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Gera Information Guide, Thuringen

Gera, the third-largest city in the German state of Thuringia (after Erfurt, the Thuringian capital, and Jena), lies in east Thuringia on the river Weiße Elster, approximately 60 kilometres to the south of the city of Leipzig and 80 kilometres to the east of Erfurt. Gera lies at a height of between 180 metres (the level of the White Elster river) and 354 m (1,161.42 ft) (when measured at Gera-Falka at the furthest southeastern point). Usually the height above sea level for the city appears as 205 m (672.57 ft) when measured at the market place. The largest city forest of all the towns of Thuringia, called the City Forest of Gera (Geraer Stadtwald), stands on the western edge of the city. Another forested tract borders on the northwest city boundary. The Zeitzer Forest in Saxony-Anhalt is situated just northeast of the city.

Main sights

  • Town Hall (1576, Renaissance)
  • Market Square with Simson-fountain
  • Osterstein Castle, Gera (largely destroyed 1945)
  • City Pharmacy
  • Theater (1902)
  • Villa Schulenburg, designed by Henry van de Velde
  • St. Johannis church (Neo-Gothic)
  • St. Salvator church (Baroque with Art Nouveau interior decoration)
  • St. Marien church (Late Gothic)
  • St. Trinitatis church (Late Gothic)
  • Old beer cellars called “Geraer Höhler”
  • Zoo Gera (since 1973)

Museums in Gera include:

  • City Museum
  • Otto Dix House
  • Art Galley “Orangerie”
  • Museum of Natural History (“Schreiber House”, the oldest building in the city), with its adjacent botanical garden, the Botanischer Garten Gera
  • Museum for Applied Arts (“Ferber House”), displays collections of Bauhaus ceramics by the artists Otto Lindig und Theodor Bogler; architectural works of Thilo Schoder; and photographs by Aenne Biermann.

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