Rothenburg and Berchtesgaden
Trip Start May 24, 2012
15Trip End Jun 07, 2012
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Other areas of the wall were built in the 17th century. These were very different. They were focused around the gated entrances, had very large rooms with cut and mortared limestone, areas for jails. But the biggest difference was how these sections of the wall were built for a different type of defense....
The criminal and torture museum..... Well we will let the pictures speak for themselves. Suffice it to say we were appalled and morbidly fascinated at the same time. I think the highlight for the boys was getting their parents to pose in the stocks outside the museum. Every kids dream.... Mom and Dad in stocks!
Souvenir shopping for the boys meant spending lots of time in the armory shops. The weapons makers in town are true craftsman that specialize in creating many decorative weapons and sculptures but also replicating fully functional weapons that were typically used in the town in the past. For example... The "cat killer sword". This is a mid size sword that was worn in the hip and was used to lop the heads off of cats that roamed around the town. At the time the plague was common and cats were considered as bad as rats, in that they were dirty and flea riddled. While the sword was a perfect size and weight for the boys..... They could get past the name. Both boys eventually settled on buying a hunting/camping knife instead.
In addition to knives, we visited the famous Christmas store in town. The store is a fantasy land of Christmas decorations, themed rooms and traditional German decorations, including blown glass ornaments, nutcrackers and wooden carved candle pyramids
With all of our purchases in hand, we went in search of a cafe for lunch. As we passed through the big market square, there was an American church group choir that was assembled on the steps of the town hall singing. Their beautiful voices sounded powerful and amazing in this space, with the cobblestone square and the buildings all around, it was like being in an open site church. Really beautiful. Take a listen for yourself in the video.
At the end if the day we said goodby to Rothenburg and once again braved the narrow streets with our rental car so that we could make our way to Berchtesgaden.