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Rothenburg: A Portal to Old Bavaria
By Nancy Bolle

I fell in love with the fairytale-like town of Rothenburg years ago, and promised myself I’d return one day. So, when I was in nearby Nuremberg on a group tour, myself and a few others took a 60-minute train ride to this quaint town in Bavaria. Founded during the 12th century, it is wonderfully preserved. Rothenburg offers the full flavor of a small European town, and has an intimate, less commercial feel with lots of quaint shops and even its own Christmas market. A significant fraction of the village is car-free.

 

Perhaps the best way to experience Rothenburg is to take the night watchmen’s tour, offered daily at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Definitely more evocative and fun at night, the “night watchmen” are dressed in period robes and lead you though the darkened streets, telling tales of merchants and rogues, clergy and soldiers, and how the village lost its business, but retained its architectural heritage. And while there is a small modern sector, the area within its medieval walls is the prime draw. Homes are built along-side the surrounding fortress, erected to clearly delineate and protect what’s inside. Largely reconstructed, this 30-foot tall structure encircles the entire old city with plaques on the inside honoring the many who contributed monetarily to its rebuild. There was a walkway that was easily high enough to provide an excellent view of the surroundings. Also, several of the outer towers are themselves full-blown fortresses that can be explored from the inside.  Don’t miss The Rathaus, the impressive Town Hall, with a Gothic Tower erected between 1250 and 1400. It is a remarkable piece of architecture since it has no foundations of its own, and rests only on top of a gable. If you can manage the climb to the top, the view is spectacular. With a festival of winding cobblestoned streets, intriguing alleyways and impressive squares, Rothenburg offers a genuine step back in time. Today, it is like an extraordinary stage that reflects how life was lived some 400 years ago.

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