Preserving the old - designing the new, this was the basic credo of the last decades, permeating every renovation in the town centre. This attitude generated attractive contrasts that turn walking and shopping into a special event.
The unmistakeable townscape - a huge half-timbered ensemble extending uphills from the river Kocher - is argument enough to discover Schwäbisch Hall. The quite special atmosphere of the old saltmaker's town discloses to the guests on the wonderful marketplace. Architectural styles of all the epochs from the Romanesque-Gothic Saint Michael's church to the Baroque town hall merge into an impressive sight.
In the Tourist Information you can borrow an audio guide for self-guided tours. Many of the museums in the town are also offering audio guides.
Picturesque Old Town
The picturesque old town, one of the nicest in south Germany, invites to stay for a while. The old saltmaker's town, dissected by the river Kocher, its partially preserved town wall, many towers, roofed wooden bridges, a huge number of stairs and 'stäffele' or stair-like lanes, as well as nearly unchanged medieval lanes, make for an impressively harmonious townscape.