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Erfurt: Martin Luther’s start at the Augustine Monastery

Petrikirche, Taufkirche, Eisleben, Saxony-Anhalt, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany,

Tracing Luther’s steps in 16 German cities (Reformation 500)

FEATURED: “Luther war hier. // Luther was here.” Eisleben, Germany (HL, 27 Oct 2016).

In pre-teen years, I attended a Catholic elementary school by weekday, and a missions-oriented Protestant church by weekend. I already had multiple questions running around my pre-scientist brain, like electrons appearing and dissipating in a fuzzy halo. When various disparate elements began to settle with few satisfying answers, I left behind the churches and their respective religions. But one thing that’s remained is my love of history. History has never been boring, because I carry the past (as offspring of immigrants), and I’m determined to bring history’s lessons into the present.

Even in youth, I had to ask: why was one set of churches called “Protestant”? What was under protest? How did one man help spark a movement that would help merge and create a version of a language that continues today, that would bring accessible means to literacy for the public, and that would begin to change rule by religion to rule by law?

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Erfurt: five KiKa characters as sculptures

Erfurt is the capital city for the state of Thuringia (Landeshauptstadt Thüringen) and is included among many in the Historic Highlights of Germany.

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

Bernd das Brot, KIKA-Figuren, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany,

Bernd the bread. Someone said this guy was terrifying. Please …

2. Kikaninchen

Kikaninchen, KIKA-Figuren, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany,

The little Kika rabbit

3. Käpt’n Blaubär und Hein Blöd

Käpt'n Blaubär und Hein Blöd, KIKA-Figuren, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany,

Captain Bluebear and Harry Dim

4. Die Maus und der Elefant

Die Maus und der Elefant, KIKA-Figuren, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany,

Mouse and elephant. And yes, the mouse is bigger than the elephant.

5. Das Sandmännchen

Das Sandmännchen, KIKA-Figuren, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany,

The little sandman

There are four additional figures around the city; check the following Erfurt map for kids, in German (Kinderstadtplan).

cmply/2 promo disclosure-badge verticalMy thanks to Germany Tourism, Thüringen Tourismus, and the Erfurt Tourism and Marketing Board for supporting and providing access to places and activities. I made the five photos above on 26 April 2015. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as
“Everybody … chill the bread … in der KiKa-Lounge …” (in German)
“The history of Germany …” (German, with English subtitles)

Erfurt: 12 stations on a walk through the Old Town

Weimar UNESCO WHS: Cranach Altar in City Church at Herderplatz

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