We didn’t leave our German shepherds in the car and brought them for a walk along Rothenburg. Zharden and Zarina fom Irin Hof were very glad and enjoyed this beautiful town with us. I couldn’t take them in the Museum and to the top of the Rathaus Tower. They had to wait for me with Irina and were happy when I came back safely.
Like in many other German cities a lot of people admired our dogs and tried to speak to Irina about our dogs in German, then in English, Italian and even in Russian. There were a plenty of German shepherds fans but many people who simply liked dogs. What a pleasure to communicate with such people about our lovely dogs even if we don’t know German…
You can watch my 1 min 17 sec HD Video German shepherds fom Irin Hof in Rothenburg ob der Tauber out of my Youtube channel.
Guild-signs in general were added to a shop simply first of all, because most people could not read or write, so they had to search for the symbols and guild-signs, when they were looking for a certain shop.
This guildsign is the one of the old smithy that you may see, when walking on topof the medieval townwall between Spitalstor and Galgentor.
Each and every shop in Rothenburg, (including even Hamburger-shops with a big M) has these guild-signs and all of them are really nice and interesting
Take a closer look at this strange construction, that you may see in front of the "Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum" (medieval museum of crimes)
This construction is named : "Wippgalgen mit Tauchkäfig" and an english translation might be "Strappado with ducking cage" and it was used as a punishment mainly for bakers, who cheated by making their breads too small etc. The baker was put into the cage and was dipped into the water again and again.
You will see this exhibit just in front of the museum !
Take a look here for a video made by my brother Bernhard (abvideo)
The Wippgalgen is shown in function at the end of the video after 4:00 min !
This is a nice local custom of the area that I saw at eastertime: All of the fountains in Rothenburg were decorated at easter time with long girlandes of colored eggs forming a crown on top of the fountain.
This is the fountain in Roederstrasse, close to Markusturm and I saw also plenty of more fountains decorated that way !
When you step up the plenty of steps to the top of the tower of the townhall, you will realize, that it certainly was never planed that tourists get up there, but rather some workers to fix the tiles or what-ever.
So somebody had the clever idea to install a traficlight for the steps up to the tower, because at some places it is simply impossible to pass by another person coming down.
This traficlight is operated by the cashier in the very top of the tower.
When you are walking on top of the medieval town-wall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you will see plenty of such inscriptions with the names of people who gave a certain amount of money as a donation for the restoration of the wall.
Some of these inscriptions have even added e.g. 15 meters ect., when their donations were big enough for the restoration of such a large part of the wall.
b.t.w.Hedwig-Courths Mahler was a popular german novelist, writing books about broken hearts and true love umong noble people...
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is famous for Schneeballen (Snow balls) which are strips of noodle pastry, formed into a ball and deep-fried for four minutes in hot fat, then dusted with powdered sugar.
I had never seen these before, but did see them a few times in Rothenburg. They did look quite inviting!
"Schneeballträume" was served for the first time in 1719 on the occasion of an inspection of a mill.
The recipe is on the website under "other"
Obere Schniedgasse 7
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Before you enter the medieval crime-museum "Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum" you may see this special wagon in front of the house : It was used for the transportation of prisoners in the old times. I remember to have seen such a wagon in spooky old movies , but to see it in Rothenburg was even more impressive.
These wagons may be seen without the need to get inside of the museum !
One of the aspects of travelling that most people enjoy is tasting the local dishes. Here I must confess about having a hindrance - I am rather conservative (should I say cowardly?) as it comes to new food. That's why during my trips to Asia I feed on chicken, rice and vegetables. Sea food is not for me, nor is any new dish that I don't know the ingredients of... What shall I do? Nobody is perfect.
However, one of the things I cannot resist are sweets. I love most of the cakes, pastries, etc. That's why looking at the shop windows of Rothenburg's confectioneries and bakeries made my mouth water. I simply had to try a schneeball - sort of a doughnut. They are formed by taking long thin strips of dough and rolling them into balls, which are then fried. Some are covered with powdered sugar, some with chocolate and there are also lots of others. I tried the one with chocolate - not bad, but what definitely put me off was the problem I had with eating it - it was too big and round to bite without having the smears of chocolate all over my face.
One specialty of Rothenburg can be found in the bakeries and caf?s: the "Schneeball" (snowball). This ball is not necessarily made of snow it rather is a ball of dry dough wrapped to ball like a ball of yarn. Then it is dipped in either icing powder or chocolate. Very delicious.
Price: ?1.20 - ?3.50 (depends on the dip)
I bought one snowball with icing powder and coffee to go. On a bench in a park I made a little picnic and after the snowball was in my stomach I noticed that the icing powder was on my black jeans. Do not make the same mistake! Alternative: don't wear pants! :-D
One of the unfortunate things about the rediscovery of Rothenburg as one of the most well-preserved medieval towns, is that tourists have decended in a major way on the town.
Special requests (dressing on the side, french fries instead of sauerkraut) are not an accepted part of dining out, as it is in the states.
The story goes that in 1631, during the Thirty Years War, Rothenburg, was about to be overrun by a Catholic army. Just before the carnage was to begin, the Catholic general offered a deal. If anyone could drink a three-liter jug of wine in one gulp, the town would be spared.
Rothenburg's mayor grabbed the jug, chugged the wine in one gulp, and slept for three days while the town rejoiced. This Meistertrunk moment is immortalized in the clock on the Councilors' Tavern on the Marktplatz. Several times a day, crowds gather to watch the clock's figures reenact Mayor Nusch's sacrificial gulp for his people.
Grap a snack...........take a sandwich with a saucage inside, it's called ' Bratwurst mit Brot '.
But ...be careful,.........cause in the winter the roads can be very slippery because of ice and snow. While eating and walking at the same time, you could slip..........and the saucage could escape from the sandwich...and you don't even notice it.
The next bite you want to take...........is from an empty sandwich ! :-)))
;-)) It happened to Andrea !!
I cannot say that I would go to Rothenburg just for these, but they are nice! A speciality of the town, these "snowballs" are made in just about any bakery, and are deep fried dough, turned into bundles and rolled in sugar or chocolate or other coatings.