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Rothenburg, Germany - The Christmas Town

Updated on January 11, 2014

Rothenburg is Europe's Year-Round Christmas Town

When you think of Christmas town, most people think it is a town that is in Indiana or part of an amusement park, such as in Williamsburg, Virginia. Almost every State in the USA has some sort of Christmas town. Others think that Christmas town is somewhere where the elves live and where Santa Claus makes toys.

When you live in Europe, there is no question. Christmas town is Rothenburg, Germany. Not only does the town have medieval ruins from the Holy Roman Empire, it also has a Christmas look and feel. People flock there year round to see the town, its architecture and to buy genuine German ornaments and Christmas items. I know that I did. I visited there when I lived there and this is my photo journey.

Although most of the memories are in my mind, I did take some photos and they are included here. Have fun and please let me know that you enjoyed this journey. I surely enjoyed making this website.

Several of these photos are from when I lived in Germany and visited Rothenburg. The rest are credited

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Rothenburg Germany

Have you been here? A Fascinating Town!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (yes, that is quite a mouthful), Germany is located in the southern part of the country. It was first settled in 950AD and was eventually part of the Holy Roman Empire.

On my first visit there, it was part of West Germany. This was before the wall fell and the division of Germany still existed. Living in the USA most of my life, I was stationed in Germany for several years and traveled all over Europe. Part of my travels included staying within the country of Germany.

I had heard of Rothenburg for several years but had never visited. Coming to into the vicinity gives you a sense of awe. The Roman walls still exist and it looks as if you have turned back the clocks of time. Within the city, the time seems to have stood still. The buildings and architecture are truly stunning and the colors are magnificent. Photos cannot capture the true beauty of this quaint little town but I have tried to amass a collection that will give you a pretty good idea.

Rothenburg's association with Christmas can partially be tied to the beauty of the town during and after a snowfall. You feel as if you are in a life-size snow globe. The town, known for Christmas shops and stores and festivals are known worldwide.

Thanks for visiting and I hope that this trip is enjoyable to you!

The Roman Wall that Surrounds Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

My kids surely had no idea what history they were visiting. The huge wall dwarfs his stature and gives you a great idea of the contrast in size. This is part of the wall built by the Romans that surrounds the city.

Santa Hopes it is a Safe Christmas for Everyone - Knock on wood - his head

Rothenburg, Germany Christmas
Rothenburg, Germany Christmas

One of the thousands of wooden Christmas decorations in Rothenburg. They are all very reasonably priced. We bought most of ours in sets.

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Light Snowfall - Early Morning in Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Germany Christmas
Rothenburg, Germany Christmas

Something about this magical town unfolds with a light coat of snow. The fresh air and the beauty is overwhelming

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Rothenburg, Germany - A Winter Fairytale

Rothenburg Fun Fact

Rothenburg is not an easy place to drive around. There are many traffic control measures here which help enhance the Old-World charm and restrict cars and pollution. It is best to park your car and either walk or get public transportation.

Nightfall in Rothenburg - Cars almost look out of place!

Rothenburg, Germany snowfall at night
Rothenburg, Germany snowfall at night

Where is Norman Rockwell when you need him? He wouldn't have to use a lot of imagination living here. I can see this same scene with Horse and Buggy instead of Volkswagen and Mercedes.

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A Home in Rothenburg Adjoining the Roman Wall

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

I can't even imagine living right next to a wall built hundreds of years ago. The stunning architecture of this city is awe-inspiring.

History of Medieval Rothenburg, Germany

Homes in Rothenburg After a Fresh Snow

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

These homes are beautiful, especially the style. Snow always quiets everything down and makes it softer than it is.

Authentic German Wooden Santa Claus Nutcracker - ...or should I say Weihnachtsmann (Christmas Man)

Kurt Adler Steinbach Limited Edition Miniature Pineapple Santa Nutcracker
Kurt Adler Steinbach Limited Edition Miniature Pineapple Santa Nutcracker

Most people associate nutcrackers with German Christmas. There are many on the market but most are made in China or massed produced. When you get them, they look very chintzy. This is the type of Nutcracker that would make anyone proud. Much like the Kachina Dolls, you can collect nutcrackers from the best makers. This maker is one of my favorite and it can grace your home year-round, not only being a Christmas decoration, but reminding you that Christmas is only a few months away!

