The Best Day Trips from Esslingen

While you are in Esslingen for a business trip or holiday, we recommend a journey through the Swabian region, where each destination unveils a new chapter in Germany’s cultural narrative. From the bustling urban landscapes to the serene beauty of cascading waterfalls, this region is the perfect example of holiday in Germany. 

Discover the rich Swabian allure — all within a scenic drive from the comfortable Leonardo Hotel Esslingen.

Stuttgart (20 minutes away):


Our journey begins in Stuttgart, the vibrant capital of the Swabian region. This modern metropolis seamlessly blends contemporary elegance with historical charm. Museums, theatres, and parks offer a glimpse into the region’s cultural heartbeat, a haven where modern luxury meets mediaeval allure. The industrial area is one of the most important hubs of innovation and industry. Renowned globally as the birthplace of the automobile, thanks to industry giants like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, Stuttgart seamlessly blends historical charm with cutting-edge technology. The city’s museums, including the Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum, offer captivating insights into the evolution of automotive engineering and design.

Ludwigsburg (30 minutes away):


A mere 30-minute drive, Ludwigsburg unveils a majestic display of baroque architecture. Renowned for the opulent Ludwigsburg Palace, a Baroque masterpiece surrounded by splendid gardens, visitors can step into the pages of history. The sprawling palace grounds, adorned with meticulously manicured greenery, create an enchanting ambiance. Ludwigsburg also boasts the captivating Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, showcasing magnificent Rococo and Neoclassical architecture. Art enthusiasts can explore the Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, home to an extensive art collection. The city’s vibrant Ludwigsburg Market Square, lined with charming cafes and boutiques, invites leisurely strolls. For those seeking a day immersed in history, culture, and architectural splendour, Ludwigsburg stands as a captivating destination.

Tübingen (45 minutes away):


A scenic drive from Esslingen, Tübingen welcomes visitors with its idyllic setting along the Neckar River. Renowned for its prestigious university, Tübingen exudes an intellectual charm that blends seamlessly with its mediaeval architecture. A visit to the picturesque Old Town is a journey through cobblestone streets, lined with half-timbered houses and charming boutiques. The Hohentübingen Castle, perched atop a hill, offers panoramic views of the city and the Neckar River. The charming Hölderlinturm, a tower dedicated to the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin, adds to the cultural richness. Strolling along the Neckar waterfront or exploring the Botanical Garden provides serene respites. As you explore the town, the legacy of its university — founded in the 15th century — adds an intellectual flair to the timeless beauty.

Bad Urach (45 minutes away):

Bad Urach waterfalls

For those seeking to escape to the natural beauty of the Swabia, Bad Urach is the easiest place to reach, with a less than one hour journey from Leonardo Hotel Esslingen. There, expect a true serenade of water and nature. Moreover, the soothing sounds of waterfalls blend with the rustle of lush greenery at the Bad Urach Waterfall, a hidden gem, where cascades gracefully provide a tranquil retreat. Nature enthusiasts and hikers alike will find solace in this picturesque haven.

Hohenzollern Castle (1 hour away):

Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle, perched majestically atop Mount Hohenzollern, stands as a testament to mediaeval grandeur and offers a captivating experience for visitors of all ages. The castle’s imposing towers and fortified walls create a fairy-tale-like setting, capturing the imagination of children and adults alike. The interior showcases a rich collection of historical artefacts and ornate chambers, providing an educational journey through time. The panoramic views from the castle grounds offer breathtaking scenery that can spark the curiosity of young minds. Families can explore the castle’s sprawling courtyards and learn about the noble history of the Hohenzollern dynasty through engaging exhibits. With its captivating architecture and the allure of an ancient stronghold, Hohenzollern Castle presents an enriching and enjoyable experience for families, making it a worthwhile destination to visit with children.

Ulm (1 hour away):


Ulm, where the imposing Ulm Minster dominates the skyline, is a captivating destination for a day trip from Esslingen. The world’s tallest church spire is an iconicGothic masterpiece. Visitors can climb the 768 steps to the top for panoramic views of the city and the Danube River. The charming Fishermen’s Quarter, with its narrow alleys and mediaeval houses, adds to Ulm’s historical allure. A leisurely stroll along the River Danube promenade provides a serene escape, while the modernity of the Einstein Fountain pays homage to the city’s intellectual legacy. With a wealth of cultural sites, charming streets, and a welcoming atmosphere, Ulm promises a rewarding day trip for those seeking a perfect blend of history and contemporary charm.

As you traverse the Swabian region, let the Leonardo Hotel Esslingen be your gateway to comfort and convenience. Amidst the rich historical tapestry and natural wonders, this hotel offers a modern retreat — a place to unwind and reflect on the captivating experiences Swabia has to offer.
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