Auerbach's court

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Auerbach's court around 1780. The Naschmarkt is shown , which, when there was no Leipzig trade fair , had its place in Auerbach's court.
Auerbach's yard at the 1905 spring fair

Auerbachs Hof was one of the largest and most important trading houses in the city of Leipzig .


From 1530 to 1912, Auerbach's court was located on the Grimmaische Strasse property in Leipzig's old town, not far from the market.


In 1519 the Leipzig medical professor Heinrich Stromer (1482–1542) bought a piece of land from the heirs of his father-in-law for 3500 guilders , on which he built Auerbach's farm from 1530 to 1538. He had the old buildings demolished and a large building complex built above ground, including several rear buildings , which was grouped on the left and right around an approximately 140 m long, angled passage to the (new) Neumarkt and consisted of almost 100 exhibition vaults on the ground floor and numerous rooms, There were halls and secondary rooms on the upper floors. Stromer expanded the older, multi-storey wine cellars in the basement, mentioned as early as 1438. For a long time they were considered the largest in the city and allegedly even all of Germany. One of the most traditional restaurants in Germany, Auerbachs Keller, is still located in the cellar . Under this name, they became the most famous address in the city, including the legend of Dr. Faustus Fassritt 1525 and the well-known scene in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's (1749–1832) drama Faust I contributed.
On January 1, 1911, the suitcase manufacturer Anton Mädler (1854–1925) bought Auerbach's farm. From April 1, 1912, he had the decaying development demolished and enlarged the area. The Mädlerpassage was built by 1914 . Auerbach's cellar was rebuilt true to the original and expanded.

Origin of name

Auerbach's farm was named after its architect Heinrich Stromer, who after his birthplace commonly known as "Dr. Auerbach ”was known.

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Coordinates: 51 ° 20 ′ 21.9 ″  N , 12 ° 22 ′ 31.5 ″  E