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City of engineers

To Theodor Heuss, Germany’s first president, Esslingen was “a town from the sample book of Romanticism”. But that is only half the truth: Esslingen is more than history and idyllic half-timbered buildings. It is also a laboratory for development and a workshop for the future. Tradition and progress go hand-in-hand in Esslingen.

Esslingen is a city of engineers. It was here that the engine of the Industrial Revolution in Württemberg droned. The "Maschinenfabrik Esslingen", which manufactured the first locomotive in 1847 and the last one in 1966, was an industrial giant. For a time it was the largest industrial enterprise in the 19th century, around which more successful companies very soon gathered. Their pioneer and inventor’s spirit lives on to the present day. Every year, about 350 patents developed by Esslingen engineers and inventors are proof of this.

Companies such as Festo and Eberspächer are leading specialists in automation technology. Many revolutionary inventions are the products of clever Esslingen minds, who will continue to set new standards in innovative technology. And an exhibition in the Old Town Hall shows masterpieces of technology from the Early Modern Period and the present day.