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Official residences for clergy and servants

The priest's houses at Domhof 5 to 8 are a closed group of four two-storey buildings with steep gabled roofs. They have been preserved around the house Domhof 12 as the last of twelve such buildings around the Marienkirchhof. Up until the 19th century they served as official residences for clergymen and employees of Zwickau's church and school system.

After the first emergency safeguards in the 1980s, a comprehensive restoration in line with the preservation of historical monuments began in 1994.


Sensational results!

The investigations carried out as part of the building research brought sensational results! By determining the age of wooden components (dendrochronology), the time between1237and1264 be determined.


Supported by archaeological investigations, it is certain that the buildings still existing today are essentially 1466was completed.


The buildings with their unique interior, including the plank rooms, soot kitchens and fragments of room paintings, are among the oldest preserved residential buildings in Saxony.


Former residents

In addition to the outstanding architectural significance, there is also an interesting chapter in the history of the city connected with the houses and their former residents. "Officially" house no. 5 was reserved for the organists, house no. 6 for the bell-ringers of the Marienkirche, while house no. 7 was for the vice-principal and house no. 8 for Tertius of the Zwickau Latin school. Among them are outstanding personalities such as the early German dramatist Paul Rebhuhn (a friend of Martin Luther), the Zwickau city chronicler Tobias Schmidt or the composer Johann Ludwig Krebs as the most important student of JS Bach.


Good food in a medieval ambience

This unique medieval ambience can not only be experienced as part of a museum tour, but also in the guest rooms of the first Zwickau brewery in Domhof 5. The larger part of the guest rooms with the brewhouse of the brewery are connected via a modern conservatory and beer garden. It is located in the new building, which on the one hand was necessary for the functionality of the museum and on the other hand rounds off the cultural experience with its offers.


Welcome to the brewery!

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