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Historic Medieval City with City Defensive Walls ~ Photos of Rothenburg, Germany

Updated on November 16, 2016

Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg, Germany
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Rothenburg


I had the pleasure of visiting historic Rothenburg, Germany years ago with my good friend who lives in that European country.

It is situated along the Tauber River and it is an old walled city.

Having stayed in touch with her since my single days of living in the Texas Medical Center nurses' dorm and sharing experiences of working in the operating rooms of Methodist Hospital, we have also shared many good times together after she returned to her home country.

This is primarily because of her frequent visits back to the United States to visit family members of hers. Generally working in a visit to also see us, face to face visits as well as communicating by letters and infrequent telephone calls has kept this friendship alive and thriving.


Keep reading as I will be sharing photos and some of the information that I learned about Rothenburg on our trip together to that remarkable city.


Street scene in Rothenburg, Germany

Street scene in Rothenburg, Germany
Street scene in Rothenburg, Germany | Source
Street in Rothenburg, Germany
Street in Rothenburg, Germany | Source

Medieval city


Rothenburg goes back to the 10th century when a castle was first built on that location. By the 12th century the city walls were begun to be erected.

An earthquake took place in 1356 which destroyed much of the city's fortifications but people continued to rebuild.

The impressive St. Jakob's Church was completed in 1510 and is a landmark feature of Rothenburg today.

Situated on a plateau at 1,275 feet above sea level with the River Tauber 180 feet below the city in a valley, this gave the residents of Rothenburg a good defensive site...especially as a city wall with towers and gates and holes in the high walls gave good lines of vision to be able to see and fight against any marauding armies.

People there endured many wars including The Thirty Years' War.

Fortunately, compared to so many other cities in Germany, total destruction of this attractive locale was spared during World War 2 by the orders of an American general.

What had been bombed was rebuilt in the old style and because of its uniqueness and historic nature, today it lures visitors from all over the world.


My friend had visited Rothenburg previously and wished to share its captivating beauty as well as its antiquity with me on a one day visit.

After wandering the cobble-stoned streets and enjoying what we got to do and see, I would love to spend more time there someday and absorb more of its characteristic charm.

Rothenburg, Germany: Romantic Medieval Town

The Master Builder's House (center) in Rothenburg, Germany

The Master Builder's House (center) in Rothenburg, Germany
The Master Builder's House (center) in Rothenburg, Germany | Source

Cafe inside of The Master Builder's House in Rothenburg

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Cafe decor inside of The Master Builder's House in Rothenburg
Cafe decor inside of The Master Builder's House in Rothenburg | Source
Cafe inside of The Master Builder's House in Rothenburg
Cafe inside of The Master Builder's House in Rothenburg | Source

Master Builder's House


Did you happen to notice the supporting figures on the front of the building on what is called The Master Builder's House in the photo above?


It was built in 1596 by Leonhard Weidner in a Renaissance style and is considered to be the finest private residence in Rothenburg.


The figures of men and women represent the seven vices and virtues.


Inside of the Master Builder's House (Baumeisterhaus, in the German language) is a beautiful private courtyard and today it serves as a restaurant.


Not only did we take a look at it but my friend and I decided to have a meal there and enjoy viewing the interior architecture and decor a while longer while dining and taking a break from our walking around the city.

Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg, Germany
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Herterichs Well with St. George's figure in Rothenburg

Herterichs Well with St. George's figure in Rothenburg
Herterichs Well with St. George's figure in Rothenburg | Source

The Herterichs Well


Located in the marketplace (Marktplatz) is this well that supplied the city's water needs back in 1446.

Sometimes called St. George's well, Herterichs well was lavishly decorated by Rothenburg's mason Christoph Körner in 1608 and is topped with a statue of St. George.

This site has seen much action besides the drawing of water for the resident's needs.

According to some literature that I picked up, it also served as the site of a gallows in the Middle Ages as well as a pillory where people would have had their heads and hands inserted into a wooden platform and remained there exposed to public scorn as punishment for supposed grievances or crimes.

