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    Buy your stamps here

    by christine.j Written Aug 4, 2006

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    The main post office of Erfurt is in the centre of the town, in the walking area.It's the most magnificent post office I have ever seen. I don't know what this building used to be, maybe some VT members living in Erfurt can tell me.

    Some post office, isn't it?
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    St Mary's Cathedral and St Severi Church

    by aukahkay Written Feb 24, 2006

    Erfurt’s landmark is the unique ensemble of both the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) and the Severikirche (St. Severi Church) that majestically dominates the cityscape.
    Erfurt's St Mary's Cathedral is the most beautiful Church in Erfurt. Work on the cathedral began in 1154 as a reconstruction of a Romansque bascillica and completed in 1170. In 1968, the Neo-Gothic roof was removed and replaced by a new roof in Late Gothic style and is what stands today.
    St Severi Church is next to St Mary's Cathedral. Both monuments can be reached by climbing a flight of steps up Cathedral Hill.

    St Mary's Cathedral and St Severi Church
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    Krämerbrücke

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    You couldn't tell, just by walking through at street level, that this is a bridge with houses built on both sides. From this vantage point it looks just like a narrow street with half-timbered houses on both sides.

    Originally there were 62 houses on the bridge, but over the years some of them have been joined together so now there are only 32.

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    Krämerbrücke from above

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    The Krämerbrücke is a bridge over the river Gera in the center of Erfurt. The unusual thing about it, as you can see from the photo, is that there are houses on the bridge, on both sides of it.

    The bridge is 120 meters long, and they claim it is "Europe's longest inhabited bridge" and in any case the only inhabited bridge in Europe north of the Alps. It was built in 1325 to replace an earlier wooden bridge which had burned down.

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    The Gera River from above

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    Here is a view of the Gera River in the center of Erfurt, as seen from the tower of St. Aegidius Church.

    This river used to overflow its banks quite regularly, causing periodic floods of the city center. To prevent flooding, a canal was dug in 1898, parallel to the Stauffenberg-Allee, to carry off the excess water. (Look for "Flutgraben" on the city map.)

    The Gera River from above

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    St. Mary's Cathedral

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    The first known church on this spot was first mentioned in the year 742. The current cathedral was built in many different stages, beginning in the twelfth century and continuing more or less up to the present.

    The largest bell in this cathedral (in fact someone said on German television the other day that it is the largest in Europe) is the "Gloriosa", which is about 2 meters high and 2.57 m across. It was cast in July 1497 by a Dutch bell and cannon maker named Gerhardus Wou de Campis. This was actually the fifth recasting of this huge bell, since the other four had either burst or been destroyed by fire during the Middle Ages.

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    Ägidienkirche (St. Aegidius Church)

    by Nemorino Written Dec 7, 2004

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    For a small fee you can climb a narrow staircase up to the top of this church tower, past a large bronze bell which was cast in 1382. The bell is still rung sometimes, but there is a sign politely asking visitors not to ring it themselves.

    From the top you can get some good views of Erfurt.

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    Neue Mühle

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    The next time I go to Erfurt I am definitely going to take a tour of the New Mill, which is now a technical museum showing how grain milling used to be done, using water power, from around the 1880s.

    The exact tour times are written on a blackboard at the front entrance. Usually they are every hour on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m., except on Mondays.

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    The Gera River

    by Nemorino Written Dec 7, 2004

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    The river that flows through Erfurt is called the Gera, but the river that flows through the city of Gera, in the eastern part of Thüringen, is called the White Elster.

    So the city of Gera has nothing to do with the Gera River, and visa-versa. (Sorry, it took me a while to figure this out.)

    The Gera River

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    Anger

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    The Anger is one of Erfurt's main squares. All the streetcar lines cross here, so you can change here to get from anywhere to anywhere else in Erfurt.

    The name Anger has nothing to do with the English word anger. In German it is a regional word meaning meadow or village square, and it has been in use for this square in Erfurt since at least 1196.

    At Anger 35 there is a Service Center where you can get opera and theater tickets. It is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, and Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00. Telephone (03 61) 2 23 31 55.

    Anger

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    Kraemerbruecke

    by m-joy Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    The famous Kreaemerbruecke reminds you of the Ponte Veccio in Florence. It was made just of wood first time and finished in 1325. Now you find 32 lovely small houses in an ancient architectural style on it, crossing the little river that runs through Erfurt.

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    Dome St. Marien

    by m-joy Updated Jun 17, 2004

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    The highlight of Erfurt is the gigantic dome in the lovely small city. It was started as a romanic style dome in the 8th century but has been finished as a gothic church in the middel ages around 1400. It dominates the great place in front of it and is impressing especially at night when it can be seen from far away. Inside you find some nice window coulours and a huge hall.

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    The "Kraemerbruecke"

    by Knoto Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    Don`t miss these famous Bridge. It`s located in the middle of the Benediktsplatz and the Wenigemarkt.
    And I heared that these bridge is the only Bridge North of the Alps who is built up with buildings.

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    Walk around.

    by alectrevor Updated Mar 28, 2009

    A pleasant place to walk around, this is the statue to Martin Luther, who lived in Erfurt from 1505 to 1511 AD.

    Martin Luther statue.

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    Roland

    by evona Updated Jul 20, 2008

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    On the Fischmarkt opposite to the Town Hall there stands Roland, who actually represents a Roman. The statue was created by sculptor Israel von der Milla in 1591.

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