Wander this medieval bridge and visit its half-timbered houses on both sides of a cobblestone street. It is one of the few remaining bridges in the world that have inhabited buildings. Also known as Krämerbrücke, it stretches over the Gera river, offering local cuisine and souvenirs. From end to end, the bridge is 125 m long in total and has six visible barrel arches ranging from 5.5 to 8 m wide. The limestone and sandstone construction were built in 1325 and is still an important place for locals, as well as being one of Erfurt's most popular tourist sights. In the "Haus der Stiftung," there is a permanent exhibition about the history of the bridge that you can visit.
Merchant's Bridge History
The Krämerbrücke (Merchant's Bridge) is located in the city of Erfurt, the region of Thuringia, Germany, and is an important avenue for the local residents and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The bridge is still in the same use as it has been five centuries ago, and more than 80 people are living in the houses above the street level, making it the longest series of inhabited buildings on any bridge in Europe. The shops at the street level are hosting businesses such as specialist food outlets, antique shops, wine merchants, art galleries, cafes and many more, making the street a cozy place for the locals and tourists. One of Erfurt's main landmarks, and the most interesting secular construction in the city, the bridge has a fascinating history, starting initially as a wood bridge but rebuilt in stone in 1325 with more than 62 buildings along and 125 meters length. Following the next centuries, the bridge had gradually become an important trading point for merchants where goods such as paper, silk, spices and oriental perfumes were sold. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the St. Benedict's Church was sold and demolished to build a new house and to enable the construction of town hall bridge (Rathausbrücke). During War War II some of the buildings have been destroyed by an allied air raid, so that later to be rebuilt and restored by the East German Government.
Traditional crafts, cafes and boutiques
Find exotic fabrics from all over the world, experience local cuisine, browse the charming shops selling regional wares, and immerse in the cozy atmosphere that the colorful old buildings and the friendly locals create. Strolling on this bridge will give you a sense of life in the Middles Ages.