Feed road (Erfurt)

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The Futterstraße with the Kaisersaal and Aegidien Church in 1955.

The Futterstraße lies in the old town of Erfurt. It runs in a west-east direction and connects Wenigemarkt with Johannesstrasse .

Name and meaning

The street was called in 1321 in platea pabulatorum , 1381 futergasse, 1510 Futtergasse and from 1826 Futterstrasse. The name goes back to the guild of the feeders who lived and worked on this street. Feeding horses was an important profession, at that time they had to cope with "the parking and tank problem of the Middle Ages" (and beyond). 100 to 200 horse-drawn carts with 200 to 300 horses including coachmen had to be accommodated and supplied daily in the trading city of Erfurt on the Via Regia , the Königsstraße. The feeding yards had wide and high gates and a great depth for parking spaces, stables and barns. One could get rich as a farm owner, as evidenced by a number of stately patrician houses from the late Gothic , Renaissance and Baroque periods in the Futterstraße. They were time-consuming and sometimes Waid - and beer self -Höfe.


Starting from the Wenigemarkt on the right side of the street you will find:

  • The new hotel at the Kaisersaal . It stands on the site of the Hotel König von Preussen, which was destroyed in a bomb attack in 1944 .

In front of the confluence of the Futterstraße (No. 2) in the Johannesstraße is the late Gothic house Zum Grossen und Kleiner Rebstock from 1451. The councilor Otto Ziegler had brought a vine from the “Holy Land”, allegedly a descendant of the wonderful vines of the land of Canaan . In the 1990s, the house was given its high roof with a battlement. It was incorporated into the complex of the Hotel Mercure (in Meienbergstrasse).

Starting from the Wenigemarkt on the left side of the street:

  • The Würzgarten and Aron patrician house (No. 12) from the Baroque period with a central projectile. The coat of arms above the door comes from the long-established Honcamp family.
  • The patrician house Crowned Lion and Little Wax Mountain (No. 13 / 13a) from 1754 from the Baroque period, with a central projectile, baroque staircase and small gallery hall. The house has a classical wing and a medieval cellar.
  • The Kaisersaal , a traditional culture and congress center . It was built at the beginning of the 18th century as a ballroom for the university and also served as a city theater. Today's classicist facade comes from a renovation in 1831, today's splendid interior from 1991 to 1994. From 1982 the clubhouse of the Optima Erfurt office machine factory was closed for structural reasons. The Kaisersaal has had its name since the unification of the Empire in 1871, and it refers to Kaiser Wilhelm I. During the GDR era it was a memorial to the Erfurt Party Congress in 1891 (the SPD).


  • Author collective: Erfurt street names in their historical development. Erfurt Chronicle series . 1st edition 1992. ISBN 3-86087-054-8
  • Hermann H. Saitz: Erfurt on foot. Weimardruck, 3rd edition 2003. ISBN 3-930687-41-0

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Coordinates: 50 ° 58 ′ 45 ″  N , 11 ° 2 ′ 0 ″  E