Erfurt (map) is a historic city in the central German state of Thuringia. Situated about 300km southwest of Berlin, Erfurt is famed for possessing 1 of the greatest preserved medieval city centres in Germany. If you have been following me for some time, you will know how considerably I appreciate medieval towns (such as these in Costa Brava or Bergamo in Italy), and Erfurt is a gorgeous instance! I visited the city as aspect of a tour exploring Bauhaus websites in Germany, and was truly bummed that we have been only spending a evening there. The sun was setting when we arrived so I immediately dropped my bag in the hotel area and joined a walking tour about Erfurt. Scroll down to see my photos taken through my evening stroll of medieval Erfurt.
From Anger, we created our way to the medieval centre of Erfurt. Our initially cease, the Krämerbrücke (Merchants Bridge), was each fascinating and charming. The Merchants Bridge, a medieval arch bridge, spans the Breitstrom, a branch of the Gera River. Constructed in the 14th century, the bridge functions a cobblestone street lined with beautiful half-timbered dwellings. If you didn’t see the bridge from the banks of the river and just strolled down the cobblestone street, you would have no thought that you have been crossing a bridge!
The buildings on the bridge are property to different shops and homes, some of which have been inhabited for far more than 500 years! That tends to make the Krämerbrücke 1 of the quite handful of bridges in the globe that is nonetheless inhabited!
From there, we created our way down to the Fischmarkt (Fish Marketplace), a lengthy square lined by stunning buildings like the Rathaus (City Hall).
We quickly arrived at the centre of medieval Erfurt, and arguably the most impressive square in the city: the Domplatz or Cathedral Square.
The square is property to St. Mary’s Cathedral, the oldest and biggest church developing in Erfurt. A church existed on this web-site in the 8th century but the present Gothic-style Cathedral with its Romanesque towers stems from the 14th century. Martin Luther was ordained right here in 1507. The Maria Gloriosa bell (from 1497) that hangs in the central spire is the largest medieval bell in the globe and nonetheless rings till this day!
Subsequent to the Cathedral, separated by an imposing staircase, is the St. Severus Church, with its equally-impressive spires.
Following that evening stroll about the centre of medieval Erfurt, I promised myself that I would return quickly! Initial of all, I want to see the city in daylight! And secondly, my study has revealed a city complete of historic and cultural attractions. If you are a fan of charming medieval towns and Art Nouveau architecture, add Erfurt to your list!
Pay a visit to Erfurt Tourism for far more information and facts.
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Note: my trip to Germany was created probable by the German National Tourist Board. As generally, all opinions expressed above are mine, and mine only.