Rothenburg ob der Tauber Things to Do

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    Puppet Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 25, 2012

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    Front of the museum

    This is a small museum that has puppets, of all things. It might be of interest for some, but we did not venture inside. They have 800dolls, from 1780-1940, and also have farm scenes, doll houses, theaters, schools, and other wooden toys.
    Entry is 4 Euro. it is open 9:30-6Pm March through December

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    Christmas Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 25, 2012

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    Christmas Museum on Herrngasse
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    This is more of a street that also has some shops that sell Christmas items. It has been a long tradition for tourists tom come here and buy some ornaments or other Christmas trinkets. The museum is not much, and intended to draw folk to purchase something.
    They charge a steep 4 Euro to see not much inside in the 2750 square feet facility. It is on Herrngasse, next to the white RAthaus tower

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    Crime Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 25, 2012

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    Wooden/metal casket enclosing the poor soul
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    I thought this might not be much of a museum to see--WEll, I was wrong. They have the best display of criminal punishment devices probably in all of Europe. The museum extends to three floors, and has a lot of history of crime and punishments in addition to the culture of the people, traditions of how to reform them, and the methods used to deter the doing bad society things again Some appear downright cruel, but most definitely effective.
    It is the largest collection in Europe of antique objects, and also many documents to show the detail behind the period of using devices to punish, or penalties of abusers of society ills. A lot of the items and documents date from 13th to the 19th century.
    The fee is 4 Euro and it is open 9-5Pm daily during summer months of April-September, and 10-1PM and 2-4PM in winter months.

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    St. Georg Fountain

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 25, 2012

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    This fountain is to one side the the Market Square and is known for its beauty. It was a critical fountain for the townfolk because they go t their drinking water here. The well was 90 meters deep at one point; now only 50 feet deep. It still spews out some water, though for the tourists to see. The fountain sculpture is from 1608

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    Tower Clock- RAtstrinkstube

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 25, 2012

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    Councellors Building
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    The clock tower with the Renaissance side facing the square, is dating back to 1446 when it was also a place for the Counselors to sit around and strategise and drink beer. The clock was added in 1683. The clock windows near the top open for a display of Mayor Nush's legendary drinking binge of slugging down 3 liters of wine to save the town back in 1631. This scene was added in 1910.
    This building is also named Ratstrinkstube to commemorate the drinking legend referenced.

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    Market Square

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 25, 2012

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    This is where all the people congregate and shop for items and try to find something to eat. Tour buses drop them off here in "droves" like hundreds, so be aware of crowds. The square has nice building structures is you look up to the ornate facades.

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    Rathaus-Town Hall

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 25, 2012

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    Front view of the newer Rathaus
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    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.

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    St. Wolfgang's Church

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 25, 2012

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    View of church and gate to outside of walls
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    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.

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    Reichsstadt Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 25, 2012

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    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.

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    St. Jacobs Church

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 25, 2012

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    View of the towers of the church
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    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

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    The flowers of Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

    by Maryimelda Updated Mar 25, 2012

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    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.

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    "TO THE HOLL"

    by balhannah Written Dec 16, 2011

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    "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!

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    TAUBER RIVIERA

    by balhannah Written Dec 16, 2011

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    Tauber Valley
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    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.

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    ST. JAKOB'S PARISH HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Dec 15, 2011

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    St. Jakobs Parish House

    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.

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    COTTAGE GARDEN'S

    by balhannah Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    Cottage garden in Rothenburg
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    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!

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For those interested to visit the Dolls & Toy Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

the museum closed forever end of March 2014.

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