It also was the site where shepherds danced to ward off the plague which was a frightening occurrence which killed many people in earlier times. Now a traditional shepherds dance is performed several times a year in Rothenburg paying respect to those past legends.

Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg, Germany
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St. Jacob's Church in Rothenburg

St. Jacob's Church (Jacobskirche) in Rothenburg
St. Jacob's Church (Jacobskirche) in Rothenburg | Source

St. Jacob's Church


The high Gothic style of St. Jacob's Church (Jakobskirche, in German) dominates the skyline of Rothenburg. It was built in the 14th and 15th centuries and was consecrated in the year 1448.

The citizens of Rothenburg were the ones who raised the funding for this massive church which took well over one hundred years to build and lots of manpower and expertise to construct.

The exterior is stunning with the lofty towers, steeples, pointed arches and slim windows rising up towards the heavens in honor of God. But it is the interior of this church that is a "must see" for any visitor to Rothenburg!

One could spend much time in this church marveling at all of the spectacular embellishments which contain, among other things, valuable stained glass windows...some of them 46 feet in height above the main altar.

The Altar of the Twelve Apostles with carved figures and paintings is a gorgeous shrine in the nave (head) of the church flanked by seating for the choir on each side wall. The choir stalls which bear coats of arms of noblemen living in Rothenburg and who have supported this church throughout the centuries are interesting to see.

A massive 5,550 pipe organ must be something to hear when it is played. Unfortunately we did not get to hear it being played while we were visiting.

Tilman Riemenschneider and his famous carved altar inside of St. Jakobs Kirche (church) in Rothenburg

The Holy Blood Altar


There are other carvings of note and great beauty, but the stunning masterpiece of this church and one in which people come in droves to see is The Holy Blood Altar located upstairs in the west choir area. Why the name?

There is reputed to be a relic holding 3 drops of Christ's blood placed in rock crystal and inserted into a gold-plated cross.

The amazing artistry of the noted woodcarver and artist, Tilman Riemenschneider, is the attraction that is worth the small amount of money charged to see it. Carved out of lime wood it must have taken a huge amount of dedicated time and effort to hand carve and assemble this gigantic altarpiece that is three dimensional and that one can walk around and admire from all sides.

The Last Supper is portrayed along with scenes of Christ entering Jerusalem and his night spent in the Garden of Gethsemane...among other things.

For those who truly wish to see this magnificent piece of artistry, take a look at the video inserted here. Any woodcarvers or lovers of wood carving artistry will be amazed!

One mode of transportation around Rothenburg

One mode of transportation around Rothenburg
One mode of transportation around Rothenburg | Source

Sieber's Tower in Rothenburg

Sieber's Tower in Rothenburg
Sieber's Tower in Rothenburg | Source

Medieval towers and gates


Pictured to the right is a photo of one side of the 13th century Sieber's Tower (Siebersturm) which was the defense on the southern side of the city before it was extended even further out. As the city grew, more defenses were created...thus Rothenburg has a series of gates and defensive towers along with its wall which encompasses much of the city.

Rothenburg street scenes

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Rothenburg street scenes
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Rothenburg street scenes
Rothenburg street scenes | Source
Rothenburg street scenes
Rothenburg street scenes | Source
Couple sitting on steps to grab a bite to eat in Rothenburg.
Couple sitting on steps to grab a bite to eat in Rothenburg. | Source
Viewed in Rothenburg
Viewed in Rothenburg | Source
Viewed in Rothenburg
Viewed in Rothenburg | Source
Viewed in Rothenburg
Viewed in Rothenburg | Source
Many cross-timbered houses in Rothenburg
Many cross-timbered houses in Rothenburg | Source
Walking through a neighborhood towards the city wall.
Walking through a neighborhood towards the city wall. | Source
Streets of Rothenburg, Germany
Streets of Rothenburg, Germany | Source

Cobble-stoned Streets


Notice how narrow the old cobble-stoned streets between the buildings are?

Obviously they were built long before the invention of gasoline powered automobiles.

The majority of people park outside of the major parts of the city and walk to get around. The few cars that navigate the streets do so carefully amidst all of the many pedestrians.

A few tourists choose to get around by horse drawn carriages or with bicycles.

