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Gera can not be considered to be a typical tourist town. Nevertheless a visit can be a good experience if you are open minded and have special interests. When we traveled through Labrador we just loved it in Labrador City and had a great time there. A small team of German journalists on the other hand was only complaining that the mining of iron ore produces red dust and because of their laziness and sloppy trip preparation they only found fast food restaurants and nothing of interest.
I hope that you are different to those people and we try to help by providing some information about Gera.
Gera was first mentioned in the year 995 and became already in 1237 a town. Because of its location and accessibility by roads it became soon a center for trade and businesses settled here.
The market in Gera
The market in Gera
Later the town experienced severe damage. The first time in 1780 by fire, then by WWII.
Today Gera is with a population of around 105 000 the second largest city in Thuringia and still a place for business. Many renovations and construction work are going on. You should have seen Thuringia before the unification of Germany! The same applies for all of the former GDR.
The town hall
The entrance to the town hall
One of the most famous local people is the expressionist Otto Dix who was born in Untermhaus, close to Gera. He lived between 1891 and 1969. Many of his paintings have been destroyed during the "Third Reich", but you still can see much of his work and learn about his live in the "Otto Dix House" and the "Orangery".
If you want to see some of his pictures - please check the Internet.
Hans Dix Haus
Also young people are finding there way to the Hans Dix House
Another cultural attraction is the "Haus Schulenburg" which is open to the public since April 2007. This house was built between 1913 and 1914 by the Belgian architect Henry van der Velde for Paul Schulenburg who owned a textile manufacturing plant in Gera. The house has been being renovated to its original state. It hosts a private museum dedicated to van der Velde. Also many events take place there.
I am looking forward to visit Gera in future and do more exploration and taking my own pictures.
All pictures in this site are property of the city of Gera and of the Haus Schulenburg. Many thanks.
Haus Schulenburg became very fast an attraction for many people who are interested in art and cultural events.
If you are interested visiting Gera please contact them. There is always something interesting going on.
I am getting their regularly newsletter and I would love to go to some of their events. But it should be something which Elizabeth can understand and enjoy. She loves music and I am sure she would love to spend an evening there.
Gera has many English information in its printed catalogues. I found so many things to do and to see when we visit this culture loaded town and its surroundings.
But don't be afraid - you also can have fun in Gera and use up your shopping budget. The picture on you left side shows a new shopping center, called "Gera Arcaden". It reminds me of the famous "Eaton Centre" in Toronto, but naturally it is much smaller and there is no underground shopping.
Gera is also still well know for the good beer which is brewed here. I would like to join a tour through the old beer cellars called "Geraer Höhle" and combine it eventually also another tour - the "Dark Beer Tour".
Just visit or contact the tourist office for more and actual information. Participate in one of the guided tours - I hope that some of them are also available in English. The could be a nice job for students!
The best part of the dark beer tour
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