Five towers of the town's medieval fortification are preserved. Königsturm in the south is the largest of them. Due to its position on the hillside it overlooks the whole old town.All those towers are only halves - the inner side towards the town is open so that any enemy who conquered a tower was unable to use it as fortification against the...more
The huge, six-storey half-timbered house was originally part of Heilig-Geist-Spital (hospital of the Holy Spirit). After the independent city of Schwäbisch Gmünd became part of Württemberg in 1802/03 it was used as Amtshaus (seat of the local administrator). The impressive house is now used by the town library.more
The church of the former Augustine monastery was built in the 15th century and redecorated in the 18th century by town architect Johann Michael Keller. The convent buildings were renewed in 1732 while the older church remained.The church is now used by the protestant community of the town.more
The former Dominican monastery was closed down and secularized in 1802/03. After several other uses and damages to the buildings, the baroque complex was restored and transformed into the cultural centre "Prediger" which contains the city museum of history and art, rooms for events etc.more
Johanniskirche is a remarkable example of late Romanesque architecture and sculpture. Note the portals and the figures sitting in the windows and in the frieze. The church once had a gothic choir which has been rebuilt in neo-Romanesque style in the 19th century. In those times the interior and the facades have also been refurbished. Unfortunately...more
The new town hall (left in the photo, now half-hidden behind the festival stage) substituted the Grät as seat of the town administration in the 18th century. It was designed by town architect Johann Michael Keller and erected between 1760 and 1785.The crests on the facade refer to the town's status as imperial city. Next to the town's crest, the...more
The large 14th/16th century half-timbered house in the southwestern corner of market square served as town hall until the new baroque town hall was built next to it.In the 19th century the house underwent further changes, during which also the old relief showing the Three Magi was installed in the middle of the facade.more
Am Markt 11, Schwabisch Hall, Baden-Wurttemberg, 74523, Germany
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Am Market 12-13, Schwabisch Hall, Baden-Wurttemberg, 74532, Germany
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Klosterstrasse 2-4, Schwabisch Hall, Baden-Wurttemberg, 74523, Germany
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Are you kidding ? How can you resist a restaurant named Vito's. It's also right around the corner from my house. Vito's will get a lot of business from me. It's more of a carryout/delivery place, but there are a couple of tables as well. Spaghetti Bolognese, Quattro Formaggio Pizza. Salty, but tasty and good.more
A dark, yet cozy sit down restaurant. You are greeted at the door with a handshake, taken to your table and presented with a shot of Ouzo. After dinner, an apertif is served. Too many good ones to chose from, but I like the combonation plates. They do have English menus, just ask...more
A small, smoky bar with an Irish theme. You can get Guinness and Kilkenny here. There is often Irish music on the jukebox, and if there isn't just ask. If Sandra is working behind the bar, don't try to outdrink her. I swear she has a hollow leg to put the liquor in. Just have clothes onmore
CNN on the TV, cheesy songs on the jukebox, English speaking bartenders. Good inexpensive Italian food (Gnocchi mit Basillico is my favorite). A great liquor selection. An owner (Andriano) who is from Italy, has lived in America, and now makes his home in Germany. A house dog that is adorable. No dress code.... I've seen anything from jeans/tshirt...more
There are many stadplan maps located around town, so it is impossible to get lost for too long, zou can also use the church steeple to guide you back to the center of town... I have also included a link to an interactive map system.
A wonderful farmer's market that is common in Germany. I buy my fruit, vegetables, breads and sometimes my chicken and salmon here. All is fantastic. My favorite stall is the Greek gentleman who sells various greek specialties including olives, sun dried tomatoes, and cheese among others
What to buy: All your groceries, meat, and flowers. We need to support small shops our they will disappear as they are doing in the USA...
"Kehrwoch'" refers to the weekly cleaning duty, which takes turns among the inhabitants of a house. It is a Swabian virtue which is taken very seriously.On Saturday, the alley has to be swept no matter what. This applies under all circumstances, even if it concerns a stage where a band of 30 Gugge musicians is playing right now...more
The annual Guggemusik festival takes place in the squares of Schwäbisch Gmünd on one weekend before carnival - check the town's website for the exact date, it will be published a couple of weeks earlier.The festival begins on Friday evening with the Guggenball (tickets needed).Saturday is the best day for visitors. In the morning the Narrenbaum ...more
The 20th annual Guggenmusiktreffen takes place on the 22/23 of March, 2003. This is an annual event in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Bands from all over come to march through the streets and drink copious amounts of beer.... Sounds like my kind of custom...Ok, the epilogue...OH MY GOD... I can't explain the day (mostly because of the beer a drank), but you...more
You come to SG, fully confident of your newly learned German language skills, you speak to the first person you meet, he smiles, and says something back to you that you can't understand at all...Welcome to the Swabian language, the local version of German...
Don't fret too much, most people can still understand you (and some speak English), you may just have difficulty understanding them...
See website below for further information on the Swabian dialect....
There is an old railbed converted into a trail just behind my house. You can take it for miles. There is a cool restaurant that you can stop at on the way home to have a cold one.
You can go from village to village... Really neat and good exercise.
Equipment: Hiking boots, water, a mountain bike, dog, whatever....
Finding your way in Schwäbisch Gmünd is easy.
1. Metal boards with maps have been put up in many places all over the town.
2. If you arrive by train and want to take a leaflet with a map with you, walk into the station hall first. The local tourist office has put up a shelf which contains town maps and other leaflets on museums and events, free to take. The shelf can be found inside the station hall next to the exit door that leads to platform 1.