Hackescher Markt in Berlin
The Hackescher Markt ("Hacke's Market", named after Townmajor Hans Christoph Friedrich Graf von Hacke) is a square in the central Mitte locality of Berlin, Germany, situated at the eastern end of Oranienburger Strasse.
Originally a marsh north of the city fortifications on the road to Spandau, King Frederick II of Prussia about 1750 had a market square laid out under the surveillance of Hacke in the course of the northern town expansion. In 1882 it received access to the Berlin Stadtbahn railway line at Berlin Hackescher Markt station, then called Börse after the nearby stock exchange. The station was renamed Marx-Engels-Platz during the GDR era.
Formerly a rather neglected area, Hackescher Markt with its old buildings has developed into a cultural and commercial centre after German reunification, famous for its nightlife centered around the Hackesche Höfe courtyard ensemble. The square is also served by several tramway and night bus lines. A weekly market is still held every Thursday and Saturday.