The rectangular gate tower from the 13th Century was originally part of the city's fortifications.
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The rectangular gate tower from the 13th Century was originally part of the town fortifications. A ring of walls, towers and gate towers protected the citizens of Esslingen since the Stauffer period. In the 19th Century, the old fortifications were in the way of the growing city. A large part was therefore demolished; since then, the gate tower has stood alone in the urban space.
Today, the Schelztor Gate Tower is one of a total of three gate towers still standing in Esslingen and is one of the city's most famous sights. The name Schelztor Tower goes back to a family Schelz, who ran a farm near the tower.
The gate tower today houses an ice cream parlour. A half-timbered wall was created at the side towards the town. In the 80s of the 20th Century, the artist Hubert von der Goltz created the sculpture "...arrived", which seems to float above the tower. A playful accent that stands in complete contrast to the still heavy, massive tower. It is definitely worthwhile to linger a little on the square in front of the Schelztor Gate Tower and let your gaze wander upwards.
The Schelztor Gate Tower stands close to the Rossneckar Canal, so you can take a relaxing walk along the water from here.