The Haus Löwenstein (House Lionstone) is located on the main square of the city just opposite the town hall.
It was completed in 1344/1345 and most likely first used as a pub or tavern, but it is not entirely clear.
A century later, it became a residential building for the upper class. It might be that the name originates from this time when a family named Löwenstein inhabited the house.
An eye-catcher is the shiny figure of the holy Nepomuk that was attached to the facade in 1747. The statue of Johann von Nepomuk is often to be found in Catholic regions, for example on bridges (e.g. Karlsbridge in Prague).
The house is one of the few buildings that actually survived the big fire of 1656 as it was made from rubblestone while most houses at that time were made from wood and clay. The fire destroyed 7/8 of the city within just 24 hours.
Today, the house is a city property.
Fun & Interesting
The house is one of the few gothic buildings that actually survived the big fire of 1656 that destroyed 7/8 of the city within just 24 hours.
The main square is not only worth a visit because of the Haus Löwenstein but is also home to the amazing Town Hall, the Karlsbrunnen (Karlsfountain) and many other old houses. Many places to eat and drink invite for a break to enjoy the historic scenery.
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