Merchants' Bridge - Krämerbrücke
One of the landmarks of the city of Erfurt is the Merchants' Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe with buildings that are inhabited.
The Merchants' Bridge was initially made of wood and then of stone in 1325. It is 120 metres long and originally 62 narrow houses were built on it, which were later converted into 32. Formerly, there was a church at each of the two ends of the bridge and the Aegidien Church on the eastern side still exists today.
There are galleries and boutiques on the bridge today. You can watch Thuringian master craftsmen at work, and ceramics, porcelain, wood carvings, indigo prints and Lauscha glass are popular souvenirs. There are coffee houses, wine traders and delicatessens with Thuringian specialities to tempt you to stay a while.