Esslingen Things to Do

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    Hafenmarkt

    by antistar Written Nov 2, 2004

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    This is the other main square after the Marktplatz, and it is smaller and more cluttered, and possibly the prettier for it. It contains the big yellow Gelbes Haus. You can find it behind the Altes Rathaus.

    Hafenmarkt, Esslingen

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    Innere Brucke

    by antistar Written Nov 2, 2004

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    As you cross into the town from the train station, or when you return if you miss it on the way in, you can cross the 13th century Innere Brucke across the Neckar canal. Like a typical medieval bridge, this one is so cluttered with buildings that it's hard to even tell if you are actually on a bridge at all unless you are alert. It is a wonderful example of its kind, and also includes a small chapel in the middle, which now serves as a memorial to the victims of the Third Reich.

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    Spreyer Zehnthof

    by antistar Updated Jul 1, 2013

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    Just to the left of the Stadtkirche, as you look at it from the Marktplatz, is a tight road that leads behind it. Here you can find the Spreyer Zehnthof, a seventeenth century tithe barn, that was converted in the following century into the headquarters of the Sektkellerei Kessler, which is apparently the oldest in Germany.

    Spreyer Zehnthof, Esslingen

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    Dick Turm

    by antistar Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Not to be confused with the more interesting Dicker Turm, this is a reminder of Esslingen's more modern industrial heritage, than the Dicker Turm's centuries old medieval history. Easily spotted high over the city, to your left as you exit the station, the tower has the words DICK painted hilariously in big letters down the giant phallic symbol. If you mistakenly follow the inappropriate signs to the tower, thinking it is the 13th century Fat Tower, you'll find yourself in the industrial zone. If you make it to the base of the tower, however, you'll find a few trendy bars and restaurants trying to make the most of any post-industrial chic, as well as a multiplex cinema.

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    Stadtarchiv

    by antistar Written Nov 2, 2004

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    The Stadtarchiv is not only historic in being one of the oldest buildings in town, but also because of what it contains. With over 10,000 documents charting the town's administrative history from the 13th century, the documents it contains are incredibly varied and numerous. Some of the information can be viewed in the main hall of the building, which is open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

    Stadtarchiv, Esslingen

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    Pfleghöfe

    by Kathrin_E Updated Sep 25, 2010

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    A Pfleghof - I cannot find an English translation - is an estate in a town that belonged to a clerical institution (monastery, convent, bishopric) and served for their economy, as store for wine and other tithe and for trade of agricultural products. Most monasteries had these in towns near and far. Several are preserved in Esslingen's old town; my guidebook lists all in all ten. Even after the reformation had been introduced in Esslingen these stayed in the hands of their catholic owners and in operation. Most are impressive stone buildings of medieval origins.

    Pfleghof of the Bishopric of Speyer Pfleghof of Bebenhausen Abbey (1232) Pfleghof of Salem Abbey
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    Schelztorturm

    by katis Updated Oct 16, 2010

    First thing that catches your eye is most probably the mysterious figure walking in the air ... then you discover it actually belongs to the tower - Schelztorturm, which is a part of former walls that were protecting the city of Esslingen.

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    Esslinger Burg - the castle

    by katis Written Oct 8, 2010

    Located on a hill above the town, it can be a struggle to climb up there (but there are worse ;) ). And all that is certainly worth it! Already during the way up, that has vineyards along, one can admire the view of Esslingen from above (amazing!).

    It is not a castle as one would imagine, it is more like a fort, it includes strong walls and a tower, court in a form of a green park where also nice old cannons are placed.

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    Church of St. Dionys

    by katis Updated Oct 16, 2010

    Nowadays' look is the 3rd reconstruction of this church, original bulding stood here already in the 8th century.
    The bridge between the towers is there mainly for static purposes. In the 17th century, when the south tower started to lean, they simply connected it to the other.

    Church of St. Dionys Church of St. Dionys Memorial to soldiers killed in Franco-Prussian war Church of St. Dionys - old tombstones
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  • Rundgang (Walk around) in Old Esslingen

    by pbyrne1107 Updated Jul 21, 2005

    Esslingen is a very nice place to spend a few hours just walking around the inner city. As noted in another comment it is an old imperial city with some excellent examples of Fachwerk (Wood and stone) buildings. There are a lot of pedestrian streets with most of the other streets limited in traffic, making for a very pleasant stroll along cobblestones.

    A tourist information center is located across the square from the side of the main church (two steeples - cant miss it...), that can give you everything you need to spend a few hours, or better yet a whole day, exploring this picture-postcard city. Be sure to try one or two of the varied and excellent restaurants in this cosmopolitan city - Italian, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, German, and yes, real Swabian places. Skip Stuttgart and come here.

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    Dicker Turm

    by antistar Updated Jul 1, 2013

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    At the right hand end of the Seilergang to the Hochwacht is the Dicker Turm, or Fat Tower, the large round tower on the hill. This construction was added to the Burg's defences in 1527.

    Dicker Turm, Esslingen

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    Munster St Paul's

    by antistar Written Nov 2, 2004

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    This ministry with its clean, simple lines was built directly in the former city walls, and was first consecrated by Albertus Magnus in 1268. It can be found in the Marktplatz, to the west.

    Munster St Paul

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    Hochwacht

    by antistar Written Nov 2, 2004

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    On the left of the Burg's wall overlooking the town is the Hochwacht, or High Sentry, a second, rectangular tower. The Hochwacht was added to the Burg's defences in 1578.

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    The Maille and it's park...

    by Dimi1 Written Sep 23, 2004

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    Enjoy also the wonderful old scenery behind the park... It's worth to have a walk there after sunbathing...

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