There actually are two parts to the RAthaus; the newer version used today as administrative offices, and the old white tower and building on the side street of Pfaffensingsr which was used in the past as meeting for the Council. It was built in stages between 1250-1400 and the tower is used today for climbing for good views. Entry to the tower is through the brown Rathaus building until you get to the second level. The fee to the tower is 2 Euro. There is not much to see inside either building other than a lobby and a very small Medieval museum at the ground level of White Rathaus for 2 Euro-NOT worth it
The Renaissance Rathaus used today is dated back to 1572-78, and the arched terrace gives a good overview of the marketplace and fountain. It has the clock which has the months, hour and minutes. Only the lobby can be seen on the way to the tower entrance.
This wonderful church has a steeped history and is set into the walls of the gate of Klingen BAstion. It was built between 1475-92 and always used as a sanctuary for the people just inside the town walls. It has fortified parapets above the church and casements underground. it was under some renovation when we were there.
It is generally open 10-1PM and 2:30-5PM April through September, but mostly closed other months.
This town museum is at the western edge of the town along the wall. It is in an old convent and holds the collections of the town history including local culture of farm pieces, working items to process clothing and food, and a good weapons display. There is one room with an eclectic mix of religious art and artifacts from a variety of churchs, and that also is of the old heritage of the people.
Entry is 4 Euro, and it takes maybe 1 hour to go through it. There really is not a lot that holds the interest of the displays, in my opinion. It is open 9:30-5:30Pm April through October and 1-4Pm the other months.
This is the anchor church of the town, and also called St. James to us English folk. It was built over the time frame of 1311-1484, and the nave being the most important is from 1373-1436, with the east chancel 1322 time. The two towers are both about 175 feet, and a stand out for the town. This Lutheran church was built as part of a trek to get to Santiago de Compostela, Spain for the annual pilgrimage to there to revere the miracle done at that site.
The altar piece is famous and called twelve Apostles' altar. It was carved by Tilman Riemenschneider, known in his time, I guess. It was carved between 1500-05 and the cross is rock crystal. The organ pipes are a show piece besides. The stained glass windows in the nave were placed in 1350-1400 and depict Virgin Mary and Christ's work of redemption
This tip is an afterthought. I was just going over some old pictures and whilst I was perusing the pics that I had taken in Rothenburg, I realised that this town is a wonderland of flowers. I guess I didn't see the full extent of their beauty because the presentation in this town is so very subtle. It seems obvious that the people have a natural bent for gardening and they just plant their flowers, shrubs and greenery wherever they can find a space at times and they grow beautifully. Some of these gardens are a riot of colour and others like the ones on the commercial and municipal buildings are more precisely planted and manicured but just as beautiful in a different sort of way.
My suggestion to anyone going to Rothenburg would be to bear in mind the beauty of the flowers and to seek them out and have a really good look at them.
What sort of flowers they are, I have no idea as I certainly don't have a green thumb. Anything I plant gets killed with kindness so I gave up trying years ago.
"To the Höll" is the lovely, old golden building in my photo.
This house, is the oldest in Rothenburg, with the rear part of the building dating back to around 900, isn't that amazing!
It now is a medieval Tavern with a saying " To hell - a warm welcome awaits you."
The "holl" was once the name of the street it's located in, a dark and gloomy street in Rothenburg, but not these day's!
It is not all history and building's in Rothenburg!
When I walked around the Town's edge, I found a great viewpoint that looked into the Tauber "Riviera" where the vineyard's are, a church and some homes.
I could also see the historic double bridge over the Tauber, which was once a bulwark in the run-up to the city.
From here follow the street that leads to the Kobolzeller gate in the city and at the Plönlein in the city centre.
Whilst walking around St. Jakob's Church, I happened to notice the lovely building in my photo.
First of all, the garden attracted me, a pretty cottage garden!
Next, I looked at the beautifully, richly decorated Oriel, which had a small figure of a Knight on top.
It was built in renaissance style, probably dating back to around 1590 - 1600, and painted in Blue and Lemon colour's. It's rather pretty!
The main part of the House is most probably from the 15th century, and has been added to in the 16th & 17th centuries.
