Erfurt is the largest city in the state of Thuringia in central Germay.
It has a population of 211,113
The old town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Germany, you really feel like you are on a movie set while here
I couldn’t believe when I read this but there are 25 Churches in the city centre alone and when I counted the steeples from the castle walls I did count over 10 but didn’t know it would be that many in a small area
Unlike many other cities in Germany, it wasmt destroyed in WWII and we are so lucky to be able to enjoy the mix of medieval, baroque and neoclassical architecture mixed with modern buildings here
Main market square Infront of the cathedral complex, there was a cute little vegetable and fruit market set up with the country farmers coming into the city to sell their wares… Love how they still do such a thing
The weather here was just so on and off, it was hot one min and then cold the next so I always have to be on guard with a jacket, but a beer stop when it starts pouring is never a bad thing 🙂
The houses here are so cute too! They are different than the cities up north with the pastel coloured walls and all basically the same height they are just so cute to look at and every photo comes out like a postcard!
Kramerbrucke (Merchants Bridge)
A 15th century bridge is unique to this type of architecture, the bridge is totally covered by buildings and apparently you don’t see a lot of this in Germany. Walking across the bridge you see so many cute shops and looking up you see where people live and the building all have a crooked medieval look to them
Erfurt Cathedral complex
It’s a huge view walking up to these buildings! The photo does not do it any justice at all, the Cathedral on the left looks huge and looms over the square
This citadel is one of the best preserved town fortresses in Europe, it was huge! It’s 36 hectares in size to be exact and took.us a good 2hrs at least to walk around the whole complex (but we did take a lot of photos and explored as many tunnels and nooks as we could)
This place has such an interesting history! Building began by the Electorate of Mainz of the Roman Empire in 1665 and was built on the site of a Benedictine Monastery which date back to the 12th C.
The likes of Napoleon as well as Hitler, Prussia (1802) & Sweden at some stage have taken control and influenced the buildings and progression of the place at some point in history
We walked around the original walls (built 1665) which go on for over 2kms around the complex and had an awesome view of the city centre
There are tunnels built within these walls, they are called “listening tunnels” because there are no moats or trenches, the guards used to walk around and due to the way these tunnels were built the soldiers were able to listen to see if anyone was tunneling under / through the walls
I was already in awe after exploring the Cathedral complex but I couldn’t get sick of it seeing it from the walls of the castle
We walked through some of the tunnels connecting the seperate castles and other buildings in the complex, the way they are built blows my mind, the cobblestone and the sturdiness of the tunnel is brilliant, I really felt like I was back in the medieval ages
We decided to stay at the caravan park for the 2nd night tonight as it’s a great place, 10mins outside city centre with the tram (either #1 or 3), €10.30 for the 3 of us on the 1 ticket for a full day of travel, trams come every 3 or so minutes, so easy!
The sunset at 10pm tonight was gorgeous while I watched from my deck chair while reading my book 🙂
Slow day… 15,365 steps