"The Wall" Rothenburg ob der Tauber Favorite Tip by flyingscot4
Rothenburg ob der Tauber General: 68 reviews and 148 photos
Favorite thing: Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the best of the medieval cities in Europe. There are others, but Rothenburg is still the best. Yes, there are lots of tourists, but if you get there early and stay overnight it will be one of the best 36 hour periods you will have in Europe.
When you come to Rothenburg, the first thing that you come to is the wall and one of the gates. This set of photos has to do with the wall itself. This wall completely encircles Rothenburg, which is shaped kind of like a question mark. The town has a number of gates as well as towers. They are connected by a covered sentry walkway which provided protection from the elements. The walkway is still in use today and I suggest that everyone take the walkway around the city at least once during their stay.
Photo 1 The outside of the wall.
Photo 2 The inside of the wall with one of the towers.
Photo 3 Inside a section of the covered sentry walkway.
Photo 4 Interior of the wall with the covered sentry walkway.
Photo 5 Weisser Turm (White Tower)
Fondest memory: I first came to Rothenburg in 1962. It certainly was not as polished as it is today, and there were still farm animals inside the wall which added to the charm, but otherwise things are much as I remember them from over 40 years ago. What has changed is the number of people who speak English. When I was first there the vast majority of tourists were from Germany. There are certainly hundreds of German tourists that still come to Rothenburg and while they are still in the majority, the numbers of foreign visitors is huge. Most of the volume selling pamphlets are available in about 20 different languages, if that is any indication.
Today, Rothenburg is still a very friendly and accommodating community that welcomes tourists year round. The hospitality is still wonderful as are the sights. I could actually spend a full week just wandering the streets. It is a wonderful place to be a guest.
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