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"Kramerbrucke" Top 5 Page for this destination Erfurt Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Erfurt Things to Do: 216 reviews and 563 photos

  Looking eastward towards the church
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  • Looking eastward towards the church - Erfurt
      Looking eastward towards the church
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  • along the spans - Erfurt
      along the spans
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  • The merchants' bridge, still standing - Erfurt
      The merchants' bridge, still standing
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  • Spans dating from 1325 - Erfurt
      Spans dating from 1325
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  • The far end seen in detail in previous page - Erfurt
      The far end seen in detail in previous page
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"The longest row of inhabited buildings in Europe" is the claim of Kramerbrucke. Its original ancestor was a wooden affair (rebuilt several times) to allow the Gere to be crossed in time of flood, a not infrequent occurence. In 1325 a stone bridge was built and merchants seized the opportunity and set up stalls straight away until a fire in 1472 when the bridge was added to and given its present width of 18 metres.
Its 120 metre length was just room enough for 64 houses, today joined together so there's only half that number and, I have to say, they still look narrow to me.
At both ends of the spans there used to be churches but only the eastern church of St. Aegidius survives, the western Benedictine church being pulled down in the 19th century.
Originally merchants sold luxury goods such as spices and medicines, dyestuffs, silk, precious metals and paper.
Today you'll find tourist shops, at times with garish souvenirs, lining both sides of this atmospheric structure and note the diversity of imaginative names for the individual buildings. I ate at one of the cafes for two reasons, (a) because I was thirsty and hungry and (b) I was curious to see just what it was really like inside. I can recommend this activity.

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  • Written May 25, 2007
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