Hotel Scholl is located in the heart of the historic town of Schwäbisch Hall. Framed by half-timbered and important centuries-old buildings, one can still get an idea of the importance the city once had as a trading hub in medieval times.
Schwäbisch Hall is still a beautiful place to spend some time for pleasure or business in southern Germany. At the river Kocher, were salt used to be harvested from the water wells on Haalplatz square, you can sometimes still see how it used to be done.
We are proud that our houses make up a part of this big history. Especially the house of Thomas Schweicker, an artist and calligrapher (1540-1602). Born without arms, Schweicker became famous for painting and writing while holding a quill pen with his right foot. Thomas Schweicker used to live with his brother in this our latest addition to the hotel.
Hotel Scholl is the ideal place to start exploring the ancient narrow alleys of Schwäbisch Hall. You can join guided tours and our staff is happy to share the little secret places to discover around town.
Discover the harmony of past and present side by side in the historic town center with its narrow alleys and covered wooden bridges. On the official web site of the city you will find extensive information concerning your visit, the attractions as well as events and guided tours.
The Historic Town Center
One of the most beautiful historic town centers in southern Germany invites you to explore. Traversed by the river Kocher, the old salt-producing city features an impressive and complete image of an old town made up of a partially intact city wall, numerous towers, covered wooden bridges, a large number of stairs as well as medieval alleys nearly unchanged over the centuries.
The St. Michael's Church
St. Michael with its famous open-air staircase is majestically enthroned above the market square. Consecrated in 1156 as a Romanesque basilica, it was re-built as a gothic hall church between 1427 and 1525.
Worth seeing are - aside from the exceptional late gothic works like the Dutch passion altar from around 1460, the larger-than-life-sized crucifix of the Ulm sculptor Michael Erhardt (1494) and the filigree stonemason work of the figuratively rich tabernacle (1438) - the other altars, paintings and monuments. Likewise worth mentioning are the medieval ossuary beneath the choir, the epitaph of the armless calligrapher Thomas Schweicker or curiosities like a mammoth tooth found in 1605 or the „hunger box“ of 1817.
160 steps lead up the steeple to the belfry or the former apartment of the tower guard with a wonderful view across the entire town.
The Johanniter Church
The Johanniter church, a profaned 12th century chapel, offers an atmospheric museum ambiance for masterpieces from Lucas Cranach the Elder to Tilman Riemenschneider. The central piece of the important Collection of Old Masters dedicated to the art of southwestern Germany, including the area around Lake Constance and northern Switzerland of the late medieval period to the early renaissance is the former Fürstlich-Fürstenbergischer Bilderschatz Donaueschingen acquired by the Würth family in 2003.
The Urban Church
The church possesses three exceptional works with the fresco of Maria at the Spinning Wheel, a late-gothic high altar and a baroque organ.
Schwäbisch Hall is the shopping center of the region. Commerce and the change it bears have a long tradition here. In the lovingly restored town center you will find a colorful mixture of hustle and bustle and quiet strolls.
Culture is of high importance in our city. Part of it are our celebrations. Among the biggest and most beautiful ones are the Cake-and-Fountain Festival of the Schwäbisch Hall Salters on Pentecost and the Summernight Festival at the end of August. Colorful and full of lust for life are those two festivals, made possible by the involvement of hundreds of volunteers.
The Salters’ Court
The Great Salters’ Court Schwäbisch Hall is living proof of a complex past. Its roots go back to early medieval times when the young group of salters did not only produce salt from a well used already back in Celtic times, but also functioned as fire fighters or citizens’ guard in this „Free City of the Holy Roman Empire“.
Take advantage of our hotel as a base station for excursions into the surrounding countryside. Idyllic landscapes, impressive castles, refreshing streams as well as romantic roads and towns have inspired many of our guests to take a tour. Our own garage for bicycles and motorcycles is much appreciated.
Großcomburg is situated on top of a hill high above the Kocher valley and within viewing distance of the town. The former church and monastery complex is a monument of European rank. The St. Nikolaus church houses two treasures with the fire gilt altar front and the Romanesque chandelier. Learn everything important about opening hours and guided tours on the web site of the monastery.
Hohenlohe Open Air Museum Wackershofen
Just a few minutes by car separates the town center from the Hohenlohe Open Air Museum in Wackershofen. From the stately farm building to the small day laborer’s dwelling, from the mill to vintners’ houses to a chapel and a prison, they all cover a full palette of about 70 historic buildings from the 16th to the 20th century. Surrounded by gardens, meadows and fields full of farm animals of historic breeds, the past comes to life. The web site of the Open Air Museum supplies you with all important information on opening hours and guided tours.
Swimming, Fun and Recreation
As a town with a great salters’ tradition the salt water is still utilized today to pamper your body and soul in the Solebad and Schenkenseebad.
