Die Steipe

Die Steipe, Trier: Address, Die Steipe Reviews: 4/5

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joe s
Warwick, NY1,708 contributions
Oldest Building Around
Dec 2019
Lovely Sort of Middle east Style Building that once served as the City Hall in 1300's.
It was built in 1200's. It overlooks the Christmas Market. You cannot go in but can visit the restaurant below called Rathskeller which is Ukrainian (see my review of it).It will enable you to get an idea of its composition. Looks lovely at night as complement to the Christmas decor. I found and purchased a ceramic model of this very building at the Christmas Market.
Written 17 December 2019
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,526 contributions
Strikingly attractive
Oct 2019
This building, which dominates the Hauptmarkt, is not open to visits, chiefly because the ground floor and the sous-terrain contain restaurants. From the outside it is very attractive, and the visitor must be grateful that it was rebuilt in the 1960s after suffering very heavy damage during World War II.
Written 13 October 2019
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Renate V
Hartbeesfontein, South Africa1,096 contributions
Look at the detail
May 2019 • Solo
So glad that this beautiful building was rebuilt after the war. It still represents such a big part of the Trier history. The detail on the building has been well discussed but take time and look at it. Also look for the official yardstick that was used by the traders, on the side of the wall.
Such an interesting and beautiful building you have to see it
Written 23 June 2019
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Larry C
4,316 contributions
Gilded arches, knights in armour, patron saints, gargoyles
Apr 2019 • Couples
One of the oldest and most striking buildings on the Hauptmarkt.
The street level has three arches topped with gold filigree. Between the arches are four gothic statues, showing the patron saints of Trier.
On the corners of the second level are two knights in armour; one with the visor up, looking at the citizenry in the square, the other with the visor down, staring at St Peter's Cathedral.
The upper floors have four sets of "double" windows with those on each floor having openings of a different shape.
The top floor has a gargoyle on the corners.
All of this is topped by a steeply pitched slated hip roof.
Written 18 June 2019
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,651 contributions
The knight statues are the attraction. Interesting story behind the visors
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Steipe is the white corner building at the intersection of Fleischstr and Dietrichstr, at the end of the Hauptmarkt. It's the building with the arched arcade at ground level, 3 rows of windows and at the top a crenulated roofline. The word, "steipe" refers to those columns that support the arches. Between the arches are 4 statues of figures important to the city, namely, the three apostles - Peter, Paul, James (the older), - and Helena (Constantine's mother). They are dressed in colorful clothing of their times with the paint still vivid. Above them at the corners of the building are the 2 statues of knights that our guide drew to our attention. The knights are dressed in armor. The one with his visor up looks friendly at the market square and its townspeople. The one with his visor down faces St. Peter's Cathedral down the lane and symbolizes the conflict in authority between the city council and the Prince-Bishop of Trier. While these 2 statues appear old and sculpted from stone, they are copies of the original ones kept in the Stiftsmuseum at Porta Nigra.

The building, too, is a copy of the original one that was used as a Town Hall from late 1400s to the 1700s due to its reconstruction post WWII. The building was more of a meeting/reception hall than a Rathaus since the Archbishop of Trier wouldn't allow a Rathaus which would conflict with his authority. Presently, the ground floor has a cafe and restaurant - Zur Steipe. Its patio table umbrellas and the many tents for market stalls vie for space on the market square. All obscure the front of this building for good photos of it.

An interesting diversion in the market square to its stalls of fruits, vegetables, and flower bouquets.
Written 18 June 2019
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Daniel A
Beijing, China32,982 contributions
Even if it was reconstructed, it’s still beautiful
Jun 2018 • Couples
Some tourists next to us were talking about this building and how it’s fake because it is reconstructed. I could care less if it was reconstructed. It’s still beautiful and a sight to behold in the Hauptmarkt. I wish we could've seen the interior of the place, sigh.
Written 30 July 2018
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium24,230 contributions
Colourful landmark
Mar 2017 • Friends
With its very steep roof, crenelated roof-line and pointed-arch arcades, the Steipe is a landmark building on Trier’s main market square (‘Hauptmarkt‘ in German). Its history goes back to the 15th century but the original building was destroyed during World War II and reconstructed in 1970. The original of the statues of patron saints are to be found in the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift.

Today the Steipe houses the Toy Museum (‘Spielzeugmuseum‘ in German, entrance on Dietrichstrasse) and a café and restaurant called “Zur Steipe“ (confused by some reviewers with the Steipe itself). The location on the TA map seems to be wrong. The Steipe is not located on Simeonstrasse but at the corner of Hauptmarkt and Dietrichstrasse.
Written 17 April 2017
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gentbrugg
Moscow2,304 contributions
Arches, saints, and knights in armor
Jun 2016 • Solo
The famous old building (of course, except for the fact that it, like most of the others in Trier, was completely destroyed by the bombing during the second world war and then rebuilt according to the surviving drawings), destined originally for the municipal events – meetings and receptions, goes with its corner to the Hauptmarkt Platz and is adjacent now to another well-known mansion – Rother haus. And the first floor, which houses a coffee shop is entirely designed with open pointed arches, but they put statues of the patron saints of Trier, only from wider side facing the square. There are sculptures on the second floor, but only two knights in armour that are more suited to the toy Museum, which it houses.
The most original element that accentuates the Gothic style of building, - the "teeth" at the top.
Written 10 April 2017
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MijnlieverdFH
Tagum City, Philippines4,206 contributions
stunning building facing the Marktplatz
Jun 2016 • Couples
It stood out from the rest of the buildings in the Hauptmarkt area. There are so many buildings of different designs and could possibly be a competition of architects to make it impressive or the Lords and religious leaders who commissioned them to do the best.
Written 22 February 2017
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,113 contributions
Impressive Building
Sep 2016 • Solo
The Steipe dates back to the early 1400s. It gets it name from a Trier dialect word which means (arcade) supports. It was a building for ceremonial functions for the city councillors and dignitaries and contained drawing rooms and refreshment rooms.

It was destroyed during WWII and restored in 1970. You cannot go inside but seeing the outside is worth checking out.
Written 31 December 2016
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