Rothenburg ob der Tauber


This post was originally written in 2012 about our summer visit to Rothenburg:

We had our next round of visitors last week!  My mom and sister made the long haul from Seattle over to see us (and do some sightseeing).  I picked them up from the Frankfurt airport which is massive, and has a very frustrating parking system.  We had a little bit longer drive back than planned due to some crazy detours.  Thank goodness for a GPS!  For their first day/night here, the goal was to relax but make them stay awake until bedtime so they could try to get onto the European time zone as easily as possible.  So we walked down to the grocery store, cooked dinner, and walked some more around our neighborhood.

We have these beautiful flower fields right up the street where you can just cut how many stalks you want and then drop some coins in the pay box when you leave.  Self-serve flowers!

Mom, sis, & me altogether in Deutschland!

The next morning we hit the road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  It’s a medieval town about 2.5 hours away from us.  It’s very quaint and charming.  The whole city has a wall around it.  The town itself was established in 1170.

Markt Platz

We had lunch on the square, and even had some live entertainment.  There was an American band group playing in the square while we ate.  They played such classic hits as the Indiana Jones theme and each U.S. military branch’s song.  A little strange sitting in an old town in Bavaria listening to “…and the Army goes rolling along…” Ha, well they were definitely patriotic, just not sure anyone told them they were playing in Europe, not the States.

It didn’t take Hubby long to find a fresh fruit stand and grab a snack for the walk around town.

We wandered through shops, churches, and streets.  Finally we came upon the Medieval Crime and Punishment museum.

Giving the stocks a try.
These two look like trouble, don’t they?

 The museum showcased the brutal ways they used to punish people.  My favorite were the shame masks they used to make people wear around town.  You even had to wear one if you were accused of being a gossip!  Another creative solution was to lock quarreling people into a wooden “violin” where they were basically stuck together until they solve the argument.


 To go along with this medieval theme.  We also took the Nightwatchman’s tour.  Led by one of the best tour guides ever.  This guy has a very distinctive cadence to his voice which makes his delivery hilarious.  He took us around town, explaining the history of the city and how things used to be.  Very entertaining, and lots of fun!

View of the valley outside the walls of Rothenburg.

 After the tour, we capped the night off with some gelato, and headed off to bed.  Rothenburg was a lot of fun, and a really charming little town.  It’s a popular place for tourists, but it’s easy to see why.

Before we could leave Rothenburg, we had to try one of their signature pastries.  I present to you, the schneeballen or “snowballs”.  They were in every bakery’s window.  The place we went to had a baker making them on the spot.

Schneeballen come in almost any flavor you can think of.

I went with the recommendation of the girl at the register-something with Nutella inside.  It was pretty tasty.

Caught mid-bite.

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