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Half- timbered houses

The old town houses is an often used subject for photos and was probably built around 1600 as a merchand´s house. The eastern beak shoes stylish frame work with renaissance jutties, the western beak is ornamentally painted. Hayingen was founded as a manufacturing village around 1245. For centuries its manufacturers and markets were of great importance for the broader vicinities on the southern Swabian Jura. In the 19th century the town hall did not only serve as administration building but also accommodated the bakehouse, bathhouse, two school classes and the fire service.
At the right angle to the town hall you can find the old merchant´s house, a distinguished building from the 16th century. For a long time the town hall and the merchand´s house were in possession of the Barons of Gundelfingen who ruled the town and whose “town castle” was located at the north-eastern part of the town wall. (Today only parts of the baselines of the former tower house can be seen.)
At “Karlsplatz” you can find “Gasthof Adler” (Eagle´s inn) which is one of the most beautiful buildings of the town due to its magnificent stylish frame work. On the corners of the building you can see braided hawsers and graved heads. The former castle tavern was built in to the town wall. In the 18th century the building was renewed in the traditional baroque style of that time.




 
Probably one of the oldest buildings in Hayingen is the “Alte Spital” (Old Spital) which was built in 1536 and is almost as long as the whole “Spitalgasse” (Spital lane). In 1536 on St.Valentine´s day the baron Schweikhardt of Gundelfingen founded the building as a poor house “in perpetuity”.


 
This building which today houses the “Zunftstube” (guild parlor) shows baroque frame work and traditional arcades. Until the beginning of the 19th century Hayingen was guild place for the masters of the surrounding area. The guild master was also the town´s captain which means he led the towns´ citizens into the battle if it was necessary to defend the town against enemies.
 
Cater-cornered of “Gasthof Löwen” (Lion´s inn) you can find the merchant´s and craftsmen house (probably 16th/17th century) with a very decorative frame work. In the house you can see parts of the tow wall and of the parapet walk.

 
The “Fruchtkasten” (granary) was the first building to be constructed completely from stone in baroque style around 17th/18th century. It has four levels and is quite impressive. After the abolishment of feudalism the farmers became proprietors of their farms and of the land and the custom of the tithe was given up. So granaries were not used anymore. The town bought the building and use it otherwise. From the end of the 19th century until the 20th century the building served as school. Today there are apartments in the building.
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