Esslingen is bursting with history. More than 1,200 years of architecture. An Old town of national fame. Gothic churches, medieval half-timbered buildings, Baroque palaces, the oldest row of half-timbered houses in Germany. More than 800 historical buildings are squeezed together within a small space, criss-crossed by narrow cobbled alleys and enchanting canals, surrounded by the Neckar an vineyards towered over by the castle hill an adorned with the Renaissance gable of the Old Town Hall.
But Esslingen is more than just medieval. Proof of this can be seen in the villas of the manufacturers like the Villa Merkel, which is now home to modern art, towering industrial buildings like the knife manufacturer DICK, where today cinemas an bars make life more enjoyable, or the cool-clear glass façade of the Neckar Forum, with a nationwide reputation as a congress centre.
Esslingen abounds in things to explore and discover: Kessler, Germany’s oldest sparkling-wine producer, which is ho7used in a former monastic building; the tiny Baroque bridge houses perched on the Inner bridge where coffee an high spirits are served; a lively cultural scene with galleries, theatres and historical vaulted cellars where cabaret artists an jazz musicians perform. And: Esslingen is a city of engineers. The Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is always one of the top addresses in the rankings, supplies qualified young engineers. Its graduates never need to worry about getting jobs. Festo is the leading specialist in automation technology with 59 national companies and more than 250 branches worldwide.