Esslingen 360° panorama

Welcome to our panorama page!

Here you will get some impressions of our wonderful city, Esslingen am Neckar.

We would be pleased to welcome you as one of our guests, there will always be much to discover in Esslingen.

We are looking forward to your visit in Esslingen! To view just click on one of the 360° panorama to get more than a first impression.

Brücke am Schelztor (Bridge at Schelztor)

The whole city once was a well-fortified fort protected by towers and walls. Due to the canals, which flow through the inner city, there was not one entire circle of walls: in fact the inner city, located on the north side of the canals and the “Pliensau” - south of the canals – each had their own continuous walls.

The “Schelztor” tower was built during the second half of the 13th century and is the north western corner tower of the “Pliensau” wall. It is one of three preserved gate towers of the city. Together with the “Pliensau” tower they served to protect the “Pliensauvorstadt” (suburb). The original wire-walker on top of the tower was added at the end of the 20th century by Hubert van der Goltz as an artistic eye-catcher.


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Hafenmarkt (haven market)

The “Hafenmarkt” is located inside of the “Staufen” core city. In 1465 it was for the first time named as “Krautmarkt” (cabbage market) and from 1580 on it was documented as “Hafen- and Krautmarkt” (haven and cabbage market). Today’s size of the place was formed by the town fire in 1701. It destroyed about 200 houses of the town including the town hall. The group of houses on the south side of the market is one of Germany’s oldest rows of half-timbered houses called “Fachwerkhäuserzeile”. The houses were built from 1329 to 1333.

The “Gelbe Haus” (yellow house – due to its yellow color) with its residence tower from the 13th century is also located at the “Hafenmarkt”. Inside the “Gelbe Haus” you will find the town museum.

The Name “Hafenmarkt” is not named haven market due to the proximity to the water but shall remind us that all medieval towns had their own specific market areas. In the past bread, cabbage and pottery were sold here. The pottery also called “Häfele” in Swabian named the place “Hafenmarkt”.


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On the verge of the “Ottilienplatz” there was an old hospital with a courtyard, gardens and a chapel called “Ägidiuskapelle”. The name “Ottilienplatz“ was derived in a bizarre way from the word “Ägidius”. In the past the “Ilgenbad” was located here. It was told that a bath in sulfate water shall cure all diseases. Today you will find a beautiful fountain, which gets its water from two springs of the “Ebershaldenfriedhof“ (cemetery).

The “Ottilienplatz” is located in the south-east of the “Staufen” core city. Eponymous was the “Ottilienhof”, which is located south of the place (former access yard of the “Katharinenspital” (hospital)).


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Fischbrunnenstrasse (Fish fountain street)

Fischbrunnenstrasse (Fish fountain street)


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Apothekergasse (pharmacist alley)

The Apothekergasse (pharmacist alley) in Esslingen am Neckar is 78 meters long

  • Apothekergasse 2 apartment building, structure work of the 17th century
  • Apothekergasse 5 cellar, old vault cellar from the 13th century
  • Apothekergasse 7 apartment building, half-timbered building from 1347
  • Apothekergasse 11 apartment building, half-timbered building from 1493/94
  • Apothekergasse 13 apartment building house of the pharmacis Johann Kautter from 1644


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Rathausplatz (Town hall)

Since 1589 an aesthetic clockwork operates the hand and the face of the clock, as well as a series von figures.

The two-storey bell tower: In 1927 thanks to the residents of Esslingen and their donations the dainty tower got a glockenspiel (carillon).

The figures at the gable: on the right “Temperentia” (temperance) and to the left “Justitia” (justice) lean towards each other at every full hour strike. To this the eagle flaps its wings. At noon you will see figures coming out of the small windows symbolizing the different days of the week. And finally you will hear the glockenspiel.

At the top the astronomical clock, on the edge it shows the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The hand, which indicates the position of the sun, takes one year for one circuit. The hand, which indicates the position of the moon, takes 27 days and 7 3/4 hours. The hand, which is called the “Drachenzeiger” (hand of the dragon), does one circuit every 19 years. If all hands are in the same position this announces an upcoming solar or a lunar eclipse.

The south gable of the old town hall is characterized by heavy oak beams having the shape of a “Swabian man”.


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Küferstrasse (Cellarman street)

The „Küferstraße“ was part of the medieval long-distance merchant road from Speyer to Ulm. As one of the most important thorough roads, lot of hostels and guesthouses were located at the “Küferstraße”

Starting at the corner to the “Ritterstraße” (Knight street), the „Küferstraße“ ends at the Wolftor (wolf tower).