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A Visit to Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg ob der Tauber City Walls
Since Rothenburg ob der Tauber is essentially on the way back to Munich from Nuremberg, and also
since we had been in Nuremberg all morning exploring,
we decided to visit Rothenburg on the way back.
The drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg was only 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.
This image is the town wall and Klingentorturm, a defensive tower.
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!
Rothenburg shops offer just about every German trinket and souvenir you can think of from cuckoo clocks and beer steins to German cookbooks and postcards.
Rothenburg Town Hall
It faces the Marktplatz (market square) on one side of the building. Part Gothic, from 1240, and part Renaissance, from 1572,the town hall is decorated with intricate friezes and a large stone portico opening onto the main market square. A climb to the top of the 60 meter (200feet) tower provides a view that sweeps across town and far into the Tauber Valley.
This is the "other side of the gate" of Plönlein, which you may remember from our previous pictures. You can also clearly
see that all of the streets here are cobble stone.
The term Plönlein is actually translated as a “small square at a fountain”, which means that the ensemble at the Plönlein also includes the fountain in front of the lone timber-frame house and the two towers of the old city wall that rise to its left and right.
Spital Bastion Moat
This was originally the moat of the Spital Bastion, a barbican with a pop-up roof built by Rothenburg architect and
stonemason, Leonhard Weidmann.
The Spital Bastion has 2 inner courtyards, has 7 gates, an upper walkway, and is surrounded by a dry moat you can walk in. The Spital gate bastion is the most recent part of the city’s fortifications – it was completed in 1537. The lettering on the gate’s arch says “Pax intrantibus – salus exeuntibus”, meaning “Peace to those who enter and health to those who leave”.
Approaching St. James's Church
We walked just about every street in the village, it is not very large, so walking with the goal of seeing everything
does not require a lot of time.
St. James is a historic Lutheran church, which serves as a church on the pilgrimage route to St. James Church in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It has two towers (south tower: 55.2 meters, 57.7 meters north tower).
More Shopping !
There were a number of unique shops, many of which sold things that could probably not be found back home. Here
is a good example. As intriguing as the statue was, I could not figure out a way to use it at home, so we did
not purchase one.
I am pretty sure that this was a "Nutcracker Soldier", but I could be mistaken.
Rothenburg Town Hall
Rothenburg’s Town Hall appears more like a monumental castle. In Rothenburg, having a beer cellar below Town
Hall was not enough – here the impressive tavern, the Ratstrinkstube, is towering above the Marktplatz.
NOTE: Image is the property of Berthold Werner via Wikipedia)
Roderturm Tower View
Rothenburg's walls and towers were built in the 13th century. Preserved are the “White Tower” and the Markus Tower
with the Röder Arch.
NOTE: Image is the property of 25asheshsharma1989 via Wikipedia)
You should keep in mind that this is a very, very popular place to visit 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.
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