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There are lots of towngates in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and still today all of the town-trafic has to go through them.
On my main photograph: Markusturm is a tower of the inner fortification-wall and at least from the inner side it almost looks like in the medieval times. At Markustum you will get an idea, what all of the gates had looked like once. This gate is mostly overseen by the tourist-crowds, because it is rather in an area where the local people live and have their shops for everyday life and only a very few tourist-shops.
My 2nd pic : Roedertor looks a bit different from most of the other town-gates in Rothenburg : it includes a system of other fortifications and a bridge over the former moat. This gate was obviously ment for carriages and had a system of 3 gates, that could be locked seperately, so an enemy had to get through all 3 of them in order to get inside the medieval town.
When you click on my picture, you may see the Roederturm in quite a distance behind the first gate.
The former moat is mostly used for parking-spaces along the wall today.
My 3rd pic: Galgentor was named that way, because close to it there was the place, where people were hanged. Another name of that gate is "Wuerzburgertor" and you may see on my picture, that this gate looks completely different, with seperate small watchtowers, where you may still step inside and take a look around on your own.
Simply take the steps behind the tower, you may walk up there any time of day or night.
My 4th pic : Burgtor is the tower at the end of Herrngasse and exactely opposite of the Roedertor and it is also built in the same system with 2 different gates, that you have to walk through, before you will get to the Tower. During the tour with the night-watchman he explained very well, how the big gates were locked at a certain time, and everybody, who was too late, had to pay some money and only a tiny one-man-door was opened again for him.
When you walk through the Burg Tor, you will get to a lovely park with an excellent view of the city-panorama and the valley of the small river Tauber.
My last pic : Klingentor is situated in the north of Rothenburg and there you will start your walk on top of the medieval town-wall. When you came as far as Klingentor already, it certainly makes sense to pay also a visit to the church of St.Wolfgang with its interesting museum of Casemattes, and the museum of shepherds with the unique "Schaefertanz Kabinett".
Still today Klingentor is used as an entrancegate by local cardrivers and hotelguests.
Directions: These gates are all over Rothenburg, in fact you might need a whole day to explore the city !
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