Schwaebisch Hall: My 3rd Favorite City in Germany

Castle wall/houses in Schwaebisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

If you haven’t heard of  Schwäbisch Hall you are not alone but don’t let it’s obscurity stop you from visiting.

Next to Maulbronn, and Bamberg Schwäbisch Hall is my favorite city in Germany.  It’s a historic town that once flourished with salt production dating back to the medieval times.    Its medieval roots are still visible by its towers, wooden bridges, Fachwerk houses (half-timber houses) cobblestone streets and partially preserved city wall.  Upon entering it, I felt like I was entering a time warp that threw me back 800 years.

I loved these colorful houses in the Marketplatz.

I loved these colorful houses in the Marketplatz.

I found the varying architectural styles of Schwäbisch Hall fascinating. Next to the Fachwerk houses is a Baroque City Hall:

Baroque City Hall in Schwäbisch Hall 's Marketplatz.

Baroque City Hall in Schwäbisch Hall ‘s Marketplatz.

Across from that is the Roman-Gothic St. Michael’s Church.  I was in awe of so many different architectural styles in one marketplatz!  St. Michael’s Church is worth a visit in itself.  I can normally be in and out of a church in a matter of minutes, but this one held my attention with its interesting artifacts, including a mass leg bone grave dating back from the middle ages.

St Michael's Church

The Roman-Gothic style of St. Michael’s Church sits prominently in the marketplatz.

And more Fachwerk houses:
Half-timber houses I find these houses with their  laundry hanging out to dry adorable.  They remind me of something straight out of a fairytale.  J.P. (my German husband) had another opinion and was mortified that I included the photo in this post. Perhaps they’re inhabited by some of the 2000+ students who study German at the renowned Goethe Institute.   I can’t think of a more picturesque setting for learning German.

Bridge tower

Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks that way.  Despite having a population of just under 40,000, Schwäbisch Hall residents represent over 100 different countries.  I don’t think I would want to leave after a couple of months of studying German here either.

Castle wall houses

Comments

  1. Jon Hoef says

    I lived in “The Hall” when I was stationed at Dolan Barracks in the early 1990″s and it was the best experience of my life. The city is beautiful and the festivals and the people there are great. Some of my best memories are of my young sons playing in the park downtown by the river and riding on the zip line in the park. I traveled extensive throughout Europe while stationed in Germany and I have to say I loved this little city! To those of you reading this if you have never been to this area of Germany it is a must see!

  2. bashir hwissa says

    i have been six months at schwabisch hall in 1978 and i cou ld not forget that wonderful time i spent in since that days, now one can imagine how i am feeling when i am seeing the photos above.

    • says

      @Bashir – So glad that it brought back good memories for you. I can imagine that Schwabisch Hall would be a wonderful place to spend 6 months.

  3. says

    Since studying German as GCSE back in England, I’ve cultivated a love affair with Deutschland. Never heard of this place, but would love to visit it. Must brush up on my German a bit, though. Last time I visited, I ordered an apfelkorn and ended up with a Black Forest Gateau.

    • says

      @Matthew – I didn’t realize that you studied German. Food is a great motivator for learning any language :). When I lived in Thailand one of the first things I learned to say was “no ice” since I don’t like ice in my drink.

      • says

        My eldest son’s now studying it at school. I like to try and converse with him in German but my recall is limited. My wife’s always saying, “Can’t you ask him anything else?” There’s a short answer to that: no.

        • says

          @Matthew – Haha, and kids learn so much more quickly than adults do. I was even surprised by how much more quickly the 19 year olds in my German class picked up on things than I did, or maybe I was just a slow learner.

  4. says

    I absolutely adore this town. Have visited several times and spent many mornings being woken by the 6am chime of St. Michaels Church! Great to see you featuring a town that I enjoyed so much :-)

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