Rothenburg ob dere Tauber – 21 FEB 2011

The name means “Red fortress above the Tauber”. In the middle of the large metropolitan city of Rothenburg is a well-preserved medieval town, completely enclosed by brick walls. Founded in 1170, the walls and towers were built in the 13th century. In the 30’s it was dubbed “the most German of German towns.” It was a two hour drive from Heidelberg; my short 5 hour visit, barely covered a small portion of the walled city as much time was spent in St James’s church, a doll/toy store, a restaurant for lunch and the Imperial City Museum, since it was a bitter cold day, requiring many stops to warm up.

Above and below are views from the parking lot outside of the walled town.

Below is a window shutter latch:

St James’s church (1311-1484) a historic Lutheran church:

Stained glass windows circa 1350:
Twelve Apostles Alter (1499 by Friedrich Herlin):

Holy Blood alterpiece, carved by Tilman Riemenschneider, 1500-05:

This is a very large enclosed place...I'm inside the wall looking across to another part of town still within the walls...and yet, I drove through a very large modern city less than a block from the parking area.

If there is a large bear...Tinky Winky will find him:

Restaurant where I had a great German lunch:
While having lunch, there was a large built-in clock that struck twelve…one side opened and a man raised a horn to this mouth…the other side opened and a man raised a beer mug to him mouth. When I left the restaurant, I notice the same clock on the building across the plaza.
I waited five minutes for it to strike 1 o’ clock…same results!
TW finds some more friends:
Found the Medieval Crime Museum but it didn’t open till 2:00; by then, I was on the other side of town checking out the Imperial City Museum.
Chair used to dunk bakers who made under weight bread loafs:

Even the most German of German towns, has it’s problems: