Brühler Garten

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The Brühler Garten in September 2011

The Brühler Garten is a small park in the old town of Erfurt . It is located in Brühl in the south-west of the city center.


The Brühler Garten covers only about 1.5 hectares and is one of the smaller parks in Erfurt. It is shaped by the old avenue that crosses it. The avenue is complemented by a square system from the 1960s in the sense of a culture park . Today the Brühler Garten serves as a shady recreational area for the surrounding city district.

On its southern edge, the tram line 2 runs at the Königin-Luise-Gymnasium and on its northern edge, the tram line 4 at the Erfurt theater .


The Brühler Garten has always been an undeveloped green area. At first it served as a kennel for the inner Erfurt city fortifications before it was also used as a cemetery. Later, at the beginning of the 18th century, it became the pleasure garden of the Kurmainzer governor Boyneburg in Erfurt, from 1818 to 1871 further burials followed in the Brühler Zwinger as the first public cemetery in Erfurt. Even today, individual grave slabs testify to this event. From 1925 a spa garden was built on the area of ​​the cemetery under the name Brühler Garten, and in 1940 it was converted into a city park. In the 1930s, a "modern children's playground for the less well-off circles" was created in Brühl. Hans Schäke created a towering oak portal with children's figures and reliefs of Soup Kaspar and Struwwelpeter and a sculpture of Cinderella. Both plants were removed during the GDR era. Hans Walther contributed two bronze sculptures: "Mother with five children" and "Frog King". Both fell victim to the metal collection for war purposes in 1942. Since then, the Brühler Garten has been redesigned several times, most recently in the 1960s and between 2001 and 2003. If the city ​​ring planned in the 1980s had been implemented, there would no longer be a Brühler Garten. The Ringstrasse would have led from Domplatz to Luther Strasse.

In the park is the burial place of the honored Prussian general, military writer and geodesist Karl von Müffling with a bust of Hermann Wittig, designed by Friedrich August Stüler in 1853 , with a bust removed during the GDR era and renovated in 2000 . Shortly after the restoration, the bust was roughly damaged by striking tools in 2001 and the monument was "put in a bad state" by sprayers, but was then restored. Since then, a three-meter-high steel grille has been used to secure the bust, which greatly disturbs the view of the bust.

In the park there is a small pavilion, formerly in the shape of a shell, now (2013) in a simplified construction and smeared. In addition, a large stone cross, in memory of the war dead, adorns the eastern entrance to the park.

Tomb of General Karl von Müffling

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Karsten Grobe: "Stupid boy prank" or deliberate destruction of cultural heritage? City and History (Erfurt), SuG 2/02, p. 26

Web links

Commons : Brühler Garten (Erfurt)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 50 ° 58 ′ 24 ″  N , 11 ° 1 ′ 11 ″  E