My friend and I chose to do our sightseeing by walking and having good sturdy shoes on our feet to facilitate that process.

A Day Out in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The Town Hall (Rathaus) in Rothenburg

The Town Hall (Rathaus) in Rothenburg
The Town Hall (Rathaus) in Rothenburg | Source

Rathaus


This is the name in German for Town Hall.

As students of architecture can readily see, this impressive Rathaus has three different styles, that being Gothic, Renaissance and with a Baroque arcade.

Due to several fires over the years...one in 1240 and another in 1501, this building has been rebuilt several times and the Renaissance and Baroque styles have been additions to the original Gothic part of the building which blend into a harmonious style seen and appreciated today.

Defensive wall around the City of Rothenburg

Defensive wall around the City of Rothenburg
Defensive wall around the City of Rothenburg | Source

Scenery in Rothenburg viewed from City Wall

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Red roofed buildings of Rothenburg seen from city wall.
Red roofed buildings of Rothenburg seen from city wall. | Source
Roofed sentry walkway of city wall in Rothenburg
Roofed sentry walkway of city wall in Rothenburg | Source
View from city wall in Rothenburg
View from city wall in Rothenburg | Source
Portion of walk along city wall in Rothenburg
Portion of walk along city wall in Rothenburg | Source
View from city wall in Rothenburg
View from city wall in Rothenburg | Source
Views from the city wall in Rothenburg
Views from the city wall in Rothenburg | Source
Portion of the city wall in Rothenburg
Portion of the city wall in Rothenburg | Source
Red roofed buildings of Rothenburg
Red roofed buildings of Rothenburg | Source
Looking out one of the defensive holes in the city wall.
Looking out one of the defensive holes in the city wall. | Source
Walking a dog along a path up by the city wall in Rothenburg.
Walking a dog along a path up by the city wall in Rothenburg. | Source

City Walls


Residents and visitors alike can get some great daily exercise by hiking around the city's defensive walls. With steps going up and down in some places it can be a good aerobic workout.

However...unless you live there and are so desensitized to the spectacular scenery with the numerous portals looking out towards the countryside and also the views looking inwards and down upon the red roofed town with its varied scenery...one is likely to stop and take many photos and/or stop and gaze at the eye-catching and wondrous sites around each twist and turn in the wall.

Below are some of the photos taken along the portion of the fortification where my friend and I did some exploring.

City Councillors' Tavern in Rothenburg where the drinking feat is recreated each day.

City Councillors' Tavern in Rothenburg where the drinking feat is recreated each day.
City Councillors' Tavern in Rothenburg where the drinking feat is recreated each day. | Source
City Councillors' Tavern in Rothenburg where the drinking feat is recreated each day.
City Councillors' Tavern in Rothenburg where the drinking feat is recreated each day. | Source

City Councillors' Tavern

This interesting building (in German, called 'Ratsherrntrinkstube') draws crowds of people six times every day when at specified times figures appear in the two windows and recreate a drinking feat which supposedly saved the city of Rothenburg from total destruction back in 1631.

The story is told that during the Thirty Years' War, General Tilly conquered the town. Ordinarily it would have been plundered and destroyed as was the custom back in those times. However...so the tale goes...if someone could consume a large tankard of wine in one gulp, the city would be spared. A former mayor of the town stepped up to the challenge and saved the day!

My friend and I stood among the crowds and watched this show which happens at the top of each hour from 11 AM to 2 PM and again at 9 and 10 PM each day. Tilly is in the window on the left with Nusch (the former mayor) in the window on the right.

For people needing to know what time it is, there are three clocks on the gable of the City Councillors' Tavern. A sun dial is at the top with an eagle just below it. Next comes a calendar clock. The city's official timekeeper clock was built in 1683.

Marketplace (Marktplatz) in Rothenburg

Marketplace (Marktplatz) in Rothenburg
Marketplace (Marktplatz) in Rothenburg | Source

Door knocker on a house in Rothenburg, Germany

Door knocker on a house in Rothenburg, Germany
Door knocker on a house in Rothenburg, Germany | Source

Rothenburg on the Tauber


After exploring Rothenburg for many hours, we had to return to my friend's home in Herrenberg because we were to embark on a trip to Switzerland the next day.

