The name "Rothenburg ob der Tauber" is German for red fortress above the Tauber with the town situated on a plateau overlooking the Tauber river. In 1070, the counts of Comburg-Rothenburg, who also owned the village of Gebsattel, built Rothenburg castle.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg is like an outdoor theme park with its impossibly beautiful half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets yet there is big business in its souvenir stores that specialize in Christmas decorations. The best time to visit Rothenburg in early in the morning and late afternoon when the hordes of tourists have ever so slightly subsided.

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In some ways, Rothenburg is like Venice but maybe with fewer pickpockets. The crowds and the beautiful sights in all directions. Walk along the wall and if you have a camera use the widest angle lens you have. I used my Fujinon 10-24mm (X-Pro2) and I’m glad I had it. We stayed at the Gästehaus am Plönlein and we could not be happier with the location and the accommodations. We were in a small alley right next to the Plönlein.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Gerlachschmiede (Old Forge)
Between the Rödertor and Galgentor towers is one of the finest half-timbered houses in Rothenburg. It is a loving restoration of the original house, completely destroyed in 1945 by an air raid. Its highly decorative gable, pretty windows, and colorful heraldic symbols were fully restored to their former glory in 1951. The coat of arms with the crowned serpent was created by the legendary blacksmith, Georg Gerlach himself. The forge closed in 1967, since when it has been in private ownership.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

As we leave Rothenburg and head to Munich and our flight back to the United States I can’t help but wonder that if we had not fought two World Wars on German soil how many more Rothenburgs would there be?