Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of Germany’s main tourist spots – most parts of the beautiful medieval town are well preserved, and walking its streets almost feels like being on a time travel … but of course there are many other tourists, most of them from the US and Japan. We were lucky to come here immediately before the main season hits the place and buses spill their tourist freight all over the streets, turning the quiet medieval atmosphere into a permanent rush hour. Sabine had been here as a girl and still remembers how terrible it was then … we were relieved to see that it was not quite as bad … and we could still enjoy the beautiful surroundings above the Tauber river, the quiet little side streets, and the amazing medieval houses.




 
One of the local specialities is called “snowballs” – they look much tastier than they actually taste.

 
Looking down on a wet day from the city walls into the lush river valley …



 
Because it was rainy on the second day, and walking around the town wasn’t as much fun as it could have been, we drove to a historical building museum in the nearby Bad Windsheim, seeing how people used to live in various parts of Germany hundreds of years ago.






 
A beautiful medieval carved ceiling in a wine bar …


 
Rothenburg’s city hall on the next day. The sun was shining, finally! A good day for sightseeing, and climbing the spire … we really needed nerves of steel for this because it was very steep. But the view was breathtaking!




 
Most advertisements were in German, English, Japanese … or some mixture of the above.


 
Warmer Apfelstrudel mit Vanillesoße …

 
Albrecht Dürer lived not far from here …


 
Next stop was Dinkelsbühl, another medieval town, not quite as mass touristic but really nice too …







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