After our stop at Harburg Castle, our day tour from Munich continued along the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Rothenburg is known for its medieval old town with well preserved defensive towers, half-timbered houses, and old town wall.

Adventures: Marktplatz, Rathaus (Town Hall), Ratstrinkstube Clock Tower, Town Wall, St. Jakob's Church, Plönlein, Käthe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Village

Takeaways: 1) This is a crowded place with tourist prices. 2) The Schneeball is difficult (read: messy) to eat. 3) Germans are punctual.

^^ According to the Legend of the Master Draught, Count Tilly agreed to spare the town from destruction if someone could drink an entire tankard of wine without stopping. The clock tower now chimes every hour between 10am and 10pm and shows the mayor who saved his town by drinking a gallon of wine. ^^ 

FoodstuffSchneeballen, deep-fried shortcrust pastry dough rolled into balls (like a snowball) and decorated with icing, confectioner's sugar, or chocolate.

Restaurant Pick:
Baumeisterhaus (cash only and tourist prices, decent food)
Obere Schmiedgasse 3

Recommendations: 1) A day trip is sufficient for a visit, but if you want to avoid the tourists and truly explore the town, you'll need to spend the night. 2) Don't eat the Schneeballen on the tour bus. 3) Buy Christmas ornaments.

Next Time: 1) Visit the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum. 2) Continue exploring the old Town Wall. 3) Visit St. Jakob's Church (see the altar and the wood carving of The Last Supper). 4) Climb the Town Hall Tower. 5) Consider spending the night and taking the Night Watchman's Tour.


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