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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber June 13th 2018

We get to sleep in this morning, which is nice. Around noon, the Scenic Ruby arrives in Wurstburg. We have elected to take a day trip to nearby Rothenberg. It's about a 1 1/2 hours on the bus. Our guide, Monica, springs an endless stream of stories and facts about our destination. Rothenberg is one of the luckiest towns in Germany. In the Middle Ages it was spared the plague of the Black Death through prayer (or perhaps isolation). It was rescued from total destruction at the hands of the conquering Catholics in 1631 when the mayor wagered the city's safety against his ability to drink 7 pints of wine in one go—and won. It was bombed once during WWII (and sustained some damage) but a second sortie the next day had to be scrubbed due ... read more
Rothenberg's prize delicacy, "snowballs"
Old city hall with watchtower
Rothenberg from top of the watch tower

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber June 23rd 2017

Dag 12 – vrijdag 23 juni 2017 – Rothenburg ob der Tauber Dagrit naar Creglingen, een klein stadje langs de Tauber. Mooie rit met hellingen die pittiger en langer worden. Afdalingen tegen +50km/u. Bergop op stand turbo, daar word je niet moe van. Wondermooie omgeving en vooral veel schaduw langs de exclusieve fietsweg. De plaatselijke horeca ziet onze bende graag toekomen. Ze serveren alles. Coupe eis spaghetti, tortes van allerlei beren (bessen dus), brödchen mit käse und wurst. Enkel hun koffie is niet zo lekker. Onderweg doen we nog een historische kerk aan. De 'Herrgottskirche' van Creglingen, waarvan de bouw begonnen is in 1389 en die Evangelisch werd in 1530. Een prachtig houtsnijwerk, 'Der Marienaltar' is dé bezienswaardigheid. Verder ligt de vloer geplaveid met grafstenen van overleden Rijke Stinkerds van de 16e eeuw. De grafs... read more
Creglingen
Creglingen - -HerrGottskirche
Creglingen - -HerrGottskirche

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber June 22nd 2017

Dag 11 – donderdag 22 juni 2017 – Rothenburg ob der Tauber Vandaag verplaatsing zuidwaarts naar Rothenburg ob der Tauber. De 40 km lange weg was al een belevenis. Kronkelend door het Taubertal. Rothenburg is een prachtig middeleeuws stadje omringd door een hoge begaanbare stadsmuur met 42 torens. Het mooiste plaatsje dat we tot nu toe hier gezien hebben. Alles ademt hier geschiedenis. De eeuwenoude vakwerkhuizen zijn nu wel ingenomen door dure winkels voor de massa's toeristen die hier op af komen. Ook het verre Oosten is hier weeral ruim vertegenwoordigd met hun I-phone's op stick in aanslag. De fietsen bleven vandaag op stal. Een lange namiddagwandeling liet ik wegens de hitte en uit preventie voor een pijnlijke rug, voor de jongere liefhebbers, waaronder de bomma. Gingen ze toch wel 's avonds te voet nog eens ... read more
Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber October 25th 2015

Geo: 50.3118, 11.7712Our last actual tourist day, although we may attempt to locate our old apartment in Viernheim (old is the operative word as it was 43 years ago) on the way to Frankfurt tomorrow.But today is Rothenburg, Germany. This place is much larger than we anticipated. We thought we visited it in the "old" days but likely not. In this walled city we drove inside the gates as our Gasthof was as downtown as possible. The mood was Christmas as it was chilly and the typical German overcast day. The decorations about town were Christmas colors. We entered many shops, especially devoted to Christmas. The ornaments were unfortunately outrageously expensive or likely made in China. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the town.Now for a tad of history we learned today. Rothenburg was actually a quite large and ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber May 28th 2015

