Schelztor Gate Tower
The square gate tower from the 13th century was originally part of the town fortifications. A ring consisting of walls, towers and gates had protected the citizens of Esslingen from the time of the Stauffer dynasty. In the 19th century the old defensive fortifications stood in the way of the expanding town. Many of them were therefore pulled down. Ever since the gate tower has stood on its own in the middle of the town. In addition, a shop was built in the gate tower; a half-timbered wall was created on the side facing the town. In the 1980s the artist Hubert von der Goltz created the Skywalker, a sculpture that seems to hover above the tower. It gives a playful touch quite in contrast to the massive gate tower.