For various reasons, cities and villages were founded along the banks of rivers.
Not only did they provide a way to transport people and goods, they also supplied drinking water, irrigation and food.
Sitting along the Gera River in the Thuringian region of Germany is Erfurt.
During the Middle Ages, Erfurt was a popular city on the trade route because of the ease in crossing the river. In fact, that is how the city got its name. The original name of the Erfurt’s river was the Erphes and furt means ford, which according to dictionary.com is “a place where a river or other body of water is shallow enough to be crossed by wading.” So you can see how the two were combined to make Erfurt!
While the name of the river didn’t stick, the name of the city did!
Although the Gera isn’t a large river, it is impossible to miss while in Erfurt. Just wander Erfurt and you’ll meet the waters of the Gera.
Today, rivers are enjoyed for different reasons. For me, rivers offer a sense of peace and calm. They’re great places to rest, walk, enjoy picnics and just take in the beauty surrounding you.
How do you enjoy rivers while traveling?