"Market Square and Prettiest Half-Timbered House" Top 5 Page for this destination Esslingen Things to Do Tip by Kathrin_E
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Twice a week the market square hosts the farmers market. The big festivals throughout the year take place here. The wide market square is a rather recent acquisition in the old townscape. Until 200 years ago this was the location of the Hospital of St Catherine which has been demolished in 1811.
The square is surrounded by three churches. The huge parish church of St Dionysius occupies the southern side. In the west we find the catholic Münster St. Paul, the former Dominican abbey church, and further behind the Church of Our Lady, again protestant.
The eyecatcher in the square is the gable of the so-called Kielmeyerhaus with its fine decorated timberwork. This building is actually the wine press and cellar of the hospital, the only remaining part. The relief with the image of Saint Catherine refers to its former role. In the 19th century it was sold and turned into a residential house and shop. The owner Alfred Kielmeyer had a soap factory and a shop selling products from the colonies. His shop sign is still on the facade. However, nowadays the hosue is the seat of an institution that is of more interest to visitors: the town's tourist information office.
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