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!
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).
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?
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.