Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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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.

The red clay tile roof protects from rain when walking the wall.

The red clay tile roof protects from rain when walking the wall.

View of wall and tower

View of wall and tower

Looking over houses within old town while walking wall

Looking over houses within old town while walking wall

Criminal Museum (of torture & shaming)

Criminal Museum (of torture & shaming)

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…

Let's rip off those limbs, you scumbag...

Let’s rip off those limbs…

Shaming mask

Shaming mask for over-eating

Shaming mask for gossiping

Shaming mask for gossipers

My favorite shaming mask... for Bad Musicians. Fingers are clamped down on and hangs around neck!

My favorite shaming device… for Bad Musicians. Fingers are Smashed between bars and the heavy iron instrument hangs from neck!

Fall asleep in church and you had to wear the heavy ball necklace with heavy cross on it for 24 hours.

Fall asleep in church and you had to wear the heavy ball necklace (right) with heavy cross on it for 24 hours. It is huge!

Foot torture clamps

Foot torture clamps

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.

the Glockenspiel in the center plaza

the Glockenspiel in the center plaza

Pretty colored houses

Pretty colored houses

Plants adorn entries

Plants adorn entries

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.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!
Kathy-MML-sig-4w

2 thoughts on “Rothenburg ob der Tauber

  1. I enjoyed the shaming masks. Maybe some version of them should be used today. Oh, pardon me, that wouldn’t be pc would it!!!

  2. My SIL told me she saw and I missed was for women who bickered…had to be in a device facing each other and share the heavy weight of carrying the device around. Ha, facing each other and working together.

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