Favorite thing: If you need a Laundry to do that washing that has mounted up whilst on holiday, then you are in luck at Rothenburg.
There is one here....
OPEN...Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
- Family Travel
- Women's Travel
Rothenburg in WWII
Favorite thing: Rothenburg was hailed as "the most German of German towns".
It had a special significance for Nazi ideologists. It was the epitome of the German 'Home Town' for them, representing all that was quintessentially German.
In March 1945 German soldiers were stationed in Rothenburg to defend it. Some bombs were dropped over Rothenburg destroying about 300 houses, some public buildings, watchtowers, and part of the wall.
The local military commander ignored the order of Adolf Hitler for all towns to fight to the end and gave up the town, thereby saving it from total destruction by artillery.
After the war, the residents of the city quickly repaired the bombing damage. Donations for the rebuilding were received from all over the world. The rebuilt walls feature commemorative bricks with donor names.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49° 22' 37.14" N 10° 10' 42.04" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Panorama from the Tower 3.
- Historical Travel
Ratstrinkstube and tourist info
Favorite thing: Rothenburg Tourismus Service proclaim themselves as a reliable partner for all travelers, visitors and travel agencies. In addition to mailing services, room reservations and guided tours, they offer programs matching your individual needs.
Rothenburg Tourismus Service
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Information, brochure mailings, room reservations, guided tours, tickets.
From May to October
Monday to Friday 09.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m.
Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 05.00 p.m.
Sunday / Holiday 10.00 a.m. - 05.00 p.m.
From November to April
Monday to Friday 09.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 01.00 p.m.;
during the Chrstmas Market:
10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
during the Christmas Market:
10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Fondest memory: You can watch my high resolution photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49° 22' 37.13" N 10° 10' 42.10" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Panorama from the Tower 4.
- Historical Travel
Rothenburg general background
Favorite thing: Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia) - the region of Bavaria. We came there from Oberfranken (Upper Franconia) to explore the famous Bavarian Romantische Strasse.
It is well known for its well-preserved medieval Old town. In the Middle Ages it was an Imperial Free City.
The name "Rothenburg ob der Tauber" means, in German, "Red fortress above the Tauber". This is so because the town is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber river. As to the name "Rothenburg", some say it comes from the German words Rot (Red) and Burg (burgh, medieval fortified town), referring to the red color of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 49° 22' 37.20" N 10° 10' 42.14" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Panorama from the Tower 1.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: If you are in need of a toilet as you walk around Rothenburg, you will find one at just about all of the gates in and out of the city. I won't say for certain whether or not there is a charge, but my cloudy old memory is telling me that there isn't. Don't quote me on this.
- Women's Travel
- Family Travel
THE PLONLEIN - LITTLE SQUARE
Favorite thing: The most photographed Iconic Image of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the PLONLEIN or LITTLE SQUARE. From the Market Square you go to Schmiedgasse and at the southern end of Schmiedgasse (Smithy Lane) you will see a scenic fork in the road with the Siebers Tower or Siebersturm (circa 1385) on the left, the Kobolzeller Tower (circa 1360) on the right and the star attraction, the little crooked narrow half-timbered pointed house (Spitzhauschen).
The Kobolzeller Gate leads to a steep road to the Tauber Valley and the famous Double Bridge.
Of course, I took many many pictures of this picturesque little corner. It is pretty isn't it!
A very hospitable welcome in Rothenburg
Fondest memory: We've just come back from Rothenburg and wanted to share a tip for a very nice holiday apartment just outside the old city walls (15 min walk to the centre of the old town). It's run by Nona and Werner Henkelmann who are a very sweet and an extremely generous and open couple. The apartment has a separate entrance and is on the top floor of the main house, we've had some beautiful sunsets in our loungeroom... It has two bedrooms and a couch in the loungeroom, so would be suitable for a family to stay in.
Werner speaks good English and was born in Rothenburg, so he can tell you some interesting stuff about the town and how it developed. He is also a painter and many of his works decorate the walls of the apartment which adds more charm...
