Rothenburg ob der Tauber – a city where Christmas never ends
Having stayed once for the night in the old fairy-tale town of Chesky-Krumlov, I realized that if you go to such towns for the sake of the atmosphere, you must stop at the hotel and have the opportunity to walk without crowds of crazed tourists. Therefore, when we planned a trip to the Bavarian town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, we decided to spend the night here in a half-timbered house. But first things first.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a beautiful medieval city in Bavaria, located on the popular Romantic Road.
The most interesting thing is that when you drive up to the city, you see a typical well-kept German town with supermarkets, decent houses with red roofs, parking lots and a railway station. But in the heart of this town is hidden treasure – well-preserved old buildings, and the city is indescribable spirit of Christmas at any time of the year.
At the time of the Holy Roman Empire, the city was powerful, and now it is a typical small German town with a population of only 11,000 inhabitants.
Thanks to local residents and skillful rule in the historic center there are practically no new buildings that would look ridiculous in the midst of this magnificence.
From 1274 to 1803, Rothenburg was an imperial city. But after the siege of 1631, during the Thirty Years War, the city lost its former importance.
The most beautiful German city
Central place of the city – City Hall. The Town Hall, as it should be, is located on the Market Square. The height of the tower is 60 meters. The architecture of the tower captures both the Gothic style and the Renaissance style. The tower has an observation deck. In the hall before the rise, visitors can see information about the history of the building and ancient manuscripts.
In the guidebook there was information that in the courtyard of the town hall on the wall you can find the standards for the measures of length: elbow, foot, rue and clafter. But they were not found by us, maybe we were not looking there.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber Town Hall
Then we went to the most photographed street of Rothenburg and to the Siebersturm gate. Most often in promotional booklets and guidebooks you will see this very street. But even on this rainy October weekday, I had to wait about 10 minutes to prevent crowds of tourists from getting into the frame. By the way, judging by the Japanese translation of many sites about Rothenburg and the menu in restaurants, the people of the rising sun are very fond of this Bavarian town.
Do not think that the towers in the city were built just like that. Already in the 12th century, the city was surrounded by a powerful fortress wall, and the towers were the gateway to the city. There were 9 gates in total. Climbing the wall is free, the stairs are usually easily located near the towers. On the wall you can bypass the entire city center around the perimeter.
As you understand, the fortress wall and its towers are one of the main attractions of Rothenburg. And from the wall you can see many houses from a different angle. For example, this is the Forge of Gerlach (Gerlachschmiede) – an elegant half-timbered building that people also like to portray in guidebooks.
During a walk through Rotenburg, any tourist’s view will constantly cling to some details, because the houses here have been restored just perfect, and there are no elements that spoil the view of the city. For example, this entrance to the cafe: the furniture fits the style of the streets, the flowers add comfort, the lattices are a logical continuation of the window frames, and the iron sign with the inscription “Restaurant” looks perfect and is made in the spirit of the Middle Ages.
And this bear, blowing bubbles all day long, gives a smile to all visitors to the city and at the same time advertises a plush toy store.
But stop walking around the bush, because we told you that we will be in a city where Christmas does not end for a minute. But the thing is that it is in Rothenburg that the main store and office of the toy manufacturing company Käthe Wohlfahrt is located, which we learned about during a trip to Bruges and from where we brought a couple of stunningly beautiful toys.
Christmas Toys Shop Rothenburg ob der Tauber
In general, the toys of this company are sold in several stores in the city, but the largest – two: Herrngasse 1 (main store) and Herrngasse 2 (smaller store). Next to the store is the entrance to the Museum of Christmas.
Christmas tree in the store
In the bowels of the store you can find a variety of toys, for example, toys related to the marine theme: a ship, a sailor, a seal, a pink flamingo.
Beautiful Christmas toys animals
And these are cartoon characters. In total, the store has 30,000 Christmas decorations and toys, so this store claims to be the largest Christmas decorations store!