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Esslingen is bursting with history

As early as in Carolingian times, Esslingen was located on an important continental trade route, and was also an important place of pilgrimage. The first mention of the settlement was in 777, when Franconian abbot Fulrad of St. Denis near Paris mentioned it in his will. Esslingen enjoyed a second golden age under the Hohenstaufen dynasty in the thirteenth century. The people of the city were quick to realise that building two bridges over the River Neckar would secure their wealth. These two bridges – among the oldest in Germany – allowed the merchants safe passage over the Neckar, thus securing Esslingen’s status as a trading location. Esslingen was a free city of the empire and was directly under the control of the Kaiser. In this city of the empire, its proud citizens took control of their own affairs until Esslingen fell to Württemberg
in 1803. The nineteenth century saw Esslingen develop as a main centre of
industrialisation in Germany’s southwest. Even today, the city is still home to production facilities of companies leading the world in their fields.

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