Bike Touring Highlight
The Krämerbrücke is Erfurt's oldest secular structure and is one of the city's most famous landmarks, with two-sided, enclosed bridge buildings with half-timbered houses. It is the longest continuously built with houses bridge in Europe. The pedestrian bridge spans the here called Breitstrom Gera and connects the Benediktsplatz in the old town center with the Wenigemarkt in the eastern Old Town extension (Wikipedia).
Today, there are mostly shops for handicrafts and antiques in the 32 houses. Except for the houses 15, 20, 24 and 33, all buildings are owned by the city of Erfurt. The building was and is a tourist magnet.The city of Erfurt maintains a foundation for the preservation of this unique monument, the Krämerbrücke Foundation. In the house of the Krämerbrücke 31 foundation informs a permanent exhibition with a Krämerbrückenmodell on a scale of 1: 100 on the history and present of the Krämerbrücke as well as on the foundations active for the building ensemble:
Due to its special significance for the history of the city and the general history of the building, the Krämerbrücke also received special monuments in the GDR. Thus, from 1967 to 1973, all houses were restored. Extensive repairs of the vault bridge took place in 1985/1986 and 2002. Since then, the construction of vehicles with a maximum axle load of 11 tons has been permitted.
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