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August 29, 2021

Erfurt in 1990 Through Fascinating Photos

Erfurt is the capital and largest city in the state of Thuringia, central Germany. It is located in the southern part of the Thuringian Basin, within the wide valley of the Gera river. It is located 100 km (62 mi) south-west of Leipzig, 300 km (186 mi) south-west of Berlin, 400 km (249 mi) north of Munich and 250 km (155 mi) north-east of Frankfurt. Together with a string of neighbouring cities Gotha, Weimar, Jena and others, Erfurt forms the central metropolitan corridor of Thuringia called Thüringer Städtekette (German "Thuringian city chain").

Erfurt’s old town is one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Germany. Tourist attractions include the Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ bridge), the Old Synagogue, the ensemble of Erfurt Cathedral and Severikirche (St Severus’s Church) and Petersberg Citadel, one of the largest and best preserved town fortresses in Europe.

The city’s economy is based on agriculture, horticulture and microelectronics. Its central location has led to it becoming a logistics hub for Germany and central Europe. Erfurt hosts the second-largest trade fair in eastern Germany (after Leipzig) as well as the public television children’s channel KiKa.

From 1949 until 1990, Erfurt was part of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). These fascinating photos were taken by Peter Hilgers that show what Erfurt looked like in 1990.

1 comment:

  1. Until now, no one--absolutely NO ONE--has ever used the word "fascinating" in the same sentence as the word "Erfurt".
    And now you know why.
    WTF are the editors here smoking???




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