Rothenburg is a stunning small town packed full of medieval history. We flew to Frankfurt Maine Airport where we collected our hired car and headed in the south/ easterly direction for a couple of hours with coffees and our first ever (real) pretzels to get into the German culture.
Being December, it was freezing. But carrying around our camera equipment to capture this cute town, we soon warmed up – along with a little help from the layers of clothes, hats, gloves etc. There’s nothing worse than not being prepared for cold weather.
A Mini-Guide to Rothenburg
Eat a Schneebälle
First stop in the town was an independent bakery, for a very traditional Schneebälle, a pastry very popular with Rothenburg, named after its snowball appearance. They come in many flavours but the most popular comes with a dusting of powdered sugar. They are made by cutting strips of dough, folding them into a ball shape and deep-frying them.
Visit the Plönlein
Just a short walk from the bakery is probably the most famous place in Rothenburg- the Plönlein or 'Little Square'. It’s the most photographed part of the town, and we certainly took our fair share. Just over the road from here we walked part of the Towns’ Walls which cover a distance of around 3.5 km, which is built around the perimeter of the town. Admittedly, we did not do much of this walk, due to there being so much to see in so little time but we have ticked it off our list and witnessed some fantastic views.
Drink Wine from Glocke
Next stop, a very rustic wine store called Glocke, where the owner kindly showed us around the shop and wine tasting area as well as giving us some history of their vineyard.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Hotel Eisenhut, in a beautiful, quirky room on the top floor with an amazing view. Both the staff and the food at this hotel were fantastic and perfectly located in the town. Next door to our hotel was the Käthe Wohlfahrt shop and museum, which is crammed top to bottom of Christmas goodies on display.
The Christmas Market
Across the road from here is the Christmas Market where of course mulled wine and sausages were consumed. Yes we are ticking off the stereotype food and drinks. As the day got even colder at around 8pm we went to the Market Square ready for the Watchmen Tour, which was very popular, especially with American tourists.
Though we spent a very short time in the town, it was incredible to get you into the Christmas mood. It’s hard to imagine this town in the other seasons of the year, which is a major reason we’d love to go back to see it and experience the town in a whole different way again.
We assume anyway that the Christmassy bits aren’t there all year, other than the Christmas shop.