Spalicek on Cheb Square
Cheb was one of the rich towns in the past. While single-storey houses have been built in the surrounding towns since the 14th century, in Cheb, up to three-storey houses with high roofs and huge attics grew on the square. This is the reason why these houses were not rebuilt in later years and have been preserved to this day. You can even see the famous Spalicek in the middle of the square. It is a set of eleven half-timbered houses that date back to the 13th century. The houses are three or four storeys high, stand on small plots and are divided by a narrow Kramářská alley, which is only 160 cm wide. A set of stalls where goods were sold stood on this site. The owners of the stalls paid relatively high fees to Cheb for the rent, and so they were supported by the city. Over time, the stalls were replaced by wooden huts and eventually brick houses, which have survived to this day, despite various reconstructions. In 1960, Spalicek was completely renovated, and today, there is a famous sweet-shop and restaurant. Spalicek was decorated with the third row of houses, which were demolished in the 19th century.