The old town of Siegen, in the shadow of the historic city hall, is one big medieval treasure chest. The half-timbered structures with their slate roofs and facades, and the cobblestones, are characteristic of the Siegerland region.
Adjacent to Marienkirche, Pfarrer-Ochse-Platz – named after the Siegen clergyman Wilhelm Ochse, who put up bitter resistance to the Nazi regime – is particularly evocative.
To this day, the street names evoke former residents and the crafts they practised (tanners, butchers, etc.). These historic structures, lovingly restored in the 1980s, provide the backdrop to the Altstadtfest, the festival held every September.