"In Rothenburg, take the night..." Germany Favorite Tip by diver-x

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Favorite thing: In Rothenburg, take the night watchman's tour. The night watchman, dressed in medieval garb, starts off in the Marktplatz and works his way around town pointing out interesting facts about the archetecture and history of the town. He also subtly stears you by some great little pubs and restaurants that you might not actually find on your own. We noticed a wonderful restaurant on an overlooked street on the tour, and afterward we went back for a fabulous dinner.

Fondest memory: We had only one night to spend in Bamberg, but we made it count: it was New Years's Eve! We were clueless about Germany and New Year's Eve and had no idea what to do. We started off with dinner in the pub where we were staying (the Bamberger Weissbierhaus) and then wandered around the old town in search of a celebration.

We found a club with a guy singing Beatles covers and a free buffet in the back. The closer it got to midnight, the thinner the crowd became. We were confused and about to resign ourselves to a lame New Year when we noticed at about a quarter to the hour that there was a visible movement of the crowd heading outside.

So we followed the crowd out the door and to the winding path up the hill to the town's cathedral grounds. The hilltop cathedral has a great view of the whole town and we thought perhaps we might see fireworks being set off in the distance. We noticed to our chagrin that everyone else had bottles of champagne except us. Not only did they have bottles, but they had glasses - REAL glasses!

The crowd shouted the countdown to midnight huddled in groups and at zero hour, the real fun began. Out popped the corks from the champagne bottles, and out came the fireworks from everybody's pockets! Apparently, Germans believe in audience participation when it comes to fireworks. Fireworks were shot off by everyone in every direction. Add to this mix the champagne, and you get mayhem. Well, as close to mayhem as Germans seem to get, anyway. A controled sort of mayhem.

When the champagne bottles were empty, they got smashed (along with the glasses) on the ground. The sights and sounds were quite unforgetable. I wish I'd had a video camera to capture it, but I did manage to pull off one still picture (above) - but it certainly doesn't do justice to the scene. It was terrific!

The next morning, as you can imagine the town was a wreck! Firework debris and broken bottles & glasses and miscellaneous trash was everywhere. But by noontime, the sanitation department had cleaned up nearly everything! You could hardly tell anything had happened at all!

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  • Written Sep 8, 2002
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