Cottage garden's are really delightful. Crammed in are as many plant's and Shrub's as possible.
I found some lovely ones on my walk around Rothenburg, and what else really amazed me, was how old style plant's like Hollyhock's were growing so well, some seemed to be growing out of the Cobblestone's. That shows what a hardy plant it is!
A pretty cottage garden with a picket fence and a old historic building in the background, made a beautiful sight for my eye's!
On our walks around the street's of Rothenburg, we eventually found ourselves in the Market Place.
It is quite a big empty area, especially in the evening's.
The Town Hall [Rathaus] is what grabbed my attention first, as this was a lovely big interesting building. Then there was the Clock Tower from 1683, which puts on a little show during the day. St. George's Fountain was here, and by this time, I wondered how many more fountain's I would see!
Best of all, there are Cafe's and Restaurant's here, and we were able to enjoy our Dinner in this lovely part of Rothenburg!
Rothenburg has an amazing amount of Fountain's and Well's.
We saw so many, that I wished I had counted them!
Year's ago they were needed for the people of the Town, and the Klingentor was also a Water Tower. Of course, they are not needed now.
I liked seeing them. Some were quite plain, and other's had statue's, and some had pretty garden's around the edge's.
It is believed the trough's in the front of the fountain's may have been used for storage bin's for fresh Fruit, Vegetable's and Fish, as the trough in the Plönlein was used for.
These Fountain's were used as area's of communication between the townspeople, as everybody needed water, and not everybody could get it at once. Whilst waiting, chatting amongst themselve's and hearing the local gossip was a must!
No newspaper either for the local news!
The City Councillors' Tavern is one of the most famous buildings in Rothenburg.
Try and be here on the hour, sometime between 11am and 3pm, and between 8pm and 10pm to see the show of the legendary "Master Draught"
Goes back to the year 1631, during the 30 Years War, when Catholic troops attacked and occupied Protestant Rothenburg. The Catholic general, Tilly, threatened to plunder and destroy the city, but then changed his mind and decided to spare the town from destruction, if a Councillor could manage to empty an enormous tankard containing 3 1/4 litres of wine in one draught.
The former mayor, Nusch, accomplished this task and by doing so saved his city.
You must watch the main clock that was installed in 1683. Since 1910, the two windows located to the left and right of the town clock, open every hour to show the legendary "Master Draught"
The window's open, and you see the mechanical drinking scene, portraying mayor Nusch's legendary drinking of over three litre's of wine without stopping to save the town.
Every year Rothenburg celebrates this event on Whitsun with a festival performance, grand army march and a field camp.
Today, the TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE is located here
I guess if you didn't walk the Town Wall's, you could always climb up the Town Hall Tower for a good view over town.
As we were there in the evening, it was closed. It wasn't hard for me to imagine the panorama of the medieval city that you would see from the top. The Tower is 52metre's high and you have to climb 220 steps from the Main entrance in City Hall. It is the highest observation Tower in medieval Rothenburg.
It has a cheap admission fee.
IN 2011....ADULT'S 2 euro's ......CHILDREN UNDER 14years..... .50euro
9.30–12.30 & 1-5PM April to October
January to March and November: Saturdays and Sundays 12-3PM
Of course, in a historic town centre, you most probably will be walking, which is what we did.
At Rothenburg, they do have Horse & Carriage rides.
Which ever you choose, you will find so much to see, but don't forget to look up! If like me, and you enjoy seeing the old style wrought iron sign's, which I really love, then this is a great town to see many!
What I did not expect to see, was bubble's floating through the air. Closer to the bubble's we came, and there, sitting on a high window ledge, was Teddy, blowing bubble's.
It was the Teddy Bear Shop located on Hafengasse!
This historic Bridge we happened to see before entering Rothenburg. The Bridge, which is located to the west of the Town Centre, spans the Tauber Valley. It was part of a trade route from Augsburg to Würzburg.
Thought to be built around 1330, it is quite unusual, as it has two rows of Arches on top of each other. It was restored in 1791, when four of the upper Arches collapsed the year before. In 1925 the eastern approach to the bridge was widened and, twenty years later, the structure was blown up by German troops.
It was rebuilt and re-opened on 10 November 1956.