Kirchengasse in Erfurt

A lane named Kirchengasse in Erfurt, GermanyThis romantic lane in Erfurt named Kirchengasse is located next to the monastery of St. Augustine (Augustinerkloster) where Martin Luther stayed as monk in the years 1505-1512.


Comthurhof in Erfurt

Renaissance windows and coat of arms at the 16th century Comthurhof in Erfurt

The Comthurhof was errected in 16th century in the style of Renaissance and was owned by the Teutonic Order. Today it houses flats and offices.

Museums Renaissance

Municipal museum of Erfurt

Municipal museum of Erfurt inside a 17th century Renaissance building in Thuringia, Germany

The municipal museum (Stadtmuseum) of Erfurt is placed inside a 17th century Renaissance building. The present-day function of the building is indicated by eleven red cubes showing the letters S T A D T M U S E U M. At the portal of the edifice there is a nice house sign featuring a stockfish.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Erfurt

Coat of arms of Erfurt, Germany

The coat of arms of Erfurt seen at the balcony of the Angerermuseum. It shows a silver wheel with six spokes on a red background. The similarity to the Wheel of Mainz (Mainzer Rad) reminds of the fact that Erfurt was part of the Electorate of Mainz until 1802.


Kaisersaal in Erfurt

Kaisersaal in Erfurt, Germany

Today the Kaisersaal (Emperor’s Hall) serves as a venue for conferences and cultural events. In the past the place saw historic meetings like the Congress of Erfurt (1808) with Emperor Napoleon I and Tsar Alexander I as participants. Another important moment was the SPD congress in 1891 which formulated the Erfurt Program.


Street name signs in Erfurt

Red and blue street signs in Erfurt, Germany

There are telling street name signs in Erfurt: Streets with red signs are located inside the former city walls, blue ones are outside. The Juri-Gagarin-Ring, named after a sucessful Russian cosmonaut, follows the route of the demolished city wall to a great extent.


House ‘Zum Breiten Herd’ in Erfurt

House 'Zum breiten Herd' in Erfurt, Germany

The house Zum Breiten Herd (to the wide stoven) in one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Erfurt. It is located at the former fish market (Fischmarkt) of the city. In the five fields below the first row of windows you can spot depictions of the five senses.


‘Bernd das Brot’ in Erfurt

Sculpture of 'Bernd, das Brot' in Erfurt, Germany

May I introduce you to Bernd das Brot (Bernd the Bread), a cult figure of the German children’s television channel Ki.KA. As the Ki.KA is based in Erfurt you can see several famous children’s stars like the Sandman or the Mouse.


House to the black bugle in Erfurt

'House to the black bugle' in Erfurt, Germany

In 1518 German mathematician Adam Ries went to Erfurt and ran a mathematics school there. At the ‘House to the black bugle’ (Haus zum Schwarzen Horn) two of his mathematic books were published by printer Mathes Maler.


Johannes Lang House in Erfurt

Smithery at the Johannes Lang House in Erfurt, named after a companion of Martin Luther

Smithery at the Johannes Lang House (Johannes-Lang-Haus), named after an important Protestant reformer and companion of Martin Luther. Today the building houses a venue for events and conferences.


Beef-rouladen Thuringian style in Erfurt

Beef-rouladen Thuringian style in Erfurt, Germany

A traditional Thuringian dish are beef-rouladen served with red cabbage, Thuringian dumblings, and some gravy for pouring over the meat. The Thuringian dumblings (Thüringer Klöße) are made of potatoes generally filled with croutons.


Mikveh of Erfurt

13th century mikveh in Erfurt, Germany

Next to the famous bridge with 32 inhabited houses (Krämerbrücke) and not far away from the Old Synagogue (11th century) you can find a mikveh (Mikwe) dating back to the 13th century. The pic above shows the modern museums building covering the old mikveh.