As a self-described hub for children’s media, Erfurt is headquarters for the German Children’s Channel, or der KInderKAnal, better known in short as KIKA. In commemoration of the channel’s tenth anniversary in 2007, sculptures representing well-loved KIKA characters sprung to “life” around town.
Kids of all ages can now cross the city looking for KIKA characters. My personal favourite is Bernd das Brot (Bernd the bread), a grumpy loaf and reluctant star of late-night tedium … “in the KIKA lounge …” It’s easy to assume I would’ve incorporated a part of the KIKA lineup as part of my early German-language instruction. The truth is there were too many late-nights in my dark one-room apartment with a small television for illumination, and more often than not, crusty Bernd was present (on continuous loop). Like a loaf of bread’s “heel” or end piece that’s undesired and ignored, it’s always there if you need it …
1. Bernd das Brot
3. Käpt’n Blaubär und Hein Blöd
4. Die Maus und der Elefant
5. Das Sandmännchen
There are four additional figures around the city; check the following Erfurt map for kids, in German (Kinderstadtplan).