Walking the Wall in Rothenburg

posted by Sharon January 13, 2019 13 Comments
Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Want to step out of the present and enter the world of Medieval Germany? Rothenburg ob der Tauber offers you the perfect opportunity. The old town of Rothenburg, with its half-timbered buildings set along a maze of cobblestone lanes, takes you back in time where you can imagine folks meeting at the bustling market square and then enjoying a stein of their favorite beer with friends. The stone wall around Rothenburg offers a fine way overview. Enter through one of the gates and climb into the wall. You can walk a section or two or all the way around.  Rothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der Tauber

Dating to 1142, these walls of stone protected the young trading center here and a royal castle.  Rothenburg expanded to become the second largest city in Germany by 1400, partly due to its security within the wall. Walking the 2-mile-long wall today gives you a roof-level view of Rothenburg. You see the jumble of wooden gables and steeples that tower over the streets. Rothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der TauberYou can see beyond the town out to the surrounding farmland, too. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

My favorite is the Blacksmith’s shop. Built on a triangle corner lot in 1469, this home boasts a coat of arms made of blacksmith tools. A bomb caused a fire that damaged the shop during World War II, but after repairs, the blacksmith carried on. This charmer is now a private home. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

We walked a part of the wall, then descended a stone staircase to see the town on ground level. Rothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der Tauber

The colorful buildings are eye-catching. Rothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der Tauber

The picturesque pharmacy sits at the edge of the market square.  The City Hall building in the square features an astronomical clock.Rothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der Tauber

One building’s architecture includes statues that depict the seven virtues and the seven deadly sins. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

If you go to Rothenburg, I highly recommend you visit the Medieval Crime Museum. Billed as “Europe’s most important museum for jurisprudence,” it showcases means of torture and punishment through the centuries. The official brochure recommends the museum for those “of a bloodthirsty disposition,” but I think anyone will find fascinating objects and history here. Rothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der Tauber

Emerging from the dark museum back into the village, we found more lighthearted sights: People with their pups and lots of shops. I found the Teddy Bear Store enchanting.Rothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der TauberRothenburg ob der Tauber

Walking the wall of Rothenburg is a good introduction to the village. Then explore as much as you like. A day in this place that is somewhat frozen in time will leave you refreshed. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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13 Comments

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William Kendall January 13, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Incredible architecture and beautiful photos!

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roseline January 13, 2019 at 7:10 pm

WOW!! So many unique building designs with dynamic facades.

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Lyn aka The Travelling Lindfields January 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm

Rothenburg is a stunning town. Hubby and I were there in 2018. We stayed in the old town just down from the town square and spent two days exploring on foot. It wasn’t our first visit and I hope it won’t be our last.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 14, 2019 at 1:42 am

what amazing architecture!!

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Calleen Petersen January 14, 2019 at 7:30 am

We’re planning a trip to Germany in 2022. This looks like it’s a must-see. #Randomosity

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Carol January 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

Oh my Sharon another adventures to savor! Thanks

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Image.in.ing@gmail.com January 14, 2019 at 7:41 am

Amazing! So much beauty!
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Jim, Sydney, Australia January 14, 2019 at 11:10 am

Loved visiting this place. So beautiful.

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Fun60 January 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm

I love to walk through those medieval streets.

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Yogi January 14, 2019 at 12:06 pm

Wow, what a great place to visit. What a nice post. I love all the buildings and shots of the streets.

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Jo (a Rose tinted World) January 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

This place has been on my bucket list for years! Great post.

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Junieper2 January 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm

Love that long walk way tp pme pf the towers. Having lived in Holland I first did not realize how a roof view with red roofs is wvery telling of a European building style!So I have only one image like yours on this post. I can imagine the blacksmith’s is your favorite – so inviting and of a skill that virtually has died out!

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KVVS MURTHY January 15, 2019 at 2:15 am

Super pics.Went back to hundreds of years.

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