Medieval Rothenburg

4 May

And so another week begins! But before I get into our awesome weekend mini-vacation, a couple things…

Update: Remember last week when I mentioned the gorgeous fields of yellow flowers that were presumably wild weeds? Well, it turns out that they’re Canola! That’s right- they’re not weeds at all! They’re planted like any crop and then harvested to make Canola Oil! What would I do without my German friends to keep me up to speed?! 🙂

Fields of Canola Flowers ;)

Fields of Canola Flowers 😉

Keeping It Real: The sleeping situation. For some reason, there are no double beds in Germany. No queen size. No king size. Only twins, pushed together if you like. Well, that leaves a crevice down the middle of the bed. Have you ever slept on a crevice? Well it just gets bigger until it’s an abyss and you’re down in it. Beyond annoying. But it doesn’t stop there. The same size issue is true for bed linens, as well. That’s right- only twin size blankets, sheets, comforters…So yes, each person has their own. This creates two main problems: it significantly impedes snuggling as you not only have to get out from under your comforter, but then find the edge of his comforter and wiggle your way under there, and 2. it creates a big wad of blanket/comforter material down the center of the bed, above said crevice, which is just plain hot if you happen to wake up underneath it! Seriously, what is the reasoning behind all of this madness?

Keeping It Real 2 (because I forgot it on Friday 🙂 ): The rest area situation. After going on our first little road trip this go around, I was quickly reminded of how on point the rest areas are here. While there are some that just have our normal bathrooms and vending machines- and yes, some that are only pull offs for sleeping and peeing in the woods- lots of them are one-stop-shops! They have a bathroom building, a full service gas station with convenience store, a fast food restaurant, and a sit down restaurant! How clever is that? There’s no stopping to pee, then stopping for gas an hour later, then hunting for food…Nope, just one stop and you’re good to go. Genius!

OK, on to Rosenburg. Y’all, this city is one of the neatest, most unique places we’ve been to in ages! As cliche as it sounds, it’s everything us Americans think of when we think of ‘Germany!’ Cobblestone streets, timber houses, bakeries with bountiful window displays, huge stone churches, bells chiming the hours that you can hear throughout the city, streets lined with cafes and people sipping their teas at the tables around the plaza…Are y’all with me on this?

So Rothenburg is a walled medieval city in Bavaria in southern Germany. It was built around 1000 AD and remained an Imperial Free City, pretty full of wealth and prestige, for nearly 800 years. But during the 30 Years’ War in the 19th century, much of the city was destroyed as it was overtaken. It was destroyed and overtaken again at the end of WWII. But since then, Rothenburg has come back better and stronger than ever, rebuilding itself as a ‘forgotten city’ that people just have to see. So glad we got the memo! 😉

Now that you’ve had your little Monday morning history lesson, I’ll stop gabbing and let the pictures do talking. Enjoy!

Our hotel, The Eisenhut, is the Tudor to the left.

Our hotel, The Eisenhut, is the Tudor to the left.

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They didn't even bother to push these twin beds together! And they even wheeled in an extra third bed- just like this- for our Neve. The Three Amigos in three twin beds, just like roommates in the hotel room! Ha!

They didn’t even bother to push these twin beds together! And they even wheeled in an extra third bed- just like this- for our Neve. The Three Amigos in three twin beds, just like roommates in the hotel room! Ha!

Schneeballen are the pastry of Rothenburg. They are fried balls of cookie dough, filled or not filled, then coated in a variety of toppings.

Schneeballen are the pastry of Rothenburg. They are fried balls of cookie dough, filled or not filled, then coated in a variety of toppings.

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This one was filled with strawberry jam and marzipan.

 

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Inside St. John's Church. The cross hanging is carved from one piece of wood, ca. 1350 AD.

Inside St. John’s Church. The cross hanging is carved from one piece of wood, ca. 1350 AD.

Christmas is big business in Rothenburg! This is inside one room of the Christmas Museum. Neve was in HEAVEN!

Christmas is big business in Rothenburg! This is inside one room of the Christmas Museum. Neve was in HEAVEN!

St. Jacob's Church

The nave of St. Jacob's Church.

The nave of St. Jacob’s Church.

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I just absolutely love this picture.

I just absolutely love this picture.

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Watching the art of Schneeballen...See the form he's using?

Watching the art of Schneeballen…See the form he’s using?

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The double bridge. Just beautiful.

The double bridge. Just beautiful.

The last Craftsman house.

The last Craftsman house.

Typical German restaurant...

Typical German restaurant…

One of my Top 5 German foods! Like pizza, only on thinner bread dough and with creme fraiche (like sour cream) instead of tomato sauce :)

One of my Top 5 German foods! Like pizza, only on thinner bread dough and with creme fraiche (like sour cream) instead of tomato sauce 🙂

Kasespaetzle, the German equivalent to mac-n-cheese. Spaetzle are potato noodles. And they use the good stringy cheese :)

Kasespaetzle, the German equivalent to mac-n-cheese. Spaetzle are potato noodles. And they use the good stringy cheese 🙂

Neve's reaction every time we find a restaurant that has French Fries. <3 Chicken nuggets are just a bonus.

Neve’s reaction every time we find a restaurant that has French Fries. ❤ Chicken nuggets are just a bonus.

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The Night Watchman Tour took us around the city at sunset.

The Night Watchman Tour took us around the city at sunset. Watchmen used to walk the city streets at night, must like policemen. They were on the look out for thieves, drunks, etc. Because of superstitions about spirits at night, they were considered the third lowest position to have, behind the Hangmen and the Gravediggers.

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The perfect afternoon tea :)

The perfect afternoon tea 🙂

Walking the wall around the city.

Walking the wall around the city.

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I told you, right?! Great first trip of this adventure! Can’t say enough good things about Rothenburg and would recommend it to anyone looking for a step back in time- and for just plain German fun!

Neve and I are thinking about renting a car for a few days this week so we can do some exploring in the neighboring areas…Wish us luck- they only have a stick shift available at the moment and I haven’t driven one in years! We’ll call it an adventure within an adventure 🙂

One Response to “Medieval Rothenburg”

  1. Eleanor May 4, 2015 at 1:38 PM #

    Love your pictures and words. Looks like an amazing place to visit. Enjoy!

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