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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Bavaria

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a well-preserved medieval walled town. The name Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a shortened version of Rothenburg oberhalb der Tauber that means Rothenburg over the Tauber. That is because the town is located on top of a mount overlooking the Tauber river. The name Rothenburg comes from the German words Rot (Red) and Burg (burg, medieval fortified town), referring to the red colour of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. Rothenburg is the inspiration for the village in Walt Disney's story of Pinocchio. Most of the surviving buildings in Rothenburg were built in the 1400's.

View of the skyline of Rothenburg.

Catherine pretending to be sleepy.
Catherine and I had a small, but very nice room at the Hotel Kloster-Strüble.

A famous street in Rothenburg at Koboldzellersteig and Spittalgasse.

Part of the wall around Rothenburg.

We had a very nice dinner at the Hotel Kloster-Strüble.

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This building is the Ratstrinkstube, and it contains a clock which re-enacts the historic meistertrunk daily. According to legend, the meistertrunk commemorates the event in 1631 when the walled town was under siege from the Imperial forces of Count Tilly. Count Tilly told the city that he would spare them if anyone could drink a tankard containing a gallon of wine in one drink. The mayor successfully took the challenge and the city was saved. The clock re-enacts the event hourly.

Town Hall Square of Rothenburg.

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Blogger GMG said...

Hi John, so glad to see you back posting. It seems you and Catherine had a terrific trip in Bavaria; Rothenburg is probably one of the most beautiful spots there...
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 22, 2007 1:01 AM  

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