In the square in the old city centre, which was named after the castle in front of which it spreads, you can feel the lively throb of life in the city. It gets its special charm by buildings, surrounding it:
- Hotel Orel, in the 19th century a tavern named 'Pri Črnem orlu' and at the same time an important stop of coachmen,
- Coffeehouse Astoria with its famous "Ezlek", a popular meeting place of the Maribor people for many, many years,
- Town Savings Bank, situated in the home of the once well-known Maribor Scherbraum family and
- coffeehouses and shops.
This typical medieval square, by the former Castle City Gate, was named Florianplatz (Florjanov trg) at the end of the 17th century. A monument, dedicated to St. Florian, the patron saint of fire and aquatic and natural catastrophes was erected in the square in the 18th century. The baroque statue is said to protect the city from fires, which in the past represented an enormous danger.
The Scherbaum family
In the previous century, the Scherbaum family had a big baker's shop in Maribor. When in 1896 electricity was installed, in the bakery also the first 36 electric bulbs burned. In the next street, Svetozarevska Street 6, there used to be the Scherbaum Mill. In 1937 it was rearranged into a printing house called Mariborske tiskarne, but in the 70s the company moved to a new building. Today, the confectionery and the bread shop in the square Grajski trg still remind us of the bakery. And the Scherbaum house today is the city savings bank Mestna hranilnica.