To sum up Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany simply… it is a tiny little village, in the middle of nowhere surrounded by one big wall.
…That is what some may say.
I, however, thought I had just walked into a story book…perhaps Beauty and the Beast? You know the scene where Belle is reading and walking through the town? It looks exactly like that. Everything is quaint. The village has that old-fashioned attractive charm to it and seemed skillfully and cleverly built with details encompassing every corner.
At this point, you’re probably wondering about my enthusiasm for whimsical folklore, but like I said in my last post, Germany is the origin of our favorite childhood fairy tales. If I was living in the 1600s when Rothenburg was initially developed, it was likely sparkling with brighter, vibrant colors and booming with jolly village people making Schneeballen. What is Schneeballen you say? Take a look at the photo below.
This was the MESSIEST thing to eat next to BBQ ribs, not kidding. It is almost inedible. Austin consciously neglected to tell me I was walking around with chocolate on my face and in my teeth all day, so if you see that in my photos… that’s why. In any case, eating Schneeballen, the delicacy of this village, is like eating a ball of crisp chocolate air. It’s interesting combination of fried pieces of dough intertwined with one another dipped in different kinds of chocolate. I love all things chocolate, however, this didn’t satisfy my intense chocoholic cravings. I can’t say what was unsatisfactory about it because (of course) I ate it all over a long period of time… but it was probably just me being finicky about my chocolate.
Traveling to Rothenburg
If you are in Munich for longer than 2 days. I expect you to make a trip here. No exceptions. Okay, one exception: if you’re in Munich for Oktoberfest.
Heads Up: There are A LOT of Rothenburg’s in Germany make sure you are on your way to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
It is easily accessible by train and you can spend the entire day in this little village. The people are wonderful, the food is great and the scenery is unparallel… what else can you ask for? There wasn’t one alley or street that wasn’t photogenic. Everywhere you turned a different angle told a different history about the town. I wish that I had spent more time; we did not eagerly leave after being there for 7 hours.
Here are the things we did do with our time:
- Christkindl Market
- Town Hall at Marktplatz and see the clock tower
Unlike us, a lot of people choose to stay overnight here. There is an awesome night tour: Night Watchman’s Tour that tourists enjoy going on. It’s a little spooky, but just in time for the fall if you’re making a trip!
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