Esslingen am Neckar - From Esslingen Burg, Germany
Esslingen am Neckar is a city in the Stuttgart Region of Germany and lies along the Neckar River. It dates from the 13th century, and still retains its medieval structure with narrow, cobbled streets and many historic buildings. The main attractions are the Altstadt (Old Town) with its half-timbered houses, Market Square with its fountain and the Gothic town hall, St. Dionysius Catholic Church, and the spectacular views of the Neckar River Valley. The city is also home to some of the best festivals in the area, such as the Esslingen Christmas Market, the Esslinger Narrensprung (Carnival Parade) and the Esslinger Sommerspiel, an open-air theater. Esslingen also offers a variety of activities and sights, such as walking or biking along the Neckar Valley landscapes, and visiting the Castle of Former Counts, the Burgplatz ruins, the old city jail and the state-of-the-art botanical garden. Whether you are here for your history lesson, work or leisure, Esslingen am Neckar is a great destination for the traveler and photographer.