February 21, 2018

Beer & Gossiping during Medieval Times!

While visiting Erfurt Germany I was struck by a few accoutrements on the medieval buildings that still adorn the streets of this Thüringen city.  For Travel Photo Thursday I’m sharing two interesting medieval architectural features.

Back in the day brewing rights were given to certain buildings in the city.  In fact, during the 16th century there were more than 600 small breweries in Erfurt!

Beer Sign Erfurt Germany

Fresh beer is sold here today!

With so many breweries, it makes sense they would limit the days each brewer could sell beer.  To alert the citizens of Erfurt that fresh beer was available the brewer would place a small bundle of straw in an opening on the front of the building (look above the window to the  right of the door).

Gossip Seats on Medieval buildings Erfurt Germany

Or maybe the very first smoking area!

The next architectural addition to the façades of medieval buildings that I found very interesting was the “Klatschstein” or so called gossip seats. Look closely and you’ll see two nooks on either side of the front door.  This is where citizens or merchants could sit and gossip about the folks passing by!  Was this the start of the Enquirer?

Gossip and Beer Erfurt Germany

Gossip while drinking beer!

What interesting architectural features
have you seen during your travels?



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Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people at the Erfurt Tourist Office!  For more information please contact either organization or visit their websites.  Even though my trip was paid for by these organizations, all opinions are my own.

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  4. Denise says:

    haha I love the idea of the gossip seats!

  5. 600 breweries is a lot for a town of any size! The gossip seats are a very cool. Very possibly the beginning of the Enquirer. 🙂
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  6. I love those architectural details on the buildings. That is a lot of breweries and must have made for a very happy and beer smelling town. I never would have figured those as gossip seats passing by. I would have thought they were plant stands 🙂 It’s a great way to people watch though.
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  7. Dick Jordan says:

    Interesting bit of history nicely illustrated with your photos.

  8. Always fun to find bits of history like this…especially when it involves beer:)
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  9. I love how European cultures preserve their storied pasts and continue the time-honored traditions such as the straw bundles you mention above. What a fascinating insight into the history of Erfurt! Beautiful pics as always my friend!
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  10. jade says:

    I love the rounded doors and flowers in the windows. Barcelona and London both have beautiful design elements on their windows. Great shots!
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  11. Nancie says:

    Beautiful shots Debbie. Very interesting; I had no idea.
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  12. Wow, I can’t imagine so many breweries in one place. They must have been drinking beer for water!
    I love the details on those medieval buildings. Lovely finds, Debbie!
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  13. icoSnap says:

    Such beautiful medieval architectural buildings 🙂
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  14. Lynne says:

    Interesting – I’ ve got to pay more attention…
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  15. Leigh says:

    Those are two architectural features I’ve never heard of. It’s hard to imagine how much beer must have been consumed with 600 breweries in business!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The beer was better than the water! That is a lot of breweries which is why they didn’t let them all sell on the same day.

  16. Muza-chan says:

    I love medieval towns!
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  17. I guess microbreweries were the only way to go back then. I think I would have always been sitting in one of those gossip seats. Glad you pointed them out. I would have never guessed that it was someplace to sit.
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  18. How cute! I wonder if those seats were always occupied!
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