. Between 1668-1822 the church fell under the administration of the Augustinnerordens. The church was site where the Mainzer Governor was named from 1664-1802.
A mass was being celebrated during my visit so I did not take any pictures inside the church.
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The original church was started in 1168 and administered by nuns of the Augustinerinnen (catholic nuns) kloster in 1196. The church was rebuilt in the second half of the 16 century. Between 1731-1735 the church was embellished with Barock designs. The kloster was annulled in 1879. The church has been a parish church since 1182.
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On 20 March 1850 the conference of the Northern Union Parliament and Central German states convened in Erfurt to advise on the Prussian draft constitution. The conference was held at the church of the Augustinerklosters (sorry no pictures). One of the delegates was count Otto von Bismarck. He resided at the Meadow 33. In 2004 the Bismarkturm Society had a statue of Bismarck designed by Christian Paschold.
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.
Not only the many churches makes that town unique.
Strolling across the town means to see many half-timered and historical homes. You should take a guide to know who lived therein in the past or what it was inside in the history. Also the houses belong the river Gera are romantic.
Charmingly town... indeed!
Official describe: "The Haus zum Sonneborn was built in 1536 and is now a registry office for civil marriage ceremonies. It is the so-called "wedding house". Its portal, the Renaissance paintings and the Bohlenroom (a kind of Renaissance ammunitions’ store) are of special interest."
Official describe: "Evidence for a Jewish settlement in Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, can be traced back to the 12th Century. The only piece of documentation from this time is the Middle High German "Erfurt Jewry Oath" (a formulary for oaths to be sworn by Jews). It was confirmed by archbishop Konrad I of Wittelsbach (1183–1200) during his second term of office as archbishop of Mainz....Earliest evidence for renewed Jewish presence in Erfurt comes from the chronicle of the monastery of St Peter. In 1354, according to the chronicler, two Jewish families came to Erfurt and were taken into the protection of the council. Soon afterwards the council financed a new synagogue building. The remains of this building revealed during excavations in the 1990s. By 1357, a new community had emerged. Within few years, it became one of the largest in the later medieval Empire"
Erfurt used to have a city wall around the old town, it was roughly the site of the very busy Juri-Gagarin-Ring now. There is only a short piece of the wall still standing, not really close to the major tourist sights in the old town. I wanted to see it so I walked up to it, but it's really not worth it. It's a very short part of the wall, behind a parking lot.
Erfurt has so many beautiful sights, but the wall is not one of them.
Tourists on their way to the cathedral will pass this museum, as it's somewhat hidden in a dusty yard. I had heard about it and absolutely wanted to go there. It's a museum built around a tree. There was an old oak tree and the house had been built around it. When the tree died a few years ago, it was preserved. So even today the main staircase winds around this tree, from the roots to the treetop, four stories high.
Aninals and plants native to the Erfurt area are on display there, also minerals and semi-precious stones. There is a large board where you can push buttons to hear the birds' songs, above it there are signs showing you which bird it is you're hearing.
The whole place has a somewhat old-fashioned touch, no modern experimental museum, but I liked it a lot.Of course, you have to be interested in the native flora and fauna, otherwise you'd be yawning all the time.
There is a special exhibition in the basement, Noah's Ark. The room has been shaped like a ship, the floor is moving and there are animals everywhere. It gives you an impression how stuffed and crowded it must have been in the ark.
Entrance fees are also old-fashioned, 1,50 Euro for the regular exhibition plus 1 Euro for Noah's Ark, children and students even less.
I was taking pictures when a staff member asked me if I had a photo permit. I hadn't, since I didn't know you were supposed to buy one. So I went up to the front desk and asked how much the permit was. I was afraid she'd say something like 10 Euro. But it was just 75 cent!
Various governments, both German and foreign, have used this building as their headquarters since about 1700. For instance it was the headquarters of the French occupying forces from 1806-1813, and even Napoleon lived here for a couple of weeks in 1808.
The American military government of this area was based in this building from April 12 to July 3, 1945. Then the borders were rearranged and 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.
Address: Regierungsstraße 73, 99084 Erfurt
This playhouse was used for many years by the city theater as its main venue for spoken drama. It now appears to be empty, and there has been some controversy of late about whether or not it should be torn down.
An alternative theater group called "Initiative Neues Schauspiel Erfurt" would like to take it over, but they have not (yet?) been able to convince the city council that this would be a good idea.
On September 15, 2004, exactly 110 years after its original opening, the Old Opera reopened as a privately operated theater with a revue called, appropriately enough, “The show must go on.”
They now offer a varied program (mainly on the weekends) of musicals, recitals and plays, mostly light comedies done by visiting theater troupes.
During renovation they increased the seating capacity from 700 to 970, so the Old Opera is now once again the largest theater in Erfurt as far as seating is concerned, since the new opera house only seats 800 in its main hall.
Address: Gorkistraße 1, 99084 Erfurt
Erfurt's original opera house, now the Alte Oper or Old Opera, was first opened in 1894. It survived the Second World War intact and was used as an opera venue more or less continuously until 1997, when it was condemned as a fire hazard. (Actually they went on using it for rehearsals for quite a while after that, even when public performances were no longer permitted in the building.)
After the city of Erfurt and the state of Thüringen decided to build the new opera house, the old one was slated to be torn down, and if you just looked at the back end you might think demolition was imminent. But in 2003 an entrepreneur named Wolfgang Staub, who also runs two other theaters in Erfurt and one in Zeitz, approached the mayor of Erfurt with an offer to restore the Old Opera for use as a private theater. Staub's company "DasDie" has renovated the inside of the theater and installed a modern fire extinguishing system, and they now have a twenty-year lease on the building.