Guten tag from Rothenburg! We arrived here early afternoon. Checked into our quaint gaste-haus and started exploring. But first a beer and wurst to tide us over till dinner. We took a walking tour of Rothenburg from the Market Square with its old RathHaus with a large tower which I (not Bill) climbed, I counted 200 steps up. It had scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Talking with others up there and ran into some folks from Pittsburg, Kansas. Other stops, St, George's fountain (Diane was almost dunked into this about 35 years ago, I will have to find that photo) and St. Jakob's Church which was a stop on pilgrimages to Spain to where St. James (Jacob) died. We then walked to the castle garden where remenents of the first castle is located. Rothenburg ob ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber December 6th 2014

Geo: 49.3788, 10.1871There's an nice breakfast waiting for us in the dining room of the hotel. I prepaid the €6 each and it was well worth it. Just not having to run around looking for a place to eat is the best. We're already packed and ready to go. We clear up our bill while they call a taxi and we head to the HBF, about 7 or 8 minutes away. Yep, another €10. We have no options. With this luggage, we have to wait for others to get on the train first or we clog the entrance with all our bags. They only fit in certain places and if they're filled we have to move on, with all the people following behinds us saying, "What do they need all that luggage for?". We get to ... read more
Our Hotel, the Romantik
Here she is.
The Street Outside our Hotel.

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber October 31st 2014

I said I wasn't going to do these chunky little blog entries on here any more, but I want to write about my trip to Bavaria, because it was, in itself, a mixture of fun, loneliness and, primarily, hunger. The reason I was visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber last week was to go and see our very good family friend. During the Second World War, he was a prisoner of war in England, and made close connections with my family (on my mother's side), and since 1946 he has never forgotten the kindness that my family apparently showed him. Every now and then we get a phone call from him, and he wants to know everything that is going on with us. Obviously now, he is a very old man of 87 years, with a few ... read more
Scared in the flat

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Rothenburg ob der Tauber August 21st 2014

Geo: 50.3118, 11.7712Each morning, we would have breakfast in the hotel/pension. Very good. Fresh fruit. Bread. We normally would grab an apple and/or orange to have with us to snack on during the day. We slept in and didn't start breakfast until 8am, then we headed into Rothenberg to explore the city by 9am. We got there before the tour busses started to arrive. You could really tell a difference when the buses would unload the tourists. We ran into lots of folks, many from Japan and Korea. Glenn was asked to take a photo of these 3 ladies from Israel. Jewish ladies. And we walked away, thinking, wow, just 50 years ago, Jews wouldn't dare step foot onto Germany soil. We enjoyed just a leisure walk, taking our time as we walked around the walled ... read more
Central Park
Church with clock
My night in Shining Armour


Having seen much of Rothenburg we set off this morning in the car for a drive down the romantic road to Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen, two more walled towns around 100km from Rothenburg. On the way we diverted to Schillingsfirst to have a look at the large Baroque Schloss overlooking the valley, we arrived at 9.00 only to find it wasn’t open until 10.00, so we continued on our way south as planned and intended on visiting later in the day on the way home. We first arrived at Dinkelsbühl and visited the large 16th century Gothic church, as churches go it was quite impressive, the adjacent town hall dates back likewise to the 1600’s and is still a functioning town hall today, as such it is the longest known seat of local government in Germany. We ... read more
St. George Church, Dinkelsbuhl
Dinkelsbühl
Window Dinkelsbühl


Leaving the great town of Wursburg we set off south on the Romantic Road to Rothenburg some 100km away and arrived at around 3.30pm. Rothenburg is a walled town with most of the streets so small our Fiesta looked large in comparison, and with only the GPS to guide us we headed through the tiny gated entrance and found the hotel, problem, where to stop to find out where to park the car. Answer, park slightly on the footpath and partly on the road, makes sense yes? Well not to this particular German gentlemen pushing a wheelchair, who as soon as I got out of the car started to abuse me for blocking the footpath, to be fair he could not quite get the wheel chair past the car so I suggested politely that he may ... read more
Rothenburg
Rothenburg
Snowballs Rothenburg




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