Esslingen City Hall

Esslingen City Hall


From the merchant and tax house to the town hall

Even when the present Esslingen town hall was built as a merchant’s and tax house in 1422 and 1423, care was taken to make the building as representative as possible. No wonder, then, that it is still considered the most beautiful building in the city today. While the ground floor housed bread and meat barns, the upper floor was a meeting and dance hall. The early Baroque council chamber, from whose windows death sentences were pronounced at that time, was separated from the south side in 1665. The Renaissance façade, which was added to the north side at the end of the 16th century, is particularly striking. On guided tours, you can marvel at the astronomical clock and the astrolabe.


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