Rothenburg, the Red Fort on the River Tauber, is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Germany. A massive 12th-century stone wall, with 47 towers, surrounds the old city. We walked on the red tile-covered city wall that surrounds the old town, giving us the opportunity to view both the old medieval town on the inside and the new town on the outside of the wall, as well as views of the neighboring valleys and green hills speckled with villages. Rothenburg is over 1,000 years old.
First stop of the many sites to visit was the torture museum, ha. Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum.) It is the most complete museum of its type in the world. It contains the real devices used in medieval times to control & punish people. My favorite were the shaming masks used to punish poor behavior…
We did the old town walking tour and our travel buddies also took the Night Watchman’s Tour. Both tours gave us all a better idea of what life was really like during those dark times.
We felt fortunate to have even made it to Rothenburg…because, during our Heidelberg stay, the German Rail System declared its longest-ever union strike. For us and many other tourists this 7-day strike meant a delay or interruption to rail travel between cities. No trains were going to Rothenburg and no rental cars were available, fortunately, but we were able to hire a private driver to take us from Heidelberg to Rothenburg, about 2.5 hrs away. Thus an exciting beginning to that leg of our journey.
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