A challenge for attentive walks are the quotes on the house walls of Weimar. They inspire not only to look on gables, but also to reflect. This quote from Jules Renard made me pensive: “If you know life, please give me its address” (Wenn Sie das Leben kennen, geben Sie mir doch bitte seine Anschrift). What exactly makes us think we know life? [German]
This manhole cover near Friedenstein Castle (Schloss Friedenstein) in Gotha shows the coat of arms of Thuringia. With the inscription it promotes the foundation “Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten“. This foundation, based at Heidecksburg Castle, takes care of about thirty castles, monasteries and parks in Thuringia. [German]
This house sign is placed at a Renaissance building in Erfurt, generally known as the Haus zum Stockfisch (House to the Stockfish). Present-day this edifice houses the municipal museum of Erfurt. [German]
The Cranachhaus (Cranach House) with the number 11 is the left of two nearly identical buildings on the market square of Weimar. It was built in the years 1547 to 1549 by the Renaissance architect Nikolaus Gromann for the ducal chancellor Christian Brück. [German]
These sculptures on the river Gera in Erfurt represent Käpt’n Blaubär and Hein Blöd. Both were stars in a German children’s comedy television series. Käpt’n Blaubär (Captain Bluebear) also appeard in the educational children’s television series Die Sendung mit der Maus.
This manhole cover in the streets of Erfurt shows the emblem of the city. The emblem looks similar to the Wheel of Mainz. As a matter of fact Erfurt has been linked to the Electorate of Mainz for many years. [German]
This pigeon is member of a breed living within the walls of Wartburg Castle in Eisenach. According to legend this breed was part of the dowry, Elisabeth of Hungary brought to the castle after her wedding with Louis IV, Landgrave of Thuringia.
View of Friedenstein Castle (Schloss Friedenstein) taken from the staircase of the Ducal Museum of Gotha. The early Baroque palace was built in the mid-17th century by Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha. It is notable for hosting the Ekhof-Theater, which is still featuring the original Baroque machinery for changing the scenery. [German]
These sculptures refer to a highly acclaimed children’s series on German television named ‘Die Sendung mit der Maus‘ (‘The program with the mouse’). In these series the mouse talked in a very fun way about topics such as ‘How to make electricity from lemons, enough to light a light bulb’.