Barfüsser Church in Erfurt

Barfüsser Church in Erfurt, Germany

During a stay at an IBIS hotel in Erfurt I had a very special view from my room: The ruins of the Barfüsserkirche, a church named after an order of the Franciscan (‘Barfüsser‘), which had been destroyed in 1944.


Petersberg Citadel in Erfurt

Petersberg Citadel in ErfurtThe Petersberg Citadel is a well-preserved city-fortress in the centre of Erfurt. It was hardly destroyed in wars and escaped the demolition in the 19th century. A tour along the old guard’s path provides insights into the fortress architecture and panoramic views of the city’s sights.

Public Art Sculptures

‘Die Sendung mit der Maus’ in Erfurt

Sculptures 'The program with the mouse' in Erfurt, Germany

These sculptures in Erfurt show two protagonists from the children’s show ‘Die Sendung mit der Maus‘ (The Show with the Mouse). Since 1971, this German TV series has been explaining complex facts in easy-to-understand terms. For entertaining the children, informative stories alternate with humourous clips.

Coat of arms Manhole Covers

Manhole cover in Erfurt

Manhole cover in Erfurt, Germany

The manhole covers in the Thuringian capital Erfurt show the city arms. The wheel in this coat of arms is derived from the Wheel of Mainz (Mainzer Rad). This is an indication of the time when Erfurt formed part of the archbishopric of Mainz.

Renaissance Signs

House sign ‘Zum Stockfisch’

House sign 'Zum Stockfisch' (To the Stockfish) in Erfurt, Germany

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.

Public Art Sculptures

Käpt’n Blaubär and Hein Blöd in Erfurt

Käpt'n Blaubär and Hein Blöd in Erfurt, Germany

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.

Railway Stations

Old railway station of Erfurt

Old railway clock tower of Erfurt, Germany

The first railway station building of Erfurt was in operation from 1846 – 1890. Today the tower is still in use as public clock but the main building hosts offices of the German Railways now.

Public Art Sculptures

‘The Little Sandman’ in Erfurt

Sculpture 'The Little Sandman' in Erfurt, Germany

‘Please take a seat but be careful don’t fall asleep!’ This sculpture named Little Sandman (Sandmännchen) refers to a German children’s bedtime television programme using stop motion animation. It happens to be that both parts of Germany, East and West, had broadcasted such a series with slightly different figures.


Krämerbrücke in Erfurt

Bridge covered with 32 inhabited houses: Krämerbrücke in Erfurt, Germany

The Krämerbrücke is a bridge covered with 32 inhabited, half-timbered buildings. Most of these buildings houses artisans’ and antique shops. In building N° 31 a permanent exposition informs about the past and present of the Krämerbrücke.

Architecture Gothic

Collegium Maius in Erfurt

Gothic windows of the Collegium Maius in Erfurt, Germany

The Colleqium Maius was used as main building of the Universität of Erfurt in the years 1392-1816. The windows depicted above were built in 1511/13. Nowadays they are part of a reconstruction as the original building was destroyed at the end of World War II.

Murals Street Art

Street art in Erfurt

Street art in Erfurt, Germany

Street art seen at a station of the local power supply company near the old city wall of Erfurt. I suppose these two guys are astronauts or – speaking in terms of East Europe – cosmonauts. It happens to be I came across more than one time such depictions of cosmonauts in Erfurt.

City Walls

City wall of Erfurt

11th century city wall of Erfurt, Germany

This pic show the remains of the oldest city wall (11th century) of Erfurt. The depicted wall, generally known as Innere Johannesmauer, had been demolished in 1875. Red and blue street name signs still give a hint which streets were inside or outside the city walls in earlier times.