Thüringer Zoopark

Thüringer Zoopark, Erfurt

Erfurt is the capital of the federal state of Thuringia and of course it needs to have a zoological garden. The Zoopark Erfurt is located on the Roter Berg (‘red mountain’) north of the city. It was opened in 1959 and is a home for 1,000 animals of more than 130 species. In contrast to other zoological gardens in Germany it is rather young, but you can see a lot of change there caused also by the end of the GDR.

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Zitadelle Petersberg, Erfurt

I’ve been to Erfurt multiple times, I’ve visited the Domplatz and the cathedral and I’ve always ignored the citadel next to it on the 231 meters high Petersberg mountain. I’ve not even seen it. Don’t do the same mistake as the fortification offers nice views on the city and different beer gardens to enjoy life. The Zitadelle Petersberg was created from 1665 on to prevent resistance against the Electorate of Mainz (whom the city belonged to after the Peace of Westphalia) and to suppress protestant forces.

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Stets gern für Sie beschäftigt

Urns, Topf & Söhne, Erfurt

During Nazi times many Germans became guilty by working for or collaborating with the regime. But where does personal responsibility begin? That is a question that becomes evident when visiting the Erinnerungsort Topf & Söhne at Erfurt. It is located in the administrative building of a factory founded in 1878 by Johann Andreas Topf. It produced brewery machines, ventilation systems and ovens.

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Like Firenze

Krämerbrücke, Erfurt

The Krämerbrücke is a bridge with multiple houses on it in Erfurt, Germany. According to the word “Krämer”, meaning grocer, a lot of merchants were located here. It is one of the town’s landmarks and it reminded me much of the wonderful Ponte Vecchio in Firenze, Italy. Even though it is less high and there isn’t so much water running under it – the Breitstrom, a part of the river Gera is just a small flow.

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Moaning with Bernd

Bernd das Brot, Erfurt

All around Erfurt, Germany you will find statues of characters from television series for children – this is because of the fact that Erfurt is home to the German children television channel (“Kinderkanal“, KiKa). One of the most visited is that of “Bernd das Brot“, a grumpy and depressive tin loaf located at the fish market close to the city hall.

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Humid tropics

egapark, Erfurt

The egapark in Erfurt, Germany is a landscape and garden park with some special features. It is 36 hectare large and has been built on the ground of an old castle and fortification. It was opened in 1950 with a first horticultural show and from 1961 on the Internationale Gartenbauausstellung (iga), an international garden show of the socialist states was located here.

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Erfurter Dom

Dom, Erfurt

The cathedral of Erfurt, Germany is a huge catholic church located on a hill in the center of the city. Next to it the Severinskirche can be found. It is said that the building dates back to the year 725 CE. During the many years different changes have been applied to the building, mostly gothic style elements have been added.

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First German-German meeting

Erfurter Hof, Erfurt

When you leave the main railway station of Erfurt, Germany you’ll immediately see a building with the words “Willy Brandt ans Fenster” (“Willy Brandt to the window”) on top. It is the Erfurter Hof, a former hotel in which the very first steps towards the German reunification were made. On the 19th of March, 1970 the chancellor of the FRG, Willy Brandt, met here with the prime minister of the GDR, Willi Stoph.

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