Little market

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View over the Wenigemarkt to the Aegidien Church
The development of the north side of the square
View from the church tower onto the market square
Fountain with bronze sculpture "Raufende Knaben"

The Wenigemarkt is a small market square in the old town of Erfurt . It is located at the eastern end of the Krämerbrücke .


The Wenigemarkt is an irregular, triangular complex with a side length of around 60 meters. The Wenigemarkt is therefore similar in size to the neighboring fish market on the other side of the Gera . The main trading street of the Wenigemarkt ran in a west-east direction from the fish market through the Gera-Furt in the area of ​​today's Krämerbrücke through the Futterstraße to Johannesstraße . The other adjoining streets, namely Gotthardtstrasse to the north, Meienbergstrasse to the east, Pilse to the southeast and Kürschnergasse to the southwest are of secondary importance. In 1895 the Rathausbrücke was added as the last street parallel to the Krämerbrücke. Today, most of the Wenigemarkt is pedestrianized; only on the eastern and southern edges there are traffic-calmed streets.

In the south-eastern area of ​​the square there is a fountain, which is crowned by the bronze sculpture Raufende Knaben . It was created in 1975/76 by the Magdeburg sculptor Heinrich Apel and moved to its current location in 1990.

The Wenigemarkt is characterized by its low and old peripheral buildings compared to other Erfurt squares. Numerous cafés and restaurants make the Wenigemarkt today primarily a tourist “pub district”. The defining building of the Wenigemarkt is the Aegidienkirche on its western edge, which is also the eastern bridgehead church of the Krämerbrücke.


The Wenigemarkt first appeared in a document in 1217. However, a trading post has probably existed here since the 11th century. Initially, the square was a market of the merchants' settlement east of the Gera. It got its name in contrast to Domplatz , the "big market" of Erfurt. In the course of the Middle Ages, the market experienced a decline as trade shifted to other places on the one hand and to permanent stores in buildings on the other. Soon, only local goods such as grain were traded on the market, but no longer with high-quality or long-distance goods.

Individual evidence

  1. State capital Erfurt, city administration (ed.): Erfurt. Monuments, fountains, sculptures and reliefs in urban areas . 2002, p. 10 .

Web links

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

Coordinates: 50 ° 58 ′ 42.9 ″  N , 11 ° 1 ′ 55.2 ″  E