The market in Schwerin is a rectangular historic marketplace in Schwerin's old town, whose history dates back to the founding of the city in 1160. To distinguish it from the shelf market of 1832 independent Neustadt (Schelfe) he is also referred to as Altstädtischer market. It is located south of the cathedral. Four of the buildings framing the square are listed buildings.
The old town market got its base after the great city fire of the year 1651. This area was expanded 1783-85 a few meters to the north and measures today 60 × 52 meters. The market is bordered to the north by the New Building (pillared building), to the east by the Town Hall, the Town Hall with its historical façade reconstructed in 1975, three newly built gabled houses in 1975, and to the south by Late Classicist houses dating back to 1840 and to the west other town houses, of which a half-timbered house was partially preserved. In front of the New Building is the Lion Monument.
For the most part the pedestrian zone is Schmiedestraße, Schusterstraße and Puschkinstraße (formerly Königsstraße) as well as two passages from the butcher's market. North of the market square is the Schwerin Cathedral.
July 22, 2017
If you are ever here you should definitely climb the 220 steps of the tower of Schwerin Cathedral. The view is worthwhile, even if it is pretty tight on the spiral staircase in oncoming traffic.
The Lion Monument on the market square created by Peter Lenk is worth a closer look and googling for Hintergünden to this monument and to the artist.
February 27, 2018
On the Old Town market with its cafés, the Lion Monument tells the story of the first city father, Henry the Lion. Yes, it sometimes causes indignation, the memorial column for city founder Heinrich the Lion in the Old Town market. On the occasion of Mecklenburg's 1000th anniversary, designed by sculptor Peter Lenk, the four-and-a-half-meter pyramid shows episodes from the life of Heinrich. So far so good. But in addition to scenes from the partly ruthless rule of the Guelph duke, who is also Munich's founding father, above all a picture creates a bustle: the so-called buttocks parade. Bare butts stretch towards the viewer. Because according to the legend, the Bardowicker citizens out of resentment have shown to the passing duke instead of the cold shoulder her exposed behind.
Behind the Lion Monument on the Old Town Market rises majestically the Schwerin Cathedral. An architectural contrast to its thick brick walls is the brilliant white pillared building dar. The front adorn 14 Doric columns and the vernacular name does not want to fit the elegant appearance of 1785: Krambudengebäude. In fact, it was built as a market hall to stem the clutter of trading stalls on the plaza. But the concept did not work. Today, the pillared building houses a pastry-making café - and market activity is taking place outside again, but now more civilized.schwerin.de/kultur-tourismus/sehenswuerdigkeiten/altstadt/marktplatz
November 27, 2019
The former residence city of the Mecklenburg Grand Dukes has added an architectural pearl to the other in its 850-year architectural history. Today, the castle, cathedral, state theater and many other historic buildings get their big performance. Idyllically situated between the shores of Lake Schwerin and the Pfaffenteich, the architectural treasures of the Old Town stroll can be discovered without hurry. All around invite individual shops and traditional inns to shop and enjoy.schwerin.com/de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/altstadt
November 27, 2019
The Schwerin old town around the cathedral is the old core of the city. However, the shopping and promenade. The more of the houses of the 19th century are stamped.
The wooden city fortification was only replaced from the 14th century by a wall, which did not include the parallel to the old town developing Schelfe north of Schwerin. Later, a new entrance through the blacksmith's gate and the blacksmith's street was created. The city fortification was further expanded until the end of the 18th century using water resources and gradually tore down again with the expansion of the residential development. Remains of the city wall are preserved to this day in the Burgstraße.
During fires in the years 1531, 1558 and 1561, large parts of the old-town buildings were destroyed. With the exception of the Schwerin Cathedral, the Domhof and some parts of the castle, no buildings have survived until the 17th century. The old town is marked by the historicism of the 19th century. Due to relocation of the ducal residence from Ludwigslust to Schwerin in 1837, building activity resumed alongside the economy. Under the influence of Georg Adolph Demmler, who was appointed court architect in 1841, representative buildings and the reconstructed Schwerin Castle were erected.
Since 1968, new residential buildings in slab construction on the Great Moor in the Old Town, after old, neglected buildings were demolished there and heaped up on Burgsee. The monotonous appearance of the prefabricated buildings was only loosened up by maintaining historic street layouts, partly clinker cladding of the facades and the bevel of the roofs. It was not until the 1980s that occasionally half-timbered buildings were renovated.
March 5, 2017
The traditional Christmas market in Schwerin, also called "The Star in the North", takes place in the historic old town every year on the market square. Festive glow of lights, the scent of mulled wine, hearty bratwurst and a special Christmas flair await visitors.
Next to the 18-meter-high fir is the festival stage, where constantly changing activities ensure good entertainment. In cooperation with clubs, the partner cities and the city of Schwerin, visitors experience a sophisticated Christmas program here, such as the daily Santa Claus consultation and a fairy tale hour.weihnachtsmaerkte-in-deutschland.de/weihnachtsmarkt-in-schwerin-der-stern-im-norden.html
January 2, 2020
This time we rediscovered a worth seeing building. The old main post office in Mecklenburgstrasse. The highest point of the building is the top of the 44-meter-high telegraph tower, which has an impressive cast steel construction and accommodates exactly 576 insulators. Also in the tower is the post office clock whose dial has a diameter of two meters.Further information:
January 12, 2018
In front of the new building, on the north side of the old town market, there is a lion sculpture that commemorates the city's founder, Heinrich the Lion. It was built in 1995 on the eve of the city father's 800th anniversary of death. It was created by the sculptor Peter Lenk from Constance, and from his four-and-a-half-meter pedestal the lion looks with a malicious grin over the square, the history of which goes back to the time when Schwerin was founded in 1160. For centuries the market was the political, economic and religious center of the city, only here the merchants from Schwerin were allowed to trade food and handicraft products in the time of Henry the Lion.
When the monument to the city's founder, Heinrich the Lion, was inaugurated on the market in 1995, there were very ambiguous opinions about it: while some were smiling at the four episodes depicted in Heinrich's life, they caused indignation among others. Because one of the four pictures carved in stone, the so-called buttocks parade, shows bare buttocks, which the Bardowick citizens from grudges are said to have shown to the passing duke. Because this had promoted Schwerin and Lübeck as important trading centers during his reign, while Bardowick lost more and more importance. The homage to the buttocks is reminiscent of the contempt that the Bardowickers have shown to the Duke since then. The other pictures of the column tell a satirical, critical account of the turning crusade in 1147, the foundation of Schwerin in 1160 and the creation of the Braunschweig lion as a symbol of Heinrich's reign in the Braunschweig residence.auf-nach-mv.de/reiseziele/a-loewendenkmal-am-markt-in-schwerin
January 3, 2020
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