town in Thuringia, Germany

Gera is a city in Thuringia in Germany.

Marketplace Gera

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By TrainEdit

Gera Hauptbahnhof (main station) is situated a 5-10 min walk from the City Centre, but just served by regional Trains. The trains are arriving from several directions, most connections go to Leipzig, Jena/Weimar/Erfurt, Saalfeld or Chemnitz, where you have access to long-distance traffic, others serve town like Altenburg or Greiz, sporadic connections to Regensburg or Göttingen.

The tram can be reached directly from the platforms.

By CarEdit

Gera has a direct connection to the west-east motorway (Autobahn) A4 (Frankfurt-Dresden), the interchange with the north-south motorway A9 (Berlin-Munich) is approx 15 km east. To reach the City take the exit Gera-Langenberg, which is approx 4 km in the north of the Center. There is also a gas station and a McDonalds, which is the best meeting point for shared rides and hitchhiking.

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  • town hall, Marktplatz. one of the biggest Renaissance town halls in Germany with a nearly 60 m heigh tower, built between 1573 and 1576. The Marktplatz itself forms a good ensemble of 18th century patricians houses in late-Baroque style.
  • Stadttheater, Küchengartenallee. the former royal Reussian theatre, built in 1902 by Heinrich Seeling in neo-Baroque style.
  • Stadtapotheke (city pharmacy), Marktplatz. a Renaissance building with a beautiful bay, established in 1592.
  • Küchengarten. with the Orangerie is a park ensemble west of the city centre, established in 1732 by the Reussians.
  • Höhler (A part can be visited via an entrance at Nicolaiberg 3.). a cellar system under the city centre with a length of approx. 9 km (6 mi), established in 17th and 18th century for storing beer.
  • Schloss Tinz. was the royal summer residence of the Reussians, built in 1748 in Baroque style with a surrounding park.
  • Schloss Osterstein. was the main royal residence of the Reussians, built during the 16th century in Renaissance style. It was hit by bombs in 1945 and partial demolished in 1962. Only the tower remained.
  • city wall. was demolished in the 19th century, only a small part at Stadtgraben remained.
  • St. Saviour's Church, Nicolaiberg. is the evangelical main church of Gera, built between 1717 and 1720 by David Schatz in Baroque style.
  • Trinity Church, Heinrichstraße. an evangelical parish church (since 1886), built between 1609 and 1611 as cemetery church.
  • St. John's Church, Clara-Zetkin-Straße. an evangelical parish church, built between 1881 and 1885 in neo-Gothic style.
  • St. Mary's Church (Untermhaus district). is the evangelical parish church of the former village Untermhaus, built around 1450.
  • St. Elizabeth's Church, Kleiststraße. the catholic parish church of Gera, built in 2000 in modern style as one of only few bigger new churches in Thuringia after 1990.
  • St. Martin's Church (Zwötzen district). an evangelical parish church, built in 1895 in neo-Gothic style.
  • Fourteen Holy Helpers Church (Langenberg district). is an evangelical parish church, was rebuilt during the 1750s.
  • Orangerie, Orangerieplatz. hosts an exhibition of art from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period.
  • Otto-Dix-Haus, Mohrenplatz. shows paintings of the Gera born painter Otto Dix as well as an exhibition about his life.
  • Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Greizer Straße. shows 20th century contemporary art (inside "Ferber House"). It displays collections of Bauhaus ceramics by the artists Otto Lindig und Theodor Bogler; architectural works of Thilo Schoder; and photographs by Aenne Biermann.
  • Museum für Naturkunde, Nicolaiberg. hosts a natural history exhibition (inside the "Schreiber House", the oldest building in the city), with its adjacent botanical garden, the Botanischer Garten Gera
  • Stadtmuseum, Museumsplatz. shows an exhibition of Gera's municipal history.
  • Haus Schulenburg, Straße des Friedens. is a factory owner's mansion, built in 1913/14 by the famous architect Henry van de Velde. It hosts topical furniture and decoration and can be visited.

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BudgetEdit

  • Pension Gleis 7 im Südbahnhof, +49 365 77316930.
  • Ferienwohnung Prüfer, Ruckdeschelstr. 26 (near Bahnhof Zwötzen), +49 365 37173.
  • Gästewohnung Simone Böhme, Colliser Str. 21 (Pforten, in Gessental direction Collis /Kaimberg), +49 365 7109713.
  • Ferienwohnung Am Zaufensgraben, Meuselwitzer Str. 103 A (Pforten), +49 365 7120029.

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