Rothenburg ob der Tauber – a fairytale town!
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the most fabulous city I have visited so far. And I have already visited 340 different places in the world so my thoughts are valuable! 😊 It is said that Bayern is the most beautiful land in Germany. And it’s not just the merit of Munich! The applause and attention should go also to the smaller and not yet well known in Poland small towns. Just like Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is a shame because from Munich, Nuremberg or Würzburg you can get here quickly, cheaply and comfortably. Stay with me and I will show you everything. Ready for a new sensation? Let me convince you to the most colorful and fairytale town! 🙂
How to get to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
The best solution is to travel from big cities like Munich, Nuremberg or Würzburg. I was traveling from Munich with my grandmother by Deutsche Bahn train. If you are going to buy a ticket from ticketmaschine check in Internet where to change during your journey because it won’t be written on your ticket! Here you can read what kind of tickets are available and find some other tips.
Famous, small town
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a small town in Bayern, and its name means Rothenburg on the river Tauber. It is worth using its full name, because there are several Rothenburgs! It is difficult to say whether all the cities were founded by one family, but some certainly! 🙂 In the meantime, the Bayern Rothenburg, despite its small size, has gained even fame in Asia. I was suprised when I found how many asians have been there! I sincerely admit that I was shocked, because it seems that this small town is more popular on another continent than in neighboring Poland. 😛 Especially since I visited Rothenburg ob der Tauber during low season. One winter weekend was such a great weather and this weather tempted me to discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber!
We get off the train – the station is like a train station, nothing extraordinary. We had to walk a bit to get to the historic part of town. After few min of walking we noticed fortifications and the first gate to the city. When we crossed the gate I couldn’t believe my eyes. I have never seen before such a beautiful and colorful houses! I don’t know on which house should I look at it and it is only the first street that leads to the center. In these beautiful cottages, the inhabitants earn their salaries by running bakeries, cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, etc. But everything away from commercialization! No unnecessary ads. Instead of them lot of flowers and beautifully restored medieval houses. It is hard to believe that most of them were destroyed during World War II. Fortunately, good people, from their own donations, have restored all the houses! 🙂
If you go all the way ahead, you will reach the heart of the city – Marktplatz. Here you can admire the renaissance town hall with the tower. Unconsciously, I entered the building to see if the Town Hall of such a beautiful city is equally beautiful. To my surprise there were only stairs. It turned out that they lead to a tower, which you can enter for 2-3 euros (I don’t remember exactly). But I recommend to people with better physical condition, because the last step is to climb the ladder. 😀 The views are obviously worth the effort. Rothenburg ob der Tauber presents itself stunning in every perspective! 🙂
Ok, but let’s come back to the Marktplatz, because the city hall is not the only building there. The white house on the right of the town hall is the Tavern of the councilmans. Between the hours of 11 – 15 the puppets come out of the clock and play the scene of saving the city, about which I will tell you later. 😛 On the left side of the City Hall there are two other equally beautiful buildings. That’s a Marien-Apotheke, which means Mary’s pharmacy. 😀
Christmas for 365 days
It’s not a joke, but I was wondering how to feel the atmosphere of Christmas when they last all year? As you can see, the residents of Bavarian Rothenburg don’t mind. A few homes further behind Marien-Apotheke is located the Christmas Museum and a special shop that sells everything related to this period throughout the year.
Plönlein – a small (instagram) square
It is the most famous postcard from the Rothenburg ob der Tauber. If you are going from Marktplatz you have to turn into Schmiedgasse and go straight ahead. On the way you will enjoy the beautiful and colorful houses. 🙂 But the true gem is our Plönlein. A narrow, half-timbered house with a small fountain in front is surrounded by the Kobolzeller and Siebers towers. Beautifully restored townhouses on the right and left side, create a charmingly picturesque effect. 🙂
Climb on the walls! 🙂
As I mentioned somewhere above, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is surrounded by quite high defensive walls, which you can enter! Also, if you are following the route behind the Plönlein, you will find at least one entrance. Maybe it’s not so high, but it’s really nice view. 😀
Where to pray?
I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t pass at least one church. 😉 The Gothic church of St. Jacob with a hand-carved altar is definitely the most beautiful temple in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. However, I also recommend the church of St. Wolfgang and Franciscan church if you have enough time.
Der Meistertrunk = The master draught
One of the highlight festivals in Rothenburg is the Master Draught. It all began in 1631 when Johan von Tily’s troops conquered the city. The inhabitants gave him their finest wine. Johan von Tily accepted the gift and agreed to spare the city, if one of its councillors could down a full tankard of 3-liter pitcher wine in one go! The former mayor accepted the challenge and he did. Johan von Tily kept his promise, the mayor became a hero, but in fact no one knows how much the story is true. At least it gave a good excuse to Germany to organize another alcohol event. 😉
That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed and I encouraged you to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber! 🙂 I’m not abandoned with my impressions of Rothenburg of the Tauber because in The Top 100 sights and attractions in Germany in 2017 Rothenburg ob der Tauber is on 5th place!
If you already been there, please share your impressions with me! 🙂
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