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Schwäbisch Hall Overview

Schwäbisch Hall is a town in the German state of Baden-Württemberg; it is the capital of the district of Schwäbisch Hall. The town is located in the valley of the river Kocher in the north-eastern part of Baden-Württemberg. Today, about 36,000 people live in Hall.

The most probable origin of the name Hall is a west Germanic word family that means drying something by heating it. It obviously refers to the method to produce salt by heating salty groundwater. With the dwindling importance of salt, Hall looked for new industries. Today it is known for Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall AG, a housing credit company, founded in 1944, as well as a local centre for service industries.

Things to See in Schwäbisch Hall

The old synagogue has been handsomely restored

St. Michael Schwäbisch Hall

The Kunsthalle Würth, 2001 by Gerhard Schröder opened falls through its architectural quality.

The St. John Hall is an originally Romanesque (late 12th century), then later transformed into a Gothic church

Marktplatz

City fortifications on arbitration with trench gate, city walls and towers as well as "new development" (large arsenal of 1526).

Stadtbefestigungen, with trench gate, city walls and towers

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More about the History of Schwäbisch Hall

Salt was distilled by the Celts at the site of Hall as early as the fifth century. The first time it was mentioned in a treaty was in 1156, connection with the establishment of St. Michael's Church in Hall. The village probably belonged first to the Counts of Comburg-Rothenburg and went from them to the Imperial house of Hohenstaufen (ca 1116). It was probably Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa who founded the imperial mint and started the coining of the so-called Heller. Hall flourished through the production of salt and coins. Since 1204 it has been called a town.

In 1934, Hall was officially named Schwäbisch Hall. During the Third Reich a Luftwaffe air base was built at Hessental. In 1944 a concentration camp was established next to the train station Hall-Hessental. The train station at Hall was targeted by an American air raid on February 23, 1945, but the devastation was mostly limited to the suburbs of St. Katharina and Unterlimpurg. The town was occupied by US Army troops on April 17, 1945 without serious resistance; though several buildings were destroyed or damaged, the historical old town suffered comparatively little.

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Schwäbisch Hall is a town in the German state of Baden-Württemberg; it is the capital of the district of Schwäbisch Hall. The town is located in the valley of the river Kocher in the north-eastern part of Baden-Württemberg. Today, about 36,000 people live in Hall.

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