When you see a Christmas card set in Germany, there is a great chance that you are looking at Rothenburg. Set in the Franconian heartland, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an utterly picturesque walled town where time has stood still. Unlike much of Germany this town remained largely untouched by the ravages of war.
Think I am kidding… we got home and realized Z’s advent calendar had a picture of the center of downtown on it. We were both like “wow, we have been there!”
We are talking fairytale here folks. you’ll be enchanted by this fairytale gem with its medieval cobble streets, ramparts, and century’s old mansions.
We got there about 9 am, which meant the Christmas market and most of the shops were closed. However, that gave us time for a short walking tour
and then to wander off and explore on our own. After traveling with the tour group a ton, Z. and me, plus our friends Matt and Ashley were ready to wander off on our own for some exploring. Maybe one of the best days of the trip.
The entire town is surrounded by the medieval wall, which you can walk around.
After walking the wall, we stopped into some shops to do some holiday buying. This town knows how to do holidays, folks.
Once that was done, we were starving. But we were also over standing up and eating at Christmas markets. On came google and a yelp review later, we found ourself down an alley to this little place.
The staff spoke excellent English and the food?… best food of the entire trip. I ate until I could put nothing else in my belly.
When it was time to leave, we all wished we could have spent a lot more time there. A stop that is a must see, especially at the holidays.