Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rothenburg, Germany

From the moment I saw this horse carriage, I knew we were about to enter a very quaint and charming town.
 
And I was not wrong.  Rothenburg is a very well preserved city within a medieval wall.

 This is the place to buy cuckoo clocks. We were there in Nov. so the stores were selling lots of Christmas accessories and ornaments and were all decked out for the holiday.

 The tower clock (circa 1683) shows the day of the month, hour and minute.

 

 The Burgtor (Castle Gate, circa 1356) leads from the chapel and garden into Rothenburg Town. It features two round guard houses (16 century), a mask through which Rothenburg defenders would pour hot tar on enemies, and the eye-of-the-needle door within a door.
 Burg Gate and Garden
The Rothenburg Imperial Castle (circa 1142) was located in what is called the Castle Garden today. The Castle was destroyed in the earthquake of 1356, survived only by the prison which was rebuilt in 1400. 



  The outer path along the garden wall offers outstanding views of the pastoral valley surrounding Rothenburg as well as of the town itself. This is what we see looking down the wall.
 My traveling companions!


 I thought this tree was very interesting, growing flat against the wall.
 The Town Square was one of my favorite places to shop.
 Here is another interesting way on how they grew the plants and evergreens.
 John had to pose by, according to him is "his church", St. Johannis Church.
 Inside the church, of course, we had to say our 7 Our Father's, 7 Hail Mary's and 7 Glory Be's and make our 3 wishes.
 We went to this store where I bought my German souvenir. It is now hanging in our Florida home. We have German neighbors there and I thought they might get a big kick out of it. The artist was there. Do you see the personalized plaque he was creating for us on the bottom left photo of the mosaic?
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Rothenburg as we did. Thank you so much for stopping by, I am linking with
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16 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You have the most exciting and wonderful trips, Christine! I thoroughly enjoyed this. I loved seeing John in front of St. John's! ;-)

Glad you had such a good time with friends and family!

xo

Sheila

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thank you so much for sharing your trip and great photos. Enjoyed seeing and hearing about it all. Love seeing the architecture of that era, especially the castles, but would not want to maintain one - especially at today's prices.
Enjoy your weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Christine, what a lovely tour of Germany. The castle is beautiful. And I love the clocks. The scenery is lovely.. Thanks for sharing your trip! Have a happy weekend!

My link:http://travelwitheileen.blogspot.com/2014/03/living-desert-zoo-carlsbad-new-mexico.html

Creations By Cindy said...

Love the tour! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Vel Criste said...

It looks like a movie set! How beautiful!

Lulu said...

Charming indeed. I haven't been to Germany in years and there's much there I'd like to explore.

Lady Linda said...

Oh how fun to get to travel with you. I would love to visit Germany. Is it cold? you guys look all bundled up.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a fairytale place with an amazing atmosphere. Beautiful photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely trip. Agree with Gemma ..it does look like a fairy tale place!

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a charming old town!

Michele {Malaysian Meanders} said...

This looks like such a charming little town. I love the view from the wall of that church in the distance. That tower that tells the more than just the time is interesting, too.

Marcia Taams said...

Rothenburg is amazing. Watching these photos makes me want to get there tomorrow! Medieval German cities have a certain something which makes them very attractive.

Traci said...

What an amazing trip! It looks like such an enchanting little town. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats said...

We loved out trip to Rothenburg last Spring and have done a few posts on our time there! Great seeing photos that reminded me of that trip.

Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe said...

What a beautiful place! Thanks for linking up with Travel Tuesday!

Bonnie Rose said...

Oh that town looks like out of a story book. I miss Germany so much and your photos are just so perfect for capturing the essence of the town. Love that carriage too! Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday last week and looking forward to seeing your post this week! 

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