From the Krämerbrücke you can turn down into Michaelisstrasse, which has been called the "stone chronicle of Erfurt".
Reminiscent of this stone chronicle are many of the historical houses.
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The "Grüne Apotheke" (18th century) and the "Haus zur hohen Lilie" (1538) are two fine examples of the buildings in this area.The entrance to "Marktstrasse", which formed one axis of the "via regia" (the Royal Route) and thus became an ideal point of congregation for traders, is situated on the east side of the extensive cathedral square.The western part of the Baroque façade together with the official portal is of great architectural interest. It was also here that the historical meeting between Napoleon and Goethe took place.Guests who came to this house included Schiller, Herder, W. The Fischmarkt is located at the historical intersection where the "via regia" (the Royal Road) met the old north-south trading route.
Besides the town-hall, there are several beautiful Renaissance houses in the same area such as the "Haus zum roten Ochsen" (1562) and the "Haus zum Breiten Herd" (1584) as well as a statue of St. The statue was nicknamed "Roland" by the people of Erfurt.Only parts of the fortification were open to the public in 1964, but after 1990 it was extensively renovated.Today the greater part of the casemates, esplanades and bastions inside the fortification area are now open to visitors.The Krämerbrücke / Merchants’ Bridge is Erfurt’s most interesting example of secular architecture.This arched stone bridge was constructed in 1325 over the river Gera where the original ford was located along the "via regia" trading route.A wide and impressive open-air stairway leads up from the market square to the cathedral itself and to the Church of St.