Universität Erfurt

Antike Kultur

Invitation

Kai Brodersen and his family invite you to stay in the "Haus zum Roten Schild" in Erfurt!

Erfurt (exactly 51°N 11°E and thus north-west of Munich, south-west of Berlin), a cathedral city and the capital of Thuringia, is a beautiful town, with a large unspoilt medieval and early modern (14th to 18th century) town centre. It also boasts a brand new opera house, and is less than 30 minutes by train from Eisenach, Gotha, Jena, and Weimar, less than 90 minutes from Goettingen, Halle and Leipzig, and less than 2.5 hours from Bamberg, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt and Wuerzburg. An hourly direct train service connects Erfurt with Frankfurt Airport.

The historic houses in Erfurt all have names (rather than numbers), referring to early house signs, so there's a "Haus zum Goldenen Stern" (golden star), a "Haus zur Arche" (ark), and a "Haus zum Roten Schild" (red shield or crest). It so happens that we as a family were able to buy the latter - a house built over a medieval vaulted cellar in the 16th century and changed in the 18th; it is now refurbished to a modern standard. The house is in the centre of the old city, some 10 minutes walk from the main train station, and next to the church in which J.S. Bach's parents were married - with the university just 5 tram stops away.

The historic university was founded in 1379 (the same year as New College Oxford), thriving in the late middle ages (a famous alumnus is Martin Luther), closed in the 19th century, and reopened in 1994, five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The University of Erfurt now covers most arts and humanities subjects, including theology, history, philosophy, languages, literature, religious studies, communication & media, pedagogics, education and teacher training, law, economics, politics and social sciences. The modern university library is ideal for these subjects; also, the library at nearby Gotha with important collections of medieval Western and Arabic manuscripts, and early modern printed books, as well as the Perthes collection of maps are part of the University of Erfurt.

In the "Haus zum Roten Schild" we can offer you a separate flat, consisting of three fully furnished smallish rooms (three single beds, one double bed) plus bathroom with shower and WC. We can also provide a larger flat in another historic house for families. In both, we provide a telephone connection, broadband and WiFi on a "flat rate" contract, and you are welcome to use our power adapters for UK or Australian plugs, a computer with a keyboard in QWERTY layout, a laser printer, a fax machine, internet radios for a constant live stream of BBC Radio 4 or your favourite station, as well as a virginal/spinet and a piano. We can also offer the use of our kitchen (including, of course, a supply of Marmite or Vegemite) and laundry facilities, plus all the support I as a professor of the university (and as its former president) can give at my university (there is even a Visiting Scholars scheme, which we can approach for funds).

If you are interested, simply write to kai.brodersen(at)uni-erfurt.de . Thank you!

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