Rothenburg Germany

Since Rothenburg ob der Tauber is essentially on the way back to Munich from Nuremberg, we decided to make that our next exploration. 112 kilometers via the A-6 autobahn, however a major accident caused a horrendous traffic backup that turned what should have been an hour trip into a 2+ hour crawl.

One of the most famous postcard images from Rothenburg ob der Tauber is definitely the Plönlein. A narrow half-timbered building with a small fountain in front, it is framed by the Kobolzeller tower and the higher Siebers Tower, with lovingly restored townhouses to the right and left, creating a charmingly picturesque effect.

Jeremy had discovered a very nice chess set in a local shop, and we purchased it and had it shipped to our home in Virginia. You can see how excited he is, because it is a very cool chess set!

This is the Rothenburg Town Hall facing the Marktplatz (market square) on one side of the building.

This is the "other side of the gate" of Plönlein, which you may recognize from our first row of pictures. You can also clearly see that all of the streets here are cobble stone.

As you can see, there are a number of small & diverse shops in Rothenburg! And yes, if you own a shop or live in Rothenburg, you can drive your car in and park. If not, you have to park in the parking lot and make your way in on foot.

Rothenburg Town Hall (image is the property of Berthold Werner via Wikipedia)
Rothenburg as seen from the Roderturm Tower, (image is the property of 25asheshsharma1989 via Wikipedia)

We finally arrive at Rothenburg, a "living museum" with cobble stone streets, shops, and a wall surrounding the entire village. You should keep in mind that this is a very, very popular place to visit and during the summer months, visitors come here constantly. If you do not get here early in the day, the streets, shops and restaurants will be crowded - and parking could be a challenge!

Rothenburg is a beautiful example of a medieval village. One must park outside the village interior area (no visitor's cars inside the walls) and walk in, where you will find a number of shops and restaurants. The types of shops vary - everything from t-shirts to art, so walking about here is not only a trip through history, it is a nice shopping stroll as well. You should note that on Sunday, the majority of shops are closed. However, many of the cafes, restaurants, museums and souvenir shops will be open.

There is no admission fee required to visit Rothenburg, and because it is not a very large village, it is easy to walk about and enjoy.

 Quick History Lesson 

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. It is part of the popular Romantic Road through southern Germany.

Rothenburg was a Free Imperial City from the late Middle Ages to 1803. In 1884 Johann Friedrich (von) Hessing (1838-1918) built up "Wildbad Rothenburg o.d.T." during the 1884-1903 timeframe.

The name "Rothenburg ob der Tauber" is German for "Red fortress above the Tauber". This is so because the town is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. As to the name "Rothenburg", some say it comes from the German words rot (red) and burg (burgh, medieval fortified settlement), referring to the red colour of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. The name may also refer to the process of retting ("rotten" in German) flax for linen production.

 The above information was extracted from Wikipedia.

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