Ths Marktplatz may win the prize for the most attractive in Germany. Fine half-timbered patrician houses flank the sloping square to the baroque Rathaus at the lower end. A 16th-century Gothic fountain adorned with statues of St. Michael with St. George and Samson stands in the center. The Marktplatz is the scene of festive occasions, such as the annual Kuchenfest, celebrating the ancient salt industry that grew around the salt springs in Schwäbisch Hall.

At the upper side of the Marktplatz, 54 imposing but delicately curved stone steps rise to the Michaelskirche. This 15th-century Gothic church cathedral retains a 12th-century tower. Many pews date from the 15th century, as does St. Michael's altarpiece in the side chapel. The church is open March to November 14, Monday noon to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm; November 15 to February, hours are Monday noon to 2pm, and Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 3pm. It costs 1.50€ to visit the church tower.

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