nice, beautiful, hidden
everything is moving a bit too slow here
lovely and worth to visit it
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.more
In the Hafenmarkt is the big yellow building of Gelbes Haus, literally Yellow House. This is believed to be Germany's oldest whore house, and certainly it must be the most architecturally impressive. Unfortunately for those expecting to find a little medieval Reeperbahn in Esslingen's ancient Hafenmarkt, you'll be disheartened to learn it hasn't...more
After Esslingen's two main draws of the Stadtkirche and the Burg, this wonderfully pink fifteenth century building is the next big thing in town. Upstaging the Baroque Neues Rathaus that took over from it, this Dutch styled pink town hall stands out wherever you are viewing it from in town. It is also huge, stretching around the back all the way to...more
Sitting high on the hill above Esslingen is the remains of the former castle/Burg. This actually is just the remains of part of the wall with two towers and a nice garden. But it provides a spectacular vantage point for a panoramic view of the town from where you can see the Altes Rathaus, the churches, and other features of the town.We decided...more
I was anxious to see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) primarily for the example of the local version of half-timbered construction called “Swabian Man” because it looks like a man carrying a beam of wood. The red colored sides of the former town hall which was built in 1420 were stunning in how well maintained this half-timbered structure was. ...more
What attracted us to the St. Dionys, the parish church, were the twin towers with a bridge going between the two. It was rather unique so we headed over for a closer look. The Stadkirche St. Dionys and its towers were built back in the late 1200s and early 1300s. The reason for the bridge between the two is purely structural – to keep the towers...more
The marketplace is a large open space next to the St. Dionys Parish Church and where the twice weekly produce market is held in Esslingen. It is also the place to come for the annual Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market), the city fair, and the annual Zwiebelfest (onion festival). The Tourist Information Center is the large white and red half-timbered...more
We parked in an area that was a little walk from the city center and the market area, but it was rather close to the Wolfstor, a gate tower from the Staufer period and the oldest gate tower in Esslingen. It was this gate that protected the city in former centuries, with its two lions and seals of the Swabian Dukes to remind visitors to the city of...more
Unmissably placed high above the town centre, the Burg and its accompanying buildings of the Dicker Turm and Hochwacht offer a slightly surreal sight. The wood roofed walls ramp up to the Burg at the top at almost exactly 45 degrees, before leveling off between the Hochwacht and Dicker Turm. The Burg itself is a 13th century defensive system, which...more
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.more
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,...more
The noble family von Palm built this palace as their new residential home in the most beautiful location of the town, right opposite the renaissance facade of the old town hall, in the mid-18th century. Since 1840 it has been the town hall of Esslingen, seat of mayor and magistrate.more
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;...more
The gate tower in the west of the old town is now standing free. Of course it used to be connected with the town walls. It protected a town gate and the spot where the Neckar branch entered the boundaries of the town - a vulnerable spot in case of a siege.The tower is a 'shell tower', i.e. only the three walls that face the outside are made from...more
The late Gothic Church of Our Lady is the earliest 'hall church' with three naves of equal height in the Southwest of Germany. However, the appearance of facades and interior tell of thorough refurbishing in the 19th century.Currently (summer 2010) parts of the facades and the steeple are under restoration and behind scaffolding. These works are...more
Hafenmarkt is an interesting location for architecture fans. Among the surrounding buildings you find some of the oldest houses of Esslingen. Gelbes Haus (the "yellow house") hosts the historical museum of the town. Its oldest part is the only preserved medieval tower house in town. A patrician family built it in the 13th century. The adjacent...more
The town wall along the "castle" can be climbed. Entry is free and access is on a wooden staircase from within the Burg area. You can walk a part of the parapet. This is the best photo option for a view over Esslingen, the Neckar valley and the surrounding landscape over to the Swabian Alb. The Fat Tower hosts a cafe but it wasn't open when we...more
Esslingen's so-called Burg is not really a castle. It is a part of the city fortifications on top of the hill above the city. This strategic point is especially fortified as a stronghold - whowver controls this hilltop can do whatever he likes with the city, so the citizens were of course interested in holding and protecting it. The town wall...more
The Neckar canals have provided the power to drive mill wheels and tools in artisans' workshops for centuries. In the times of early industrialization the canals were walled and more wheels installed to use the water power for machines in the factories. Some water wheels are preserved and still running, a technical monument just a few steps from...more
Grabbrunnenstrasse 19, Esslingen, 73728, de
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Plochinger Strasse 65, Esslingen am Neckar, Baden-Wurttemberg, 73730, Germany
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Neckarstr. 60 - 62, Esslingen, 73728, de
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Palmscher Bau belonged to the family von Palm, wealthy noblemen in Eslingen. The early 18th century houe, more a palais, at Innere Brücke has been turned into a restaurant. The restaurant has a cosy "old world" atmosphere with lots of wood. The timberwork is authentic and part of the architecture - unlike so many resturants with their fake...more
An outstanding restaurant just outside of the Innenstadt (Center Zone), in the Hotel Am Schillerpark. The husband-wife team have one of the truly fantastic restaurants to be found. Not pretentious, but very nice. Service is friendly and efficient - the food excellent. A must not miss. Try the Tagliatelle al Forno (Not served in summer months) -...more
Esslingen is about 15 minutes away from Stuttgart by train or S-Bahn. Although it is a suburb of Stuttgart, it is outside the central 10 and 20 zones, so be careful that your ticket covers it. If you buy the full three day StuttCart that covers all of the city, you will be able to travel here. Alternatively you can take the train, which is...more
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Despite the chocolate box appearance of its town center, Esslingen is very much a living town, and suffers from many of the problems of industrialised outer suburbs of many cities. It's a bit scruffy in parts, and looks like it has seen better days, and I saw more homeless people in its small town center than in the whole of Stuttgart. While they didn't cause me any trouble, it was a little disconcerting to take a turn down a quiet, narrow alleyway, to find myself confronted by a large group of loud, drunken men, lying on the floor, staggering around, or arguing with each other.
Pliensau is part of the center of Esslingen's old town and located at the other side of the Pliensau-Bridge which leads to the market place of this small town. It has a lot of historical frame houses built in the late middle ages, which are worth for a sightseing...There at the Pliensaustr. are also a lot of small restaurants, serving tasty...more
There is a once a week a nice Market were all the farmers from around offer there fresh products for reasonable prices. It's nice to stroll around there and whatch the people's bargain... There are also local street vendors where you can enjoy local food to go...more
Ladies, I have your attention now, haven't I?
However, this is about architecture not flirting...
The "Alemannic Men" are a type of construction in timberframe. For reasons of stability the vertical timbers have diagonal struts at the top and bottom that distantly resemble the outstretched arms and legs of a human figure. This system is typical for the Southwest of Germany.
Alemannic Men can be found on many half-timbered houses in Esslingen. Even prominent buildings like the old town hall and Schelztor have it. Apart from adding to stability it is also very decorative.