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Old November 11th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #121
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Wonderful



Been to Gera and Gotha frequently during my studies in Cottbus.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #122
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Next stop Schmalkalden. Schmalkalden is a small town on the southern side of the Thuringian forest. The town is important for the Protestant reformation. In 1531 the Schmalkaldic League was established here, and later the Smalcald Articles were drawn up here by Luther and Melanchthon.








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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:09 PM   #123
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Courtyard of the castle:



This is the oldest profane mural painting (1250) in Germany, showing the Iwein saga:








Front of the castle:

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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:15 PM   #124
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Some Commie blocks:






Parts of this house are from the early 13th century:

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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:20 PM   #125
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This house is from 1350. During the meeting of the Schmalkaldic League in 1537 the Papal nuncio resided here:



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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #126
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The Commies didn't have the money to preserve the old towns of the country and replaced entire quarters with nice and shiny Commie blocks:

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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:25 PM   #127
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Melanchthon lived here:




And Luther here:





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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #128
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Now we reach the market square:








Town hall from the 15th century, the meeting place of the Schmalkaldic League:

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Old February 11th, 2010, 06:10 PM   #131
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Erfurt must be one of Europe's most beautiful cities.


I love this building!
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Old February 13th, 2010, 01:46 PM   #132
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Oh, I love Thüringen, it's my second favourite region in Germany (after Baden-Württemberg)

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/7590/schmalk028.jpg - children! It's very hard to meet children in former DDR
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I love this building!
Yeah, it's a pretty nice Jugendstil building. The Jugendstil in this part of Germany is usually rather modest. This building here looks like it was influenced by Hungarian secession, which was far more colourful and expressive.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 06:03 PM   #134
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I'm going to make a roundtrip in Germany by train, but with a very tight schedule, my only stop in Thuringia will be Nordhausen, to stay the night. Too bad...
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Great photos!
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Old February 18th, 2010, 06:36 PM   #136
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THis thread is soooooo BEAUTIFUL!!!! absolutly amazing photos!! thank you for sharing I cant wait to see your other threads and fotos! and i cant wait to visit these unknown places
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Did you make any photos of Weimar?
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Old February 21st, 2010, 12:07 AM   #138
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these places are simpy AMAZING!!!!
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Did you make any photos of Weimar?
Sure. I will add them sometime later.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #140
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^ That'd be really nett.


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Erfurt must be one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
It undoubtedly is. Especially if you like this kind of Central European, medieval townscape like I do. Similar to Prague or Görlitz. Just lovely.
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