Frizztext’s A to Z Challenge: E is for Erfurt

today on Frizztexts A to Z challenge, we are on the letter E…. in my travels, I have visited the East End of London, Eisenach, Elend…and actually, not that many more ‘E’s.

But I have been to Erfurt,the capital of the Thuringia region of Germany. the medieval centre of this city has some wonderful timber-framed buildings. And a point of historical note – Martin Luther attended the university here from 1501. More on this city here.

So onwards to a couple of images of the most important landmark in Erfurt, the Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ Bridge) an arched stone bridge over the river Gera. It was constructed in 1325…


On the Krämerbrücke


View across to the Krämerbrücke

Hop over to Frizztext for more on E


  1. That’s a fascinating bridge which I didn’t know about. Nothing like that in these parts.

    • I’ve tried to pick places that are off the beaten track to a lesser or greater extent in my A to Z choices, and perhaps inspire one or two people to visit…who knows?

  2. Elend?? In German, that means ‘misery’. Wouldn’t want to live there 😉

    Nice unpeopled pics!

    • Was it you who commented on my use of invented words ‘unpeopled’?! Glad you like the images… Oh, and I’ve only been through Elend on the train, and certainly wouldn’t want to live in a place with that name…Sorge (sorrow, I think) is just up the line…. Those places were on the border between East and West Germany in the communist era

      • Oh my!!! I need to look at a map…
        Yes, we’ve had that conversation re. pics with no/few people on them, I also prefer taking mine that way.

      • Elend and Sorge are in the Brocken region…. And apropos unpeopled, I like no people unless they are part of the scene, eg a lively market. And, of course, I like to have just one person in shot at times. I have been going through potential shots for my ‘one’ series, and I might have to increase the frequency of posts!!

      • Yeah, sometimes people is what makes the picture. Depends on the context. A deserted market would be eerie 😉

      • Hmmmm….make a good start for a set of eerie, horror mages… First,find your deserted market

  3. This looks like a very interesting place architecturally. Nice photos!

    • Thanks Jude… I would love to go back to that area, but suspect it probably won’t happen. These images are more than a decade old, scanned from slides. I was pleased I managed to give them a bit of ‘verve’ after scanning (they can look rather flat sometimes).

  4. Interesting photos and dialogue, Sue. I also like your ides for series shots … 😉


    Simply beautiful Sue!!!

  6. Looks a wonderful place Sue – how is it these German towns always look so much neater and tidier than our own.

  7. Suzanne

    What a fascinating looking place. It looks like something out of a fairytale.

  8. Pardon my ignorance, Sue. I thought you were purposefully misspelling effort 🙂

  9. the town Erfurt (not effort) is now for me unforgettable connected with the awful school massacre there, what an Elend!

  10. It has a very medieval look about it. You must’ve been out and about early to get a photo with no people Sue.

  11. I’ve been to the Krämerbrücke so many times! I used to live in Weimar, just up the road.

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