The Gera is a river in Thuringia, Germany, a right tributary of the Unstrut. It originates in the Thuringian Forest, west of Ilmenau. The Gera is formed in Plaue, by the confluence of the Wilde Gera and the Zahme Gera. It empties into the Unstrut in Straußfurt. The total length of the Gera is 85 km. The largest towns along the Gera are Arnstadt and Erfurt. The city Gera is not situated along the River Gera.
The original name of Gera River was Erphes River , which survived in the name of Erfurt coming from “ford at Erphes River”.
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