Schwäbisch Hall

Schwäbisch Hall is in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Schwäbisch Hall, closeup to St. Michael's Church

Understand

Schwabisch Hall was founded by the Celts, but got its current name from the name for Swabia, and Hall for "drying something by heating it", likely due to the salt production that was the mainstay of the town. It grew prosperous with salt and in its power to mint its own currency. It therefore has many buildings from the Middle Ages, most intact since after the Thirty Years' War the town declined in power, so the latest buildings in the old town are from the Baroque period, replacing those burned in the last major fire the city had in 1728.

Get in

By car

Schwabisch Hall is two hours from Frankfurt taking the A6 highway, two hours away from Strasbourg via both A5 and A6 roads, one hour away from Stuttgart via A81 and A6 highway, two and a half hours from Munich via A9 and A6, three hours from Zurich via A81, four hours from Prague via E50 and A6, and five hours from Berlin via A9.

By train

there are regional trains from Crailsheim and Nürnberg

Get around

The old town is split between an upper town, which includes the town square and St. Michael's Church, and the lower town, by the river, where there is a Biergarten and more old town, as well as the Wurth Collection. They are connected by medieval stone stairways between buildings.

See

Rathaus (Town Hall)

If you go in the summer, you may see theatre in the town square on the steps of St. Michael's Church, or in the temporary Globe Theatre next to the Biergarten. However much of what to see is simply a medieval town, as well as the baroque town square.

Do

Eat

Since it is in the heart of Swabia, Schwabisch Hall has very good Swabian food, with restaurants in all parts of Schwabisch Hall. There are also many good cafes where you can have a good breakfast, and many good bakeries, butchers, pastry shops, and ice cream parlors that sell local cuisine.

Drink

You can get a cheap beer at the Biergarten, as well as a cheap dinner.

Sleep

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