Walking the Wall in Rothenburg

posted by Sharon January 13, 2019 30 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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30 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!
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/01/what-flirt.html

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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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Pieni Lintu January 17, 2019 at 11:22 am

Lovely buildings!!!

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Emily January 17, 2019 at 9:46 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Germany, and this looks so cool! Great pictures 🙂

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California Globetrotter January 17, 2019 at 11:40 pm

You’ve taken some lovely photos of Rothenburg ob der Tauber! One of my favorite towns in Germany and the epitome of fairy tale! #FeetDoTravel

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Chris January 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

I really enjoyed the photographs, Rothenburg is now on my Germany visit list, which is getting so long! Whenever I walk through “old Europe” I can visualise knights walking, or the sound of a horse’s hooves on the cobbles.

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Ava Meena January 18, 2019 at 7:29 am

I loved this! I actually have a blog post with the same name and some very similar pictures. Very neat to see it through your eyes! It’s definitely a great activity for anyone visiting Germany. #FarawayFiles

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Kelly January 18, 2019 at 4:27 pm

Wow! Looks great. I’ll pin this for reference when we visit Europe this year. Thank you for sharing.

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Jill January 19, 2019 at 12:25 pm

I think walled cities have a special charm. I’ve not walked Rothenberg but York and St. Malo come to mind as special visits. This looks great and I hope to visit and walk the wall someday.

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Nancy January 19, 2019 at 1:40 pm

This place looks amazing – I have never been, but thank you for sharing this!

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Karletta January 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Rothenburg looks like a place from my childhood picture books. Thank you for sharing your photographs and also the historical background of the place – another place to add to my list of travel destinations.

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Samantha January 19, 2019 at 3:44 pm

I absolutely love those buildings! They look like they’re straight out of a Disney movie! 🙂

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Katie January 20, 2019 at 3:18 am

This is such a pretty town – your photos are really beautiful and inspiring! I’d definitely explore the wall for the views of those medieval rooftops!

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Michaela January 20, 2019 at 5:36 am

Stunning pictures! Some German towns really make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Walking the wall looks especially interesting 🙂

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Nafisa Habib January 21, 2019 at 2:36 am

So pretty photos and interesting collections from the old town of Rothenburg. I’m loving the colorful beauty of each architecture. Good to know about Medieval Crime Museum.

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World January 21, 2019 at 6:35 am

I’m having flashbacks – not to Medieval Germany, but to the backpacking trip my husband and I did in the mid-90’s after graduating from university. Rothenburg was one of our stops and I remember the walls, the cobbles, the gables and the half-timbered homes you shared. I also remember a really delicious schnitzel mit spaetzle and the Kathë Wohlfahrt Christmas shop. I still have the German Nutcracker we bought there! Special memories, thank you for sparking them! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin #FarawayFiles

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Trish @ Mum's Gone To January 22, 2019 at 6:38 am

When we were on our Rhine river cruise a few years ago, one of the extra day trips was to Rothenburg but we decided to stay with the included trip instead. A hard choice – especially now I’ve seen your photos!
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Angie (FeetDoTravel) January 24, 2019 at 4:40 pm

I do love half-timbered buildings, I’m from England after all and we have plenty to admire! I would definitely enjoy this walk, so many beautiful buildings to admire (and apparently the odd Pug tee hee). Thank you for showing me such a lovely part of the world to add to my list – pinned! #feetdotravel

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Emese January 31, 2019 at 11:42 am

Gorgeous photography, Sharon! Some of the buildings and streets remind me of Sighisoara in Romania (it was built as a medieval German-Saxon town). I’d love to visit Rothenburg, you added it to my list of places to visit in Europe.

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