Fritzlar’s Market Square

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Fritzlar, Germany

Fritzlar’s Market Square Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Fritzlar’s Market Square Mar 06, 2017
Fritzlar’s central square is surrounded by beautiful half-timbered houses from various eras. Many have inscriptions with dates, so you can study the different styles from the 16th century to the art nouveau era in the early 20th. Most houses contain either little shops or gastronomy, including three very good cafes. My photos were taken in early November - in summertime they surely have outdoor seating in the square.

Among the many pretty houses, the so-called Kaufhaus of the St Michael’s Guild is the most remarkable. Its facade is ornated with an oriel that extends over three storeys and ends in a little tower in front of the gable.

The fountain in market square has a Roland statue on top of the central column. The inscription dates it to 1564. The Roland appears in many towns and cities in Northern and Central Germany. The figure of a knight with sword and shield symbolizes the settlement’s legal status and privileges as a city.

A weird bit of architecture is standing in market square, too, I nicknamed it the Crooked House. The removal of the walls and opening of the timberframe construction is a modern matter - however, the crooked construction is old. It looks as if it will collapse any time but has survived for centuries, so no worries.

In the morning, not sure if every day or only on certain weekdays, there is a small farmers market selling all kinds of groceries.

Every Saturday in the summer months there is live music in market square. The platform with the tent roof serves as stage for the bands.
Market square and Roland fountain
Market square
Market square
Market square with Crooked House
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