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