Medieval arch bridge Krämerbrücke crossing river Gera with half-timbered shops and houses in the city of Erfurt, Germany.

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Flanked by photogenic half-timbered houses on both sides, this charming 1325 stone bridge is the only one north of the Alps that's still inhabited. To this day people live above little shops with attractive displays of chocolate and pottery, jewellery and basic souvenirs. See the bridge from above by climbing the tower of the Ägidienkirche (Church of St Aegidius; open 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday) at its eastern end.

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1. Alte Synagoge

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2. Michaeliskirche

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3. Kunsthalle Erfurt

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Erfurt's most experimental art space offers a rigorously curated program of exhibitions, incorporating graphic art, audiovisual art and installations.

4. Stadtmuseum

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5. Augustinerkloster

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6. Angermuseum

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7. Museum für Thüringer Volkskunde

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8. Erfurter Dom

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Erfurt's cathedral, where Martin Luther was ordained a priest, grew over the centuries from a simple 8th-century chapel into the stately Gothic pile of…