Marktstrasse (Erfurt)

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The Marktstraße is a street in the old town of Erfurt and connects the Domplatz in the west with the fish market in the east for a length of 230 meters .


Eastern part of Marktstrasse, view towards the fish market
Western part of Marktstrasse with All Saints Church

Marktstrasse has only had its name since 1826. When it was first mentioned in 1223, it was simply called lata platea Erphordie - the street of Erfurt. This suggests that it was one of the first somewhat upgraded streets in the city. In 1341 the first German name was An der Straße . This refers to the via regia , a large long-distance trade route from the Rhine near Mainz via Frankfurt , Erfurt and Leipzig to Breslau , which ran through Marktstrasse. In the early modern period, Marktstrasse was sometimes referred to as Breite Strasse before it was given its current name in 1826.


The development on the edge of Marktstrasse consists of town houses from the early modern period. Among them are some important trading centers:

  • House to the great plow and great Transylvania (number 21): The front house was probably destroyed in the city fire in 1472 and then rebuilt. In 1677 it was rebuilt and given a baroque facade (the name Hoffmann's house comes from this period ). One of the largest warehouses in Erfurt, which now houses a cabaret, was originally part of the complex . Today there is an ice cream parlor on the ground floor with its vaulted arches, above which the Erfurt City Children's Library.
  • Chrestenenhof (number 38): The front building dates from the 16th century and was bought in 1873 by the horticultural company NL Chriesteren and used as a seat. Between 2007 and 2011, the buildings in the courtyard were renovated and converted into a condominium complex.
  • Golden Wheel House (number 50): The front building dates from the 15th century and was rebuilt in the Baroque style in 1767. Early modern space designs have been preserved inside.

The development is supplemented by some commercial buildings from the Wilhelminian era, such as Eduard Kayser's splendid northern corner house facing Domplatz . The most important architectural monument in Marktstrasse is the Gothic All Saints Church at the confluence of Allerheiligenstrasse, which has been widened to a small square. Marktstrasse is one of the most important shopping streets in downtown Erfurt, although the shops there are too small for the branches of the large retail chains. This is why owner-managed small shops and restaurants dominate here.


Trams have been running through Marktstrasse since 1883 . Today lines 3, 4 and 6 run here. Otherwise, Marktstrasse is largely used for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.


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Coordinates: 50 ° 58 ′ 39.9 ″  N , 11 ° 1 ′ 34.8 ″  E