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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

After leaving Weigenheim, we drove to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. By the time we got there, it was dark. We drove into the city gates, through the narrow streets, and found our hotel, the Goldener Hirsch. The hotel has been in operation for over 530 years.

Inside the Goldener Hirsch

The hotel was on a beautiful street, near the famous Plönlein, one of the most photographed sites in Germany.

After checking into the hotel, we walked up the street to the Christmas Market by the Rathaus and enjoyed a mug or two of Glühwein.

At 8:00, we met in front of the Rathaus for the "Night Watchman" tour. The medieval town used to have six night watchmen that patrolled the cities. Now, there is only one, who says he doesn't work hours that are as long and gets paid a lot more. The tour was great, and he was very funny. Highly recommended!

The Night Watchman
We walked with the Night Watchman through one of the gates outside the city wall. He pointed out the "manhole" that allowed residents to come back in after curfew with a high fee.

One of the city gates
The "manhole"
After the tour, we had dinner at Rothenburger Kartoffelstube. Mom got an amazing potato soup as a starter, which is what it was known for. It was a cute restaurant. 

Mom in the Rothenburger Kartoffelstube
The next morning, we had a nice breakfast in the hotel, overlooking the Tauber valley. 

Breakfast at the Goldener Hirsch

View at breakfast
After breakfast, we went out to see the sites of the beautiful city in the daylight:


Main Square and the Christmas tree

One of the things I wanted to do before leaving was visit St. James' Church (St. Jakob). Inside, there is an gorgeous altar carved from wood. It is very elaborate, as it contains a holy relic. The cross at the top is supposed to contain a drop of Jesus' blood.

St. James' Church (St. Jakob) 
The Holy Blood Reredos
I climbed the 220 steps to the top of the Rathaus tower for great views of the city. It got really narrow at the top--and it was also very, very cold. It was a cold day to start with, but the top of the tower was windy. 

After grabbing some bratwurst at the Christmas Market, we left Rothenburg to make the drive to Munich.

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