Rothenburg and Schwabisch Hall
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
30Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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Next we walked across the Marktplatz to the Castel Garden for great views of the city walls and the surrounding countryside. The garden was pretty nice but not spectacular. At St. Jacob’s Church, which is as large as a cathedral, we went up to the choir loft where there was an intricate wood carving tryptic of the life of Christ
For lunch we went to a sandwich shop, for want of a better word, and feurewurst sandwiches. A feurewurst is ˝ inch in diameter ˝ meter long and comes in a fresh baked baguette almost as long as the sausage. The sausage and the baguette were both excellent. I could not finish mine but Derek took care of it in short order. We also went to the square to have a glass of fresh pressed cider. The girl had a booth set up with a machine that mushed up the apples and the press
For the afternoon we went to Schwabisch Hall, the town where Larry’s aunt Ruth’s family originated. Our target was to find the family crest in the Church there. We parked and walked into the old part of the city and Derek lead us right to the church, St. Michael’s. We went in and found a very ornate church with a lot of different kinds of things going on. We found five places where the Seckel/Sickel crest was displayed. We took pictures of them all. Each of these was about 3" in diameter and were placed there because the family had been donor’s to various building projects etc. But that isn’t all there is to Schwabisch Hall. It is quite a large city with a lot of half-timbered houses, a unique tower that stands alone, a beautiful park and many Brucken (bridges) across the river. We had a good afternoon. When we got back to the parking lot, we couldn’t figure out how to pay for parking. The machine gave us a reusable plastic card when we came in. So I walked up to lady and asked, "Sprechen sie Englisch?” She spoke a little English, enough to explain that we needed to take our card downstairs and she even showed us the machine to use to pay.
For staying three nights we got a free meal in the restaurant in the hotel
After supper we took our computers to the Internet Café but they didn’t have W-lan (Wi-fi). So we took our computers back to the hotel where we found out they do have it at the hotel. It was not in the Rick Steve’s book so it must be new this year. The sky had cleared and we could see the moon so we decided to go on the Night Watchman Tour. The tour started at the Marktplatz. The man who did it has been doing it for twenty years and he is very good at telling stories. We moved down the main road toward the Castle Garden. We ended up at a bar in the second oldest building in Rothenburg whose foundations were from the 900’s. We didn’t stop at the bar but came back to the hotel to post blogs and pictures. We set at an alarm for 7:30 tomorrow.