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  Old town hall
by Kathrin_E
  • Old town hall - Esslingen
      Old town hall
    by Kathrin_E
  • Altes Rathaus - Old Town Hall - Esslingen
  • Old town hall, gothic portal - Esslingen
      Old town hall, gothic portal
    by Kathrin_E

Esslingen has three historical town halls. The oldest of them is the most beautiful and most impressive. The half-timbered building, six storeys high, was oribinally built as "bread and tax house" in 1422. It is a remarkable example of late gothic timberframe architecture. Note the elaborate construction with the pattern of "Alemannic men" and the big wooden nails in the timbers.

The southern gable with its two gothic portals is facing a small square which is surrounded by other houses of similar age and style (photo 2).

The southern side of the old town hall is impressive enough but make sure you walk around the building to the northern end, you'll think you see an entirely different building... more in the following tip.

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  • Written Sep 18, 2010
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