Esslingen Castle

Esslingen am Neckar, Germany

Esslingen Castle has been the city’s most recognizable landmark for almost 700 years. It was built originally in the 13th century and enhanced in 1519-1531. Preserved elements in the Old Town of the corresponding city wall include the Schelztor, the Pliensauturm and the Wolfstor. The castle is open to the public, and the famous Dicke Turm has also recently reopened for visits by guided tours. The ascent of more than 300 steps rewards visitors with a unique view over the city.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Melody McKiver (43 days ago)
Beautiful views, worth the hike up.
Hannah Markham (7 months ago)
Didn’t even realise that this was the castle when we were there. But definitely go up the long flight of stairs on the city wall - the views over the city and vineyards are breathtaking! We happened upon this stairway by chance. We were in Esslingen over December and it had snowed, so everything was dusted in snow. We spent a good afternoon exploring this area! This whole town is just magical - with its cobblestone streets, gorgeous gingerbread style houses and stunning views. It’s well worth stopping in Esslingen for a day to explore! And don’t forget the Christmas markets!
Ramona Duma (7 months ago)
The way up the hill, with bus and the way down through the stairs.Exploring the places nearby was a great experience and the View was absolutely gorgeous
Saba Bokuchava (9 months ago)
Absolutely lovely place! Eye catching view over the city, charming atmosphere. A place worth visiting every time you are in Esslingen. The staircase is cozy, and you should definitely go for it! It isn't that hard as it looks like! There is a good restaurant up there. You can just visit the courtyard to calm down as there is large free valley. The toilets were locked when we visited, worth to note that we were late at night up there, so that could've been problem. 10/10
Rachamadugu Haripriya (13 months ago)
Very very calm and peaceful place. The way up the hill and the exploring the places nearby was a great experience and the View was absolutely gorgeous ?? Great place for picnics, quality time and they even have a play area for kids ?
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