Sunday in Dinkelsbühl

Though the freezing cold temperatures have been encouraging us to stay under our blankets instead of venturing outside, Russ and I took a Sunday drive to a quaint little town along the famous Romantic Road.  Dinkelsbühl was amazingly preserved throughout the 30 years war and was left untouched by bombs during WWII.  Because of this, the town has maintained its original fortress walls and towers.  To get into town, one must pass under the tower and through the gate…or over the moat (yes, an actual MOAT!).

The pedestrian bridge leading into the town of Dinkelsbühl

Dinkelsbühl, which has all-cobblestone streets, encourages visitors to leave their cars outside of the city (It can get pretty noisy driving on cobblestone, plus it’s all about keeping the traditional Deutschland image!). While it’s unusual to find free parking in Germany, Dinkelsbühl provides free parking lots outside of the city…just cross the pedestrian bridges and you enter a new (or rather, old) world.

Looking at the fortress walls from the outside of the city

Pedestrian bridge over the moat

The town is beautifully preserved and in an effort to keep it this way, businesses do not put their own signs and advertising on buildings.  Instead, each building is adorned with the business’s name in old script.  It paints a beautiful picture.

Dinkelsbühl

Dinkelsbühl

Topferei--Pottery; Aunt Jean,next time we'll visit on a Saturday so we can explore!

Beautiful Dinkelsbühl

Looking through the streets to one of the towers

Dinkelsbühl has all 18 of its original towers standing.  I’d like to say that we circled the city and made it to all of them, but the bitter cold stood in our way.

Segringer Tor

Rothenburger Tor

Entrance to the City Park

Rothenburger Tor

Entrance to Dinkelsbühl

Tower in Dinkelsbühl

Aaaand another one!

Dinkelsbühl

The Colors of Dinkelsbühl

Russ in Dinkelsbühl

After we froze from our toes to the tip of our noses, we sat down for a bite to eat at a little café/restaurant where we warmed up inside and out with comforting bites of schnitzel and spätzle.

Käsespätzle

Dinkelsbühl is a fantastic little town, and we can’t wait to go back and visit when it’s a little warmer!  It seems like a great place to sit at an outdoor café and enjoy the ambiance.  We hope our pictures bring back fond memories for all of our aunts and uncles who spent time in this part of the world. 🙂

Also–I’m very excited to add a new tool to my kitchen tool belt.  Introducing the Spätzle Press!

Spätzle Press

Spätzle Press

I don’t know how much I’ll be using it while here in Germany (where I can get others to make spätzle for me!), but I’m definitely looking forward to perfecting my recipe at home, stirring up memories of our time spent in Deutschland,  and serving delicious Spätzle to friends and family! German cuisine night, anyone? 🙂

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rick Kerschner on February 2, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Lauren,
    We will visit for German cuisine any time!

    Reply

  2. Posted by mom on February 9, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Looks like a lovely town that I would love to visit! Also, we would love to enjoy some of your German cuisine.

    Reply

  3. My husband has a hand-me-down spätzle press, and we love it. Beats the American grocery store version!

    Reply

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