COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Esslingen
Travel Guide

From a medieval old town to open-air jazz concerts and an almost 200-year-old bodega, this riverside city is one of southern Germany’s most captivating destinations.

Magnificent architecture, colorful festivals, beautiful parks and a vibrant culinary scene; the attractions of Esslingen am Neckar are varied and showcased with civic pride. Esslingen am Neckar straddles the Neckar River in the Baden-Württemberg region, where it has been shaped for over a millennium. Its atmospheric Old Town is an enthralling mix of canals and cobblestone alleys home to hundreds of historical buildings, half-timbered landmarks, cafés, galleries and theaters.

The Old Town’s compact layout makes it a great place to explore on foot. Admire monuments, including the 13th-century Schelztor Gate Tower and Wolfstor Gate Tower. Note the contrasting styles of the New Town Hall and Old Town Hall. Visit the Romanesque-Gothic Stadtkirche St. Dionys and St. Paul’s Minster, Germany’s oldest Dominican monastery. Looming over the touristic center with sweeping city views is Esslingen Castle.

Get an insight into the city’s ancient history at the Yellow House Stadtmuseum. Step back in time to the Franconian Empire at the underground Excavations Museum. See collections of centuries-old children’s books at the J.F. Schreiber Museum. Browse exhibitions of contemporary art at Villa Merkel, the municipal art gallery located in riverfront Merkelpark. Spot impressive crypts and mausoleums at Ebershaldenfriedhof.

Be sure to delve into the city’s food and wine culture. Sample regional dishes such as maultasche, a filled pasta similar to ravioli. Take a tour of Kessler Sekt, the country’s longest-operating sparkling wine producer. Watch a theater performance at Württembergische Landesbühne and attend jazz shows at the Jazzkeller.

Plan your visit around one of the many colorful festivals. April’s PODIUM Festival welcomes young and upcoming chamber music artists from across Europe. Enjoy some family-friendly fun at the world-famous Esslingen Medieval Market, which takes place for month from late-November. Shop at the stalls of around 200 costumed craftspeople and be entertained by street performers.

Reach Esslingen am Neckar by flying to Stuttgart and then catch a train or rent a car from there. It’s a comfortable daytrip from Stuttgart or you can stay overnight at hotels and guesthouses, some set in the city’s medieval houses.

Where to stay in Esslingen

the niu Timber
the niu Timber
3 out of 5
Otto-Bayer-Straße 8, Esslingen
The price is £43 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in Oberesslingen, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kessler Sekt, Nymphaea Zoo and Esslinger Burg. Technical Academy Esslingen is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (32 reviews)

"Nice, clean and new. Breakfast well furnished. Small rooms though."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

the niu Timber
ECOINN Hotel am Campus
ECOINN Hotel am Campus
3 out of 5
Kanalstr. 14-16, Esslingen, BW
The price is £73 per night from 20 Mar to 21 Mar

Located in Innenstadt Esslingen, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kessler Sekt, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mercedes-Benz Arena and Mercedes Benz Museum. New ...

3.9/5Very Good! (187 reviews)

"Check-in was quick and easy, room was clean and spacious, location was great - close to train station and downtown. Would definitely recommend staying here!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019

ECOINN Hotel am Campus
Neo Hotel Linde Esslingen
Neo Hotel Linde Esslingen
4 out of 5
Ruiter Strasse 2 - 6, Esslingen, Baden Wuerttemberg
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £88 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Located in Berkheim, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Technical Academy Esslingen, Nymphaea Zoo and Kessler Sekt. Esslinger Burg is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...

3.9/5Good! (55 reviews)
Very nice

"Very nice hotel, clean and comfortable. Nice steak house next door."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Neo Hotel Linde Esslingen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Great big Apartment, Flexible up to 7 Rooms / 19 Beds / 4 Bathrooms
Great big Apartment, Flexible up to 7 Rooms / 19 Beds / 4 Bathrooms
Blumenstraße 58, Esslingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Located in Innenstadt Esslingen, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kessler Sekt and Esslinger Burg. Nymphaea Zoo and Technical Academy ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Recomended for fair excibitors

"clean, good equiped, quite neighborhood good if you want to relax after hard day on fair"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Great big Apartment, Flexible up to 7 Rooms / 19 Beds / 4 Bathrooms
Esslingen am Neckar ~ Apartment in a prime location ~ Downtown / Old Town
Esslingen am Neckar ~ Apartment in a prime location ~ Downtown / Old Town
Esslingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Located in Innenstadt Esslingen, this ski apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Kessler Sekt and Esslinger Burg. Technical Academy Esslingen is 2.5 ...

Esslingen am Neckar ~ Apartment in a prime location ~ Downtown / Old Town
Ab Apartment 54
Ab Apartment 54
3 out of 5
Kollwitzstraße 2, Esslingen

Located in Innenstadt Esslingen, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kessler Sekt and Esslinger Burg. Technical Academy Esslingen is 2.2 mi (3.6 ...

Ab Apartment 54
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Esslingen

Top things to do in Esslingen

Reviews of Esslingen

4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
0
5 - Excellent 0%
4 - Good
1
4 - Good 100%
3 - Okay
0
3 - Okay 0%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

Cities near Esslingen