19 Sep 2017

Finding the KiKa characters in Erfurt

Finding the Kika characters statues in Erfurt

From Leipzig I made my way to Erfurt where I had to go in search for the different KiKa characters statues that can be found all over the city.

KiKa is the name of a German TV channel for kids and I had to find 7 statues of cartoon characters that are or were very popular on the show.



I reached out with a video on Facebook and I quickly got all the different KiKa spots in Erfurt!




They really are spread over the city so let me show you where I found them.

Bernd das Brot

You can find him on the side of the city hall in Erfurt. He's a puppet character and cult figure style the muppets that entertained many German children.

Bernd das Brot on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/5ZePrFuTsB12

The Social Traveler & Bernd das Brot aka Bernd the bread hanging out in Erfurt


Bernd das Brot aka Bernd the bread in Erfurt

Erfurt city hall
The beautiful city hall of Erfurt

Die Tigerente 

Tigerente aka Tiger duck is a character created in the books of Janosh a German author. It's pulled around on a string by various characters in his books :-)

Die Tigerente on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/J6wMErkKxTC2

The Social Traveler catches Die Tigerente in Erfurt

Die Tigerente aka Tiger Duck in Erfurt


Käpt'n Blaubär und Hein Blöd

Captain Blue Bear is created by Walter Moens and was also a big star on KiKa TV. I found him on one of the cute canals in Erfurt. From there I made my way to the famous Krämerbrücke aka Merchants bridge which is a unique piece of medieval architecture.

Captain Blue bear on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Ska3gZdE9YF2

Käpt'n Blaubär und Hein Blöd with The Social Traveler

Canal of Erfurt


The Krämerbrücke aka Merchants bridge in Erfurt

Sandmaenchen

On the other side of The Krämerbrücke aka Merchants bridge I found Sandmännchen aka sand man who is a stop motion character from a bedtime television program on KiKa TV. He's based on the Ole Lukøje character by Hans Christian Andersen and he send me to dream land in no time. ;-)

You can find him here on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/rmVXmxSE6iC2

The Social Traveler & Sandmännchen aka sand man in Erfurt


Kikaninchen

A little bit further I bumped into Kikaninchen aka KiKa rabbit. Kikaninchen has his own TV show on KiKa and together with his friends he discovers the world. A bit like how I'm traveling ;-)

Find Kikaninchen here: https://goo.gl/maps/8oSnvCDs97w

The Social Traveler & Kikaninchen in Erfurt

Not so far away from Kikaninchen the alley below led me to a monastery that had a big importance for the reformation movement of Martin Luther.


It's in the monastery below that Martin Luther started preaching his different ideas about believe and the church. Protestantism in the making.

Martin Luther's monastery aka St. Augustine's Monastery in Erfurt

Inside Martin Luther's monastery aka St. Augustine's Monastery in Erfurt

Martin Luther's monastery aka St. Augustine's Monastery courtyard in Erfurt

What's really cool in Erfurt is that you find modern and medieval architecture side by side. You really discover something beautiful around every corner.

modern and medieval architecture side by side in Erfurt


Die maus und der Elefant

The Mouse and the Elephant are a cartoon in which the Mouse has to tackle different problems on his way. He then sometimes gets help from his trusted Elephant :-) 

I found them at the start of the shopping area in Erfurt: https://goo.gl/maps/tic8yGcvGLz

The Social Traveler with Die maus und der Elefant in Erfurt


The shopping street has many architectural gems to discover. Make sure you look up ;-) 


Tabaluga
 

This little green dragon is created by German rockstar Peter Maffay. He's the last dragon on earth and kids can follow his adventures on KiKa TV.

Find him near here: https://goo.gl/maps/MFGhBmqF7Bw

Tabaluga in Erfurt

The Social Traveler & Tabaluga in Erfurt

Thüringer Staatskanzlei in Erfurt



I found most of the KiKa characters in the old town of Erfurt but there are 2 more gems to be found just a bit outside the center. That's the Petersberg citadel and of course the Erfurt Cathedral.

Petersberg Citadel in Erfurt
The Petersberg Citadel is a well preserved town fortress from Napoleanic times.

There's a network of dungeons below that you can actually go visit!

From there I saw the Erfurt cathedral


Erfurt Cathedral Dom