Rothenburg ob der Tauber: First Glance
Something happy to follow up the last one
Two weeks into our trip and our unlikely clan of 5 headed towards Rothenburg. I had no desire to go to this place ever since I was told it was along the “Romantische Strasse” (Romance Road). Why would I be excited? I was 17, and I just wanted to be left alone with my iPod and my Billy Talent. The word romantic tasted like broccoli at that age. Had Peter said “Hey, were going to a really cool medieval town”, I probably would have been all in.
Regardless of my attitude, we made it to Rothenburg mid-afternoon. We checked in to our bed and breakfast first. We were staying at Gasthaus Eberlein, and I loved the hosts. I was warned that the further south you go in Germany, the harder it would be to understand the dialect (or lack of). It wasn’t as bad as people had warned. In fact, I found myself laughing with the owner. I think both of us thought the other had a funny accent.
Once we were settled, we headed to Rothenburg (the actual historical/bordered town), and had a few hours to spend before doing a walking tour at night. I wasn’t overly impressed with the town, but once I got inside the historic center, I fully understood why so many people make the trip here. Put simply, Rothenburg is the medieval Disneyland of Bavaria (amongst others).
Note: I have cut my hair since then…
We had dinner inside the town, but I have no recollection of what I ate. In fact, I think I had a few beers that night. The town is b-e-a-utiful. Cobblestone streets (love em), preserved architecture, happy people, Rothenberg seemed to have it all. We waited for the tour in the main square. I sat at the top of a big staircase so I could people watch (in a non-creepy way). There were a ton of tour groups quickly rushing through to get back to their buses. It was hilarious.
The tour was called “Night Watchman Tour”, and it has great reviews. I agree with all of them. The guide dressed the part and stayed in character the entire tour. We learned about everything from the early 16th century and on. The tour is done in English, and his accent definitely catered to that. He was funny, witty, and slightly creepy altogether. The night watchman tour was my second favourite tour next to the Insider Tour I took in Berlin, with Brian.
Having learned so much about the town, and seen the history up close, I was really looking forward to coming back the next day.