Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two Weeks in Germany: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg was one of my favorite cities we visited. It is a must see place if you are in Germany. It is the oldest Medieval walled city in Germany. The castle was destroyed in an earthquake in 1356 and the stones were used to build the city wall to fortify the city. It is filled with shops, restaurants, museums, hotels and is so fun to walk and get a real feel for life in Medieval times.

You can climb stairs and walk along the city wall and see the city from there.

We paid to climb stairs up into the tower. I thought I would die it was such a climb, but once up there you have panoramic views of the city and it is gorgeous.

This is the spot called the fork in the road.

Rothenburg is known for it's Christmas Market. Christmas items all year round. We have a coo-coo clock from another trip, but I would have loved to get another one!

I think the alleyways are so charming. Flowers on balconies. The patina of the old paint. The colorful doors and shutters. All the fun details like unique shutter holders, or wood carvings over the doors, the beautiful stained glass or bottle glass windows.

It rained a lot in Germany. Do not leave home without an umbrella or raincoat.

I wasn't crazy about my gluten free meal in Rothenburg. It was chicken and vegetables cooked in a sauce that had a very strong red pepper taste. It was okay, but not my favorite.

The church is supposed to have a drop of Jesus' blood on the altar inside, so it was a place of pilgrimage.

Along the inside of the city wall they have espalliered fruit trees.


Southern Lady said...

Hi, Holly ...

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post about donkeys, and for the information about them. I'm so glad it led me to your Southern Seven.

I enjoyed seeing your beautiful pictures of Rothenburg, and look forward to reading more of your stories.

Janie @ Southern Lagniappe

Anonymous said...

We loved Rothenburg too...such a cool place to visit ...I believe its the only walled city left.. loved your pictures ...brought back memories.