Just 20 minutes by train from Stuttgart you find an old well preserved city Esslingen on the river Neckar. Why this is a dynamite place? Here you find more than 200 fachwerk houses dating from the 13th till 16th century. Narrow lanes, a place to stroll and explore. A place to discover wine pubs, old blatterd doors, new views round every corner and no tourists. Some hightlights…
You immediately get into the historical atmosphere when you walk from the station to the old city. After the shopping street you pass the Schelztortum. A tower which is built in the 13th century, protecting the city Esslingen.
2. Fachwerk hauses – Timer framed houses
Heading to the church on your left you find the market place. It is surrounded by wonderful fachwerk hauses. One to point out is Kielmeyerhaus, one of the most beautiful fachwerk hauses in Esslingen. Built as a winepress in 1582 for the Katharinen hosipital. It’s nowadays the biggest fachwerk hause and remaining building of the hospital.
3. Altes Rathaus
Just turn around from the Kielmeyerhaus towards Rathausplatz and you see an impressive red 15th century building. Another significant building which is the Altes Rathaus (Old town house)
4. Kessler house – oldest producer of sprakling wine
You cannot miss the stadskirche from the marketplace, church St. Dionys. Here take the left way where you can find another remarkable 13th century building Spreyer Zehnthof also called Spreyer Pleghof / Kessler house. Nowadays it houses Germany’s first and oldest producer of sparkling wine.
For a museum and lunch break you can head to the Hafenmarkt wich is surrounded by some of the oldest houses in Esslingen. The yellow house is today’s city museum.
6. View above - Dicker Turm
For me the best part of exploring the town was discovering the Burg above the town centre also called Dicker Turm. The Burg can be reached by a stairs. It can be a heavy climb for some folks but you will defently be rewarded by the view of vineyards and town.
Ssst ….There is more to see so go ahead and explore this stunning town in one of the most traditional region of Germany - Baden Württemberg.