From: Münster, Germany
The Prinzipalmarkt or Main Market is the most celebrated street in Münster, with its
traditional Hanseatic building façades and arcaded
passages. It's especially pretty at Christmas, when wreaths hang beneat the
arcades and tiny lights illuminate the upstairs windows.
Most (though not all) of the houses were
destroyed by Allied bombing in World War II. When Münster was rebuilt on
the original medieval town plan, the city planners chose to restore the
surviving buildings to their original appearance while requiring historically
appropriate but simpler façades on buildings that
were rebuilt. This decision allowed the Prinzipalmarkt to keep its medieval
ambience while differentiating between "real old" and "modern old."
The Prinzipalmarkt isn't just pretty: It's also
the center of a thriving business district, with shops of every kind (both
locally-owned stores and international retail brands).
Photo: Presseamt Stadt Münster
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