Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is what I picture when I think of a German town. Cobblestone streets, half timbered houses, flower boxes and cute little stores. This town has been on my list to visit since before we moved here. It’s pretty close to us so it is a nice activity to do on a weekend where we don’t feel like driving far away, but still want to get out of the house. This post will be mostly pictures because there isn’t a ton of stuff to do here except to wander around. The town is famous for being ‘Christmas all year long’, so we did do quite a bit of shopping for Christmas decor here.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the best preserved Medieval walled cities in Germany. The wall still goes around the entire city and you can actually walk around on it.
After we walked around the wall we stopped in to the Kathe Wohlfahrt store. She makes the most beautiful Christmas ornaments and other decorations. I enjoyed walking around and looking at stuff. My intention was to purchase a Christmas ornament from here, but they are expensive. We ended up finding a small mom and pop store that sold things that were just a good and 1/4 of the price, so of course we bought there instead.
At the mom and pop store (Anneliese Friese if you ever end up going), we were able to purchase a pyramid, smoker, nutcracker and an ornament for €50. Just for comparison one ornament at Kathe Wohlfahrt was €30. Click on the links if you want to see what the pyramid and smoker look like. They are similar to what we purchased. I’m sure it is all made in the same town or factory anyway. 🙂
After shopping we tried a Schneeball. These are pieces of pie dough that are deep fried and then dipped in chocolate. Apparently this the THE treat to try when in Rothenburg. We really weren’t fans of it.
The rest of the afternoon we just walked around and wandered down side streets. Rothernburg ob der Tauber was the inspiration for the town that Pinocchio is set in. It’s easy to see why!