Nürnberg’s former customs house collected the tolls from the merchants and others that came into the city. Originally built in the late 1400s, this building started as a corn store house that allowed carts to be brought into the building from both sides. Grain was stored above in its upper attics. In the mid-to-late 1500s the customs part of the city administrative took over the building as it became the Toll, Weights, and Measures Office.
Towards the end of the 1800s the building became administrative buildings for the Hospice of the Holy Spirit and other foundations and then later was used for commercial purposes. The building suffered severe damage in the 1945 and was rebuilt in the early 1950s.
The building we see today is a much simpler version of its former glory. It is still a very large building, used today as a restaurant for Barfüßer, a large microbrewery in Nürnberg. Visitors can go into the restaurant and walk down the steps into the cellar vault, which is part of the restaurant’s seating area. There are 26 pillars supporting the vault.
This was the former customs house, built in the 16th when the inner Frauentor was demolished. It was the largest granary of the city too, which supplied food for difficult periods.
From the end of the 16th century to the end of the 19th it was used as a customs house, and its name belongs to this period (maut=toll).
It was restored in the 50s, after the WWII bombings, and now, in the impressive cellar, it hosts the most famous beer hall of Nürnberg, the Barfüßer (see restaurant tips).
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Around 1500 this building was first built as a grain and salt storehouse and became the imperial city weigh-house and customs house in 1572.
The architecture really is stunning, don't you think?