Before 1358, today’s main market was still called Herrenmarkt. In the course of the 14th century, it developed into one of the largest and most important trading centres in Europe. This was also the origin of Nuremberg’s great political influence and cultural diversity compared to the rest of Germany. As in the city’s heyday, the main market is still the lively centre of the city today. In addition to the weekly market with its many stalls and stands, the Easter market and Nuremberg’s world-famous Christkindlesmarkt also take place here. The traditional Christmas market is opened by the Nuremberg Christ Child, who delivers a prologue from the gallery of the Frauenkirche.