SPOTLIGHT ON: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Oh this poor blog – it needs a little dusting for all the neglect over the past few weeks! The good news is that they have been busy, fun weeks filled with adventures to all new places (London!) – and the craziness only continues in the next couple of weeks with trips to Rome and Venice on the books.

A co-worker of mine asked me to make a list of places he should take his family when they get here in the next couple of weeks, so I sent him a list of places I had posted on here (and realized just how long it had been since any updates or reminiscent posts!) and one of the places at the top of my list was Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Rothenburg is one of the towns on the German “Romantische Strasse,” or Romantic Road, and is arguably one of the cutest. The history is quite fascinating – the town dates back to 970, with the walls that surround the city still standing despite being built in 1241! The town and its people survived the 30 Years War, a plague outbreak and were barely spared during World War II.

I’ve visited this quaint town three times (it’s only a little over an hour from Stuttgart!), and each time discovered something new and different. It’s enchanting no matter the season you visit, with its narrow alleyways and windy roads and stone walls to explore. If you are a Christmas fan, it is home to Käthe Wohlfahrt, the famous ornament maker. Rothenburg claims to be the originator of the “Schneeballen,” a dessert that is almost like pieces of pie crusts baked together with various toppings. And if you have the time, don’t miss the Night Watchman’s Tour (Daily, except Sunday, 8 p.m.) – it is highly entertaining with a good mix of humor and history.

The best plan for Rothenburg is not to have a plan. Enjoy wandering the streets, stop to have a glass of wine or cappuccino in the main square and wind your way across the town – both on the roads and around the walls surrounding the historic center.

Rothenburg is a really great place to spend a day!

Rothenburg is a really great place to spend a day!

A look at one of the walls surrounding the city

A look at one of the walls surrounding the city

If you have the time, take a walk around the walls to get a different perspective of the town.

If you have the time, take a walk around the walls to get a different perspective of the town.

You'll see adorable cottages like this one on your wall walk

You’ll see adorable cottages like this one on your wall walk

Once on the ground, don't miss this fairy tale corner for a great photo op. Just past this house, and through the gate, there is a great little place to buy homemade lavendar goods!

Once on the ground, don’t miss this fairy tale corner for a great photo op. Just past this house, and through the gate, there is a great little place to buy homemade lavendar goods!

Don't miss a visit into St. Jakob, a very pretty church in the middle of the town

Don’t miss a visit into St. Jakob, a very pretty church in the middle of the town

Wandering and getting lost lets you see things like this!

Wandering and getting lost lets you see things like this!

So pretty - I want a tree like this growing on my house!

So pretty – I want a tree like this growing on my house!

Get to the perimeter of town as well for another view of the town!

Get to the perimeter of town as well for another view of the town!

Schedule in time to do the Night Watchman's Tour. It's 1-hour, starting at 8 p.m. and only costs 7E. Definitely worth it!

Schedule in time to do the Night Watchman’s Tour. It’s 1-hour, starting at 8 p.m. and only costs 7E. Definitely worth it!

The best part of staying for the Night Watchman's Tour is getting to see the town all lit up at night! Don't miss it!

The best part of staying for the Night Watchman’s Tour is getting to see the town all lit up at night! Don’t miss it!

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