Market Square is the heart of the city of Einbeck.
Market Church comes into view with its about 65 metres high steeple that has a clear inclination (tilted by 1.5 metres). To the left of Market Church, the historic Old Town Hall is situated – the emblem of the city with its three distinctive towers. In front of Market Church, in the middle of Market Square, the Till Eulenspiegel Fountain is located. Furthermore, the Brodhaus, Town Pharmacy, the Steinhaus (stone house) and Einbecker Morgenpost (newspaper) can be found on Market Square.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, there is a weekly market on Market Square. In winter, the Einbeck winter village invites to have food and beverage. Furthermore, seasonal markets, festivals and concerts are held on Market Square.
In former days, Market Square was the central trading hub. Travelling traders rested here, because from Market Square there were trading routes in all directions, for example passing through the Leine valley to Göttingen or crossing the range of hills Hube.
First local market and trade activities took place with products made of wool, cloth, canvas and furrier goods. Later on, also the transactions related to the beer export were settled on the market, taking the most important place in trade in the 15th and 16th century and building the foundation of the city’s wealth in medieval times.
The Thirty Years’ War led to a persistent economic decline resulting in the disappearance of the importance for medieval trade routes that the market had had previously due to its favourable location.
After World War II, a street crossed Market Square. Large parts of Market Square are listed as national heritage due to their historic importance.
In 1988, Market Square was declared pedestrian precinct area in the framework of reconstruction measures and it also got a level paving.