Rothenburg and Schwabisch Hall

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We got up late today, after 8:30. I guess we all needed the extra sleep.   They had a great breakfast for us downstairs.  We had choices of cereal, rolls, meat, etc. just like Heidelberg.   Everyone here is very attentive and helpful.  We didn't get out of the hotel until about 10:15.  We headed straight for the Plonlein (the place where the road splits and one goes up and one goes down).  We walked the city wall from the Siebers Tower there to the Roder Tor (tower).  In between we saw St.  John’s Church and the Spital Tor which was a place where the cannon were placed.  People can still drive in and out of the city through the gate at this tower.  When we came down we went to see a very colorful house that was called the Old Forge.

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.  It took five years to carve it.  The church was really beautiful on the inside but the outside has been under renovation for ten years and is covered with scaffolding.  Our next adventure was climbing the tower of the Rathaus on the Marktplatz.  The first part of the climb was on a very wide stone staircase that took us up to the attic.  Then we had to cross through the attic and begin the climb to the tower.  The stairs here were wooden and got narrower and narrower and steeper and steeper until the last ten feet was vertical.  There was just a little hole to crawl out onto the platform around the tower.  The walkway at the top was so narrow that you couldn’t pass anyone.  They only allow twenty people up there at a time.  The view was wonderful even if it was cold and windy up there.  We were allotted 5 minutes but we took more as there was no one else waiting to come up and there weren’t twenty people.  Coming down was a lot easier than going up.

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.  There were pesky bees but the cider was great.

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.  We each got a drink and then they brought us a round board full of different kinds of meat, mostly sausages, pickle and tomato with a large basket of different kinds of bread.  What I recognized on the board were bratwurst, liverwurst, prosciutto ham, and ham.  There were several others but I didn’t recognize them.  The rye bread was really good.

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.
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cheryl on

you're getting to see some really interesting stuff that seems to be off the regular tourists' paths. Do you have a guide?

lyas on


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