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Even though visitors usually fall in love with my hometown, I was never a big fan of Erfurt, the city I grew up in. Sure, the town is pretty, with a magnificent cathedral, lots of historic churches and buildings that date back to medieval times and the famous Krämerbrücke, a bridge covered with inhabited half-timbered houses unique in northern Europe (and one of only three such bridges in the world) but growing up there made all these things seem rather normal and not special anymore. I also have to admit that I am just not a small town girl (even though others might not see 200,000 people as particularly small) and need a grittier environment than a picture-perfect city, which is why I never considered actually living here. After a month in Berlin and my quick getaway in Malta, I came here to visit family and friends before leaving Germany again, but hadn’t even gotten my camera out once since my arrival.
Having an out-of-town visitor in Erfurt last week finally gave me an excuse to do some ‘backyard touristing’ and the chance to explore my hometown through the eyes of a stranger and I re-discovered what a beautiful place it actually is. The sunny and warm spring weather added to the charming atmosphere and I found myself wishing I had more time to tour the city before I leave again in a couple of days. I still couldn’t picture myself living here, but I’d proudly show you around my town any time 🙂