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Old town & Grüben – creativity for delightful narrow streets

The Grüben, situated immediately below the world’s longest castle fortress, offers newly settling shops as well as art, manual trade and services businesses a high level of development potential. (Photo: Town Council)
The Grüben, situated immediately below the world’s longest castle fortress, offers newly settling shops as well as art, manual trade and services businesses a high level of development potential. (Photo: Town Council)
Entry to the Grüben - delightful narrow streets in the heart of the old town. (Photo: adult education centre/VHS)
Entry to the Grüben - delightful narrow streets in the heart of the old town. (Photo: adult education centre/VHS)
The Grüben leads to the town square, the historic centre of Burghausen. (Photo: Town Council)
The Grüben leads to the town square, the historic centre of Burghausen. (Photo: Town Council)
Launch of the Temporary Exhibition Architecture project in March 2011. At the initiative of WiföG CEO Anton Steinberger (right), students from the Faculty of Interior Architecture at Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences designed a supra-regional exhibition and presentation platform in previously empty shops along the Grüben. (Photo: PNP)
Launch of the Temporary Exhibition Architecture project in March 2011. At the initiative of WiföG CEO Anton Steinberger (right), students from the Faculty of Interior Architecture at Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences designed a supra-regional exhibition and presentation platform in previously empty shops along the Grüben. (Photo: PNP)
Reopening the shop selling local provisions with the new name Frischemarkt am Bichl at the end of April 2011: this ensures the supply of local provisions and day-to-day products for some 4,500 customers from the old town as well as for visitors and tourists. (Photo: KommExpert)
Reopening the shop selling local provisions with the new name Frischemarkt am Bichl at the end of April 2011: this ensures the supply of local provisions and day-to-day products for some 4,500 customers from the old town as well as for visitors and tourists. (Photo: KommExpert)
"Expedition Old Town": The project "Temporary exhibition design"- Professor Gabriel Weber (fourth from right) presented together with his students and WiföG CEO Anton Steinberger and Mayor Hans Steindl (1st or 2nd from left) the results of the "Old Town expedition". (Photo: KommExpert)
"Expedition Old Town": The project "Temporary exhibition design"- Professor Gabriel Weber (fourth from right) presented together with his students and WiföG CEO Anton Steinberger and Mayor Hans Steindl (1st or 2nd from left) the results of the "Old Town expedition". (Photo: KommExpert)
Expedition Old Town - Project "Park & Charge": A group of semester students of Professor Kilian Stauss and teacher Thomas Hanzalik are illustrating their concept idea for a carport for the future, with electrical energy from photovoltaic and wind power. (Photo: KommExpert)
Expedition Old Town - Project "Park & Charge": A group of semester students of Professor Kilian Stauss and teacher Thomas Hanzalik are illustrating their concept idea for a carport for the future, with electrical energy from photovoltaic and wind power. (Photo: KommExpert)

The area around the Grüben is one of the earliest settlements of the modern town of Burghausen. There was a landing stage for ships here back in the first half of the twelfth century and a toll was charged for transporting salt on the Salzach. At the same time manual traders catering for people’s everyday needs settled here. These craftsmen’s houses which largely date from the late baroque period were repeatedly deluged by devastating flood waters in the course of the centuries. It was only when the riverside road was built in 1971 that a sustained redevelopment of the Grüben at the foot of the castle hill with the world´s longest fortress took place. The area of the town square was extensively redesigned in the mid-1970s and a large underground car park was built.

Cultural, events, manual trade and specialist shopping mile

Following further extensive communal and private investment measures in the past two decades, the Grüben today presents itself as a delightful narrow street offering major potential as a pedestrian zone with a large supply of parking spaces directly on the Salzlände and in the immediate vicinity in the Stadtplatz and Wöhrsee underground car parks. With many specialised shops, manual trade and service businesses of all kinds, art presentations and a large number of catering establishments the Grüben constitutes a cultural, events, manual trade and specialist shopping area of national and international renown. The immediate catchment area of the old town has around 4,500 inhabitants and these are supplemented by 14,500 new town inhabitants and around 400,000 visitors to Burghausen each year. And this does not include the adjacent regions such as in neighbouring Austria and the towns and villages surrounding Burghausen.

Current WiföG projects

WiföG Burghausen is supporting the further development of the Grüben with intensive project measures: As well as subsidies for business start-ups and newly relocating shops and businesses within the old town walls four sustained measures are currently running:

  • Old handicraft in old walls: We wish to unite traditional usage and valuable historic building stock in this project. The Gothic architecture of the buildings, much of which is still very well preserved, offers ideal premises for a wide range of handicrafts. Some manual trade companies have already successfully settled here and WiföG would be pleased to provide advice and information to other interested parties.
  • The Grüben as an artistic mile: Professional artists exhibit their works in partially unoccupied premises at Grüben 137, 158, 168 and 173. The rooms will offer space for further future art projects.
  • Layout and design of temporary exhibition architecture: A seminar project of the Faculty of Interior Architecture at Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences aimed from May to July 0f 2011 to develop a new high-quality and attractive supra-regional event format within the old town of Burghausen in the medium term. As part of the project, empty sites will be converted into exhibition and presentation premises. To this end the architecture students in Rosenheim developed concepts and design approaches for the requisite fittings and furnishings. The concept envisages the medium-term temporary installation of a supra-regional exhibition and presentation platform for student projects from the area of interior architecture and design and the manual trade businesses executing these. The proximity to other existing organisations such as the jazz and theatre academy can be used in this manner to appeal to an even broader young audience. The entire project costs Euro 62,500 to which the Town Council was contributing Euro 20,000 while the rest was supplemented from federal and Bavarian state government funds.
  • Old town market/Frischemarkt am Bichl: The food shop in a picturesque location at the so called Bichl, the central square of the Grüben, was revamped from January to April 2011 with a grant from Burghausen Town Council amounting to around Euro 340,000 and the shop business bought by the municipally-owned Burghauser Wohnbau GmbH. It has been run since 30 April 2011 by the well-known Edeka supermarket chain Lechertshuber & Wimmer and up to eight new jobs have been created. This ensures the supply of local provisions to the old town population with a catchment area of 4,500 inhabitants.

Photographic impressions of the entire old town of Burghausen:

www.burghausen-foto.de

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