Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Christmas markets and more

Touristy it is, but medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber (on the Tauber River) is worth bottling and taking home. Just one hour by train from Nuremburg, it was the perfect Christmas village to while away a couple of days during the Christmas market month of December. Despite a steady stream of day trippers during the day, we never found it busy. A walled town of only 2500 people, a surprising two thirds live within its walls.

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We enjoyed some laid back shopping

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Schneeball – a Rothenburg signature dessert
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We shared gluhwein and a table with a friendly group of Romanian ladies, now living in Frankfurt who were visiting for the day. We related our very different Christmas experiences in Australia and Romania appreciating that Santa is Santa everywhere!

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The climb to the top of Town Hall was worth the effort (see feature photo for this blog), even if it was a bit squeezy.

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The wall walk is two kms. Watch your head if you’re tall.
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German red wine – I do like!

If you plan on visiting this gem of a town, make sure you go to the right Rothenburg – there are several in Germany and some travellers end up in the wrong town. If you’re arriving by train, it’s a short 10 minute walk until you are inside the walls where there’s loads of accommodation.

Next stop: Fussen