Whenever I visit a new place, I like to make a list of ten things I learned to sum everything up. We only got a few short days in Rothenburg, but I feel like I know more now than I did on Friday. So here’s a list of ten things I know now that I didn’t know a week ago.
10. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must see if you are posted/based in Germany!
Seriously… it’s tragic that we never got to this town when we were here the first time. It’s also tragic that it’s taken over three years this time to make it there. It’s absolutely a gorgeous town… probably one of the coolest places I’ve found in Germany yet. And I am developing quite a list of “cool German towns”, too. Yes, it’s a tourist destination, but if you go during the low season, you can enjoy low prices and smaller crowds. It’s also at the top of the Romantic Road, which makes it a prime spot to start a German themed road trip. Summer vacation anyone?
9. You didn’t want to break the law during medieval times!
The folks who lived in Rothenburg were God fearing, churchgoing people and if you were immoral, they would take it out of your ass… possibly literally! A visit to the Criminal Museum is a must if you want to know more. It’s very extensive and well done and all of the explanations include English translations. Afterwards, you can visit the cafeteria for coffee and a Schneeball.
8. Huge Asian tour groups like to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course… it just might help to be prepared because even in January, there were a lot of them visiting and they tend to travel in large groups.
7. Being inside of Rothenburg’s walls can make you feel like you’re in a different time and place.
As we were leaving Rothenburg this morning, I remarked to Bill that once we drove out of the walled area, it was back to normal life in Germany. There’s nothing wrong with that, either, but it is a bit strange after you’ve been surrounded by medieval charm for a few days. Rothenburg is a super cute town and it will make you forget what century you’re in.
6. Rothenburg is great for families and besties, as well as romantic couples.
If I had girlfriends to go on trips with, I would put Rothenburg on the list of places to see. It’s really got a lot of appeal, especially if you like shopping and eating in restaurants. A girl could have a field day finding cute stuff to feather the ‘ol nest with. Fortunately, Bill is a good sport. If you want to, you can take an English tour of the city. It starts at eight o’clock every night and costs eight euros. We didn’t do it this time, but if we have a chance to go back, we will definitely take the tour and learn more about the city and its fascinating history.
5. Rothenburg is not far away from Stuttgart.
If you really wanted to, you could simply spend a day there. It takes about 2 to 2.5 hours to get there from the Stuttgart area, depending on traffic and what part you’re coming from. The ride is almost all on the Autobahn. It would make a great day trip for those so inclined, although frankly I would rather spend the night, or really, the whole weekend.
4. Anno 1499 is a great place to stay, especially if you have dogs.
I may end up kicking myself for telling everyone about it. I have a feeling it’s going to be booked a lot in the coming weeks. I am adding it to my list of places I can go when I have to get out of Stuttgart.
3. You can buy Scottish goods in Rothenburg. You can also buy “Schneeballen”.
I know the Germans love Scotland and so do I. It’s nice to know I don’t have to go there if I need a retail fix, although I always love having a reason to go to one of my ancestral homelands. After shopping for Scottish duds, it’s fun to eat one of the locally made “Schneeballen”, a ball shaped pastry known and produced in the area.
2. There is a fantastic sushi restaurant in Rothenburg.
And if you want to eat at Louvre Japanese Restaurant, particularly during the busy months or on Friday or Saturday nights, you should make a reservation. It’s a popular place with limited seating and absolutely delicious, fresh food. There are apparently other great restaurants we missed this time. I will have to rectify that next time we have a chance to visit.
1. It costs 1.200 euros to get your name on the wall of the city…
Or so my German friend, Susanne, says… I trust her, because she’s proven time and again that she’s a quick, diligent, and accurate researcher.