Rothenburg ob der Tauber

On Saturday we continued our tour of towns along the Romantic Road with a nice drive up the A7 Autobahn to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  Rothenburg is another quaint town in Bavaria that is well-known for its preserved towers and protective wall.

Outside the wall of Rothenburg

Navigating Some of Rothenburg's Narrow Streets

This beautiful building is almost hidden because of the narrowness of the street

Rothenburg has several attractions: The Christmas Museum, A Museum of Torture, and das Reichsstadtmuseum.  We took a very quick trip through the store attached to the Christmas museum and skipped the others.  The fascinating parts of the town were outside–the wall, towers, architecture, and cobblestones.

Cobblestone Streets

Looking Toward a Tower

Rathaus--City Hall



A Closer Peek Through the Arch

Another Tower

I made a friend

Not only has the wall been preserved (or rebuilt in parts), it provides a unique view of the city.  Visitors are permitted to take the stairs, exercising caution, and walk along the boundaries of the city…on the top of the wall!

Heading up to "Walk the Wall"

A Closer Look at the Sign--"We are not responsible for accidents"

The Wall Passageway--On a Windy Day!

Along the Wall

While walking the wall, we came along a special tower where we were permitted to climb all the way to the top to have a spectacular view of the city and surrounding farmland.  It was particularly beautiful because all the snow had just melted, and we were blessed with a picture of green pastures for the first time in a looooong time.  The climb up was a little suspect and very steep, similar to climbing those ladders that lead up to attics except that this lasted for several flights!  Our climb and the 3 Euros we paid were well worth the pictures, though.  Prepare yourself for the following pictures–I think Russ really outdid himself!

Rooftops of Rothenburg


Looking down to the rest of the wall

The Wall


After enjoying a gorgeous view, we carefully descended from the tower and then the wall.  We enjoyed some German cuisine at one of the local cafés and tasted the treat that Rothenburg is known for:  Snowballs (Schneeballen)


Schneeballen are basically fried egg-dough that is sprinkled with powdered sugar.  It was worth a try but not something we’d pick up again when tempted with all the other pastries in Germany.

Before we left, we had to see how Rothenburg received its full name.  The full name of the town, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (over the Tauber River), turns out to be quite accurate.  It sits on a plateau looking down upon the river and a lovely landscape.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Russ in Rothenburg

To check out more of Russ’s photographs from our day in Rothenburg:

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mom on February 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Absolutely awesome! I love the picture of the view through the archway. Russ really did outdo himself this time! He could have had a career as a National Geographic photographer.


  2. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was our favorite city along the Romantic Road. So quaint and beautiful!


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