Krämerbrücke Bridge, Erfurt, Germany
The Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ bridge) is a medieval bridge in the city of Erfurt, in Thuringia, which is lined with inhabited, half timbered buildings on both sides. Originally constructed from wood, the bridge was first mentioned in 1117. It is unique in Europe.The footbridge spans the Breitstrom, a branch of Gera River, connecting Benediktsplatz and Wenigemarkt.
The bridge was built next to a ford and was part of the Via Regia, a medieval trade and pilgrims’ road network, which linked Rome with the Baltic Sea, and Moscow with Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. The Krämerbrücke is on the route from the river Rhine to Silesia, which was awarded the title of a European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in 2005. This is also one of the main routes of the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James pilgrimage.
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