Even in earlier times, Schwäbisch Gmünd’s market square with its half-timbered, rococo and baroque buildings and the Old Town Hall was the secular center of the town. The counterpart was the Münsterplatz with the Heilig-Kreuz-Münster. Even today, these two, together with Johannisplatz, are the three largest squares in Schwäbisch Gmünd, where most of the town life takes place. Several narrow alleys lead to the market square, which has a striking ground plan in the shape of an hourglass. Nowadays, Schwäbisch Gmünd’s market square hosts regular events such as the Christmas market, the horse market or the Krämermarkt for the Kirchweih. Numerous cafés and restaurants around the square invite you to linger.