 

Rothenburg Fun Fact

During the Winter, Rothenburg only averages about 2 hours of sunshine per day and the nights can be chilly! However, at no time of the year do temperatures drop below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

The Spinning Tree - Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Germany the Drill Tree
Rothenburg, Germany the Drill Tree

Rothenburg's town center looks like it comes right out of Grimm's Fairy Tales. This tree is known as the drill or spinning tree. It is a white Christmas tree that rotates, thus the blurry lights in the photo.

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The Family at Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

They almost look as if they belong here, huh?

Santa is Sneaking Up on You.

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

They say he's everywhere. Better watch what you do!

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Traditional German Wooden Christmas Ornaments on Amazon! - You don't need to go to Rothenburg to get these!

Snow in Germany

Egelsbach Germany in WInter
Egelsbach Germany in WInter

Snow always looks spectacular, especially when it's falling.

Rothenburg Fun Fact

Rothenburg ob der Tauber" was an Imperial Free City during the middle ages and the Holy Roman Empire. An Imperial Free City was ruled by Emperor only and had no other governing body.

Another Photo of the Roman Wall Surrounding Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

Although it is no longer all complete, you can walk for quite a distance and what a beautiful walk it is!

More Snow in Germany

Egelsbach Germany in WInter
Egelsbach Germany in WInter

If you look really closely, you might be able to see me about 1/2 way up in that building to the right. Ok, I guess I am not there, I am taking the photo.

Authentic German Beer Stein - No, you can't get this at Wal-Mart

King-Werks Black Deutschland & Flags German Beer Stein 0.50 Liter
King-Werks Black Deutschland & Flags German Beer Stein 0.50 Liter

As with the nutcracker above, why would you want anything other than the original? This is one of my favorite German beer steins. I never drank out of one but I suppose you could if you were desperate. I have owned several and this black one is a personal favorite!

 

Rothenburg Fun Fact

During the World War II era, the Nazi's prized Rothenburg as a true German city and had everything that honored German heritage.

Simple Homes in Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

The colors in this city are spectacular. These homes are like nothing you will find here in the USA. Also, they don't have much for backyards. They are quaint and I have been inside some of them. Most Germans have a kitchen that looks like it came straight from IKEA and instead of kitchen tables, most prefer booths, like you find in a restaurant.

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Rothenburg Fun Fact

The Rothenburg Criminal Museum gives a history of law and punishment for the last 1000 year period. It includes torture instruments, medieval documents and information on witch trials.

Am I in Italy or Germany?

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

This little street reminds me of some from Italy, but don't tell the Germans that, they might be offended!

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The Käthe Wohlfart Christmas Store in Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Germany - Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store
Rothenburg, Germany - Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store

If you don't do anything else, you have to visit here! If you can't afford the trip, the link to 2 videos is below as well as the online store site and they ship internationally!

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The Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store in Rothenburg - C'mon in and browse! Bitte!

More Snow In Germany

Egelsbach Germany in WInter
Egelsbach Germany in WInter

Most people think it snows a lot in Germany. It actually doesn't. If you get more than an inch, that is a lot, especially in the Rhine Valley.

Dusk in Rothenburg

Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg, Germany

Where did all the time go? I am hungry and want a pint of Wiessen, let's go meet at the Hofbrau!

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      Teri Villars 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @delia-delia: I miss being in Europe during the holidays. I spent some time this past season watching shows that were about Christmas markets in Europe. I could actually smell the food.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Lovely lens! I love Rothenburg and Nuremberg they both are spectacular at Christmas time. My hubby said, I'm ready to go back and visit! I was born in Berlin and lived in Garmisch after the war, Bavaria is like a Disney set...my heart is still in Germany but I'm also a proud American citizen

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      Max Globe 3 years ago

      I've been to many countires in winter, but Gemany is undoubtedly the best place to celebrate Christmas. Their markets are amazing!