Medieval Germany - Frozen in Time
Trip Start Jun 14, 2010
27Trip End Jul 05, 2010
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The castle is perched on a rock outcropping and has an excellent view of the Rhine River valley. It is furnished and very easy to tour. We enjoyed this castle just as much as Burg Eltz and Rheinfels Castle even though it was smaller and less dramatic.
We then drove to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
After checking into the hotel, we did a walking tour of city and saw some of the major attractions. Rothenburg is a real timewarp - a medieval city frozen in time and perfectly preserved. In its time, it was a very large, wealthy city, but after being sacked during the 30 years war, it never recovered. Being desperately poor after that actually helped keep the city untouched - there was no money to make modern improvements. Then, in the early 1900's, tourism made the city wealthy again. It is incredibly charming despite the hordes of tourists.
We toured St Jakob's church and saw what is considered the best wood carving in Germany. We also saw the Medieval Crime and Punishment museum - a bizarre but interesting museum. We all really enjoyed it. After getting our fill of torture devices, we took a break and had a snack on a small square.
That night we had a very traditional German dinner (potatoe soup, bratwurst, spaetzel) in a house that was over 500 years old. We took the Nightwatchman Tour - a very amusing and educational tour of the history city led by the "last nightwatchman".
Our hotel in Rothenburg was in a medieval house and was actually quite nice despite the reasonable price.