Wurzburg & Rothenburg

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Wurzburg began with the construction of a Celtic fortification on top of the Marienberg circa 1000 B.C. In the early 700s A.D. Germany's first church was built on that same spot, which is also the site of the present Wurzburg Cathedral, constructed from 1040 to 1225.

Wurzburg was a center of the Peasants' Revolt in the 16th century.  As you look how the prince-bishop's castle is situated on the hill you can see why the peasants didn't have a chance; because the castle sits atop a hill that runs almost straight up and down.

In 1945, 90% of Wurzburg was destroyed by British bombers in 17 minutes!  Over the next 20 years, historical structures were rebuilt in incredible detail, mostly by the women because their men had either perished or gone missing in the war!

We traveled by bus to Rothenburg about 50 miles away on the autobahn.  Rothenburg was never damaged by the war and still stands as it did in the Middle Ages.  The town is bustling and when you look at the different buildings you wonder how they can actually live in buildings that old!  Well, the outside has to remain as it was when built but the insides are as modern as your house or mine!  The streets are also so narrow you know why they drive very small cars and the delivery vans are also small.  The street accomodates 2 cars if two cars of each car is on the sidewalk!!  They park on the sidewalk most of the time and of course you then need to walk down the cobblestone street but DON"T!!!!  You may get run over by a car or bicycle. 

Beautiful town!!!
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