We were even offered to stay for additional night free of charge, the offer which we'd gladly have taken up, had we not had to move on to another town down the romantic road...
- Budget Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
WEISSERTURM - WHITE TOWER
Favorite thing: The White Tower or WEISSERTURM was part of the original fortifications before the city expanded. This picture was taken on Galgengasse ( Gallows Lane ) looking northeast. The Jewish Dance Hall is located directly behind this tower.
TURME UND TORE IN ROTHENBURG
Favorite thing: There sure is an abundance of Towers in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. They are called TURME UND TORE in German.
Let's start with the east entrance and the Roeder Tower or "Roederturm" (Pic 1).
Markusturm (Pic 2)
Weisserturm - White Tower (pic 3 )
Siebersturm (pic 4)
Kobolzeller Tor (pic 4)
There is also the
Favorite thing: You have great views of the town from the 50 metre ( 165 feet ) high RATHAUSTURM - the Tower of the Gothic Town Hall or RATHAUS located on Herrngasse. There is a small fee to go up there. Hans zoomed in with his video camera and got these terrific pics of people up on the tower.
ST. JAKOB'S CHURCH - JAKOBSKIRCHE
Favorite thing: Built during the height of Rothenburg's Gothic period, ST. JAKOB'S CHURCH or JAKOBSKIRCHE, took over 170 years to complete (1311 - 1484 ). The Protestant Church's greatest artistic treasure is the Altar of the Holy Blood or Heiligblutaltar, carved by Tilmann Riemenschneider between 1499 and 1505. The Altar gets its name from the rock crystal capsule mounted in the Gold Cross set in the Altar. Since the Middle Ages, the capsule is said to contain three drops of Christ's Blood.
MARKTPLATZ - MARKET SQUARE
Favorite thing: The Main Square in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the MARKTPLATZ. Here you will find the Ratstrinkstube ( Council Tavern), The Rathaus ( Town Hall), St. George's Fountain (circa 1608), Marien-Apotheke, Hotels like the Gasthof Marktplatz, the Geschenkehaus an Markt, many shops, cafe's and restaurants like the Ratstube Restaurant Cafe'. During the Christmas Holidays you will find here the immensely popular Christmas Market.
Favorite thing: I did not put HOTEL EISENHUT in the Accommodations area as we did not stay here. But the building itself is worth mentioning,
Hotel Eisenhut, located on Hermgasse 3-5 is one of four Patrician houses. The most wealthy and powerful families of Rothenburg used to live in these lovely houses back in the 15th to 18th century.
Today it is a Hotel (transformed in 1924) offering 78 rooms. It is filled with antiques and original artworks.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Favorite thing: I will highlight Rothenburg ob der Tauber' many POINTS OF INTEREST. Hans and I found this town so magical - MEDIEVAL MAGIC. It had so much to offer. The following is most of the town's highlights:
Marktplatz: Gothic & Renaissance Rathaus - Town Hall
Ratstrinkstube - Council Tavern
St. George's Fountain
Plonlein - Little Square
Rodertor - Roeder Tower
Old Forge - Alte Schmiede
Baumeisterhaus - Ober Schmiedgasse 3
Fortifications and the wall walkway
Medieval Crime Museum
THE OLD FORGE - ALTE SCHMIEDE
Favorite thing: In my opinion, the OLD FORGE or ALTE SCHMIEDE, is the most charming structure in Rothenburg, with its steep ornamental gable which graces this wonderful half-timbered building. I took many pics of it. One of my favourite is the one taken from up above on the walkway.
I tried to find out more about this structure and I was very frustrated with what I found - conflicting information. I have come to the conclusion that this present building was constructed in 1948 as it has a sign on it saying "1948 Georg Gerlach". If you take a close look at it, you can tell it is a newer building - just look at the garage and newer windows. But I do believe it was built on the site of the Old Smithy which was long ago destroyed. An ornate sign reads "1649" which I believe is the time of the Old Forge. Many implements surround the gardens and area of the structure.
Update: I was searching for "Old Forge" when I should have been searching for GERLACH'S FORGE or GERLACHSCHMIEDE
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