Hiking and Biking
Many of our guests take advantage of the Hotel Scholl as a base station for a nearly endless number of hiking, biking and motorcycle excursions. Whether it´s the Swabian-Franconia Forest, the Kocher-Jagst Bicycle Path or the Castles Road, there is always a lot to see whether on foot or on a bike.
Ballooning above the Land
After you´ve explored our towns and its surroundings, a romantic trip in a hot air balloon invites you to see the places of all your unforgettable experiences from the birds view.
Regularly, we´re able to welcome guests who aside from the many different aspects of the city take an interest in its rich cultural offerings. The open air theater „Freilichtspiele“ and the Globe Theater are known to connoisseurs of the stage.
Usually, our guests combine these experiences with a visit to the numerous art exhibits that are showing works by internationally known artists.
Additionally, Schwäbisch Hall impresses with its festivals and markets rich in tradition, filling our streets with the flair of the medieval. And as the town used to attract merchants from all directions to this place, the local Goethe Institute facilitates cultural connections in the present day.
Theater under the open sky is a very special experience in Schwäbisch Hall. Embedded in the picturesque scenery of the old town, professional theater has been presented on the Grand Staircase in front of St. Michael´s since 1925. There is acting, singing and dancing on the 53 steps that strive towards heaven. And the romantic market square turns into a theater box for theater lovers from near and far. Visit the official web page for the Freilichtspiele for schedules and reservations.
Globe Theater Schwäbisch Hall
The Globe Theater Schwäbisch Hall on an island of the Kocher river is the second principal performance space and a genuine Shakespeare theater. In this round wooden building with its 391 covered and weather-independent seats you´ll also find the children's and youth theater. For a view of the schedules and available tickets please consult the official web page of the Freilichtspiele.
Since its opening in 2001, the Kunsthalle Würth has turned into a veritable visitors’s magnet. With its by now 17,000 works from five centuries, the Würth Collection is considered one of Europe’s most important private collections. It has found an attractive exhibition space in the Kunsthalle Würth, designed by the Danish architect Henning Larsen where it is presented in ever-changing thematic aspects. Emphasis lies on important works of sculpture, painting and graphic arts of the late 19th century to the present day. The official web site of the Kunsthalle Würth informs you about current and planned exhibitions.
Old Masters Collection Würth
Housed in the Johanniter church, this collection presents among others works by Lucas Cranach or the world-famous Darmstadt Madonna, a masterpiece by Hans Holbein the Younger. The official web site of the Old Masters Collection informs you about the works on exhibit.
The Hällisch-Fränkisches Museum, situated in the medieval town center shows history, art and culture of the former Free City of the Holy Roman Empire and its environs on more than 3,000 square meters. An informative tour leads your from the geological beginnings of the region to the present day.
In this building next to the Haalplatz, the fortunes of the salters were decided upon over the course of centuries. A member of the Haal Council will gladly offer you insight into the genealogical books according to which even today the „Eternal Salters’ Pension“ is calculated.
Here you will find contemporary art in extraordinary spaces.
Airfield Museum in the Solpark
The museum shows a cross-section of the history of the Fliegerhorst Schwäbisch Hall 1934 - 1945 and the time of the US Army at the Dolan Barracks up to 1993.
Fire Fighters’ Museum
The Fire Fighters’ Museum comprises an exhibition area of more than 1,600 square meters and houses an inventory of 6,000 pieces, among them one of the largest collections of fire engines and helmets in Europe.
Concentration Camp Memorial Hessental
The memorial near the Hessental train station documents the history of the external concentration camp which existed there from October 1944 until April 1945.
House of the Metalsmith Emil Schmidt
On exhibit is the former residence of the Honorary Citizen Emil Schmidt from the 18th century with examples of the art of metalsmithing from four centuries.
Dieter Franck Haus
The Dieter Franck Haus houses and takes care of the artistic estate of the painter Dieter Franck (1909 - 1980). On view are the former residence and the paintings, designs and graphic works.
Haus der Ortsgeschichte (House of the Community History)
A collection of objects in village and peasant use.
Galerie am Markt
This art museum shows rotating exhibitions of contemporary German artists.
The Goethe Institute in Schwäbisch Hall is not only a place to learn German but also a meeting point of the cultures.
As an important economic center in southern Germany we are happy to welcome many business people in Schwäbisch Hall.
If you are looking for an exclusive location for a business stay for yourself or your guests, Hotel Scholl offers you the ideal parameters. Equipped with all the amenities expected by the business traveller, and in addition, the Bärbel American Bar provides relaxation needed after a strenuous business day.
Economic Center Schwäbisch Hall
Our city is not only the cultural but also the economic center of the region. On the official web site of the Economic Center Schwäbisch Hall you can learn more about the companies located here and the secrets to their success.
World Market Leader Summit
Each year, Schwäbisch Hall becomes the arena of the World Market Leader Summit, one of the largest meetings of world market leader entrepreneurs, consultants and decision makers whose participants from all over we´re always happy to welcome. The program of the event can be seen on the official web site of the World Market Leader Summit.