There is obviously so much more to see and do in this intriguing German city dating back to the middle ages.

One could easily spend many days there as I wish we could have done after having been introduced to this wondrous medieval city.

In addition to the fascinating architecture there are multiple other churches and sites of interest to see as well as institutions such as the doll and toy museum and the medieval crime museum which could wile away many hours.

There are numerous choices of lodgings and eateries. Perhaps, with luck, my wish will come true and I will return someday to see more of this engaging walled ancient city of Rothenburg on the Tauber. Thanks to my friend, I at least got to see this much and will always relish the memories.

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View of Rothenburg from a distance

View of Rothenburg from a distance
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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Keti,

      So glad you had fun in Rothenburg, Germany. Sorry for the late response. This ended up in the spam folder for some reason. Hope you had as much fun as we did! :)

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      Keti 3 years ago

      I just went there on May! Lovely town. I had beautiful time there and wish I could spend more time in Germany. Your phtoos are lovely. Thanks for sharing and have a great time with your trip :-)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Rothenburg is certainly one unique, beautiful and historic city. Glad that you liked viewing these photos and reading about it. Appreciate your visit and share.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Such an interesting and picturesque city! There are so many place I'd love to go, but I just hate travelling! LOL! I need to start watching travel documentaries! :D Voted up, interesting and shared! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      At a certain age long distance air flights are not as much fun and harder to recover from than when a person is younger. We have several friends who say that they will never again leave the country for those reasons. Others wish to see more of our country first. I am just glad that I got to see the fabulous city of Rothenburg, Germany especially with my German friend as guide and interpreter. It was wonderful! Thanks for the pin.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I should have said my husband has no interest in going out of the US in my last comment. I came back to add this hub to my travel pin on Pinterest.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Rothenburg, Germany would certainly be a place that you would love visiting since you like cobble-stoned streets and medieval architecture. I found it to be fascinating. Wish we could have spent more time there! Thanks for your votes, the 5 star rating and your share. Hope you get to visit it in person someday.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I have always been in love with old time places and this tour is one I enjoyed the most. Lovely pictures and I especially love the cobble stoned streets and the medieval look. I'd love to visit Rothenburg. It's beautiful.

      Voted up, beautiful,interesting. Shared and rated 5 stars.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi lindalou1963,

      So glad to know that you enjoy reading about Rothenburg, Germany and viewing the photos that I took while visiting there with my friend. Since you like history, I can understand why you would really like this place! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I am so fortunate to have been able to see the parts of Germany that I did with a friend and native that lives there. Whatever your husband's reasons are for not wanting to leave the U.S., there are plenty of places to visit right here. It would take a lifetime to see everything right in our own country as you know. Appreciate your comment on this hub about Rothenburg and also the 5 star rating, votes and share.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      I love this hub! Your photos are awesome. I'm a real history buff and love reading anything historical like this. Thank you for sharing!!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      The photos are just beautiful. I love Germany and wish I could visit again. My husband has no interesting in leaving the US. I would never get him to go there. 5 stars voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jasmine,

      Whether or not the Grimm brothers walked the streets of Rothenburg, Germany...the historic and beautiful site could certainly have provided substance for their fairy tales. It is an amazing feeling visiting that old Medieval city. Glad that you liked the photos.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      The brothers Grimm must have walked around Rothenburg, too when they collected folk tales and legends which were later to become worldwide known fairy tales. Wonderful photos!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michelle,

      How wonderful that you and your friend have reconnected after all of the intervening years of not being in touch. I never imagined that writing a hub about Rothenburg, Germany would have such an effect. Nice! Thanks for the update! Brings a smile to my face this morning.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Peggy, just had to come back to tell you that my penfriend finally emailed me back. So thank you again for this hub which reminded me to get in touch again. Well we had started writing since 1986 so this is really great! Love and blessings :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Peggy, I just had to come back to this page to tell you that her email is still the same and she finally had the time to write me back. Digging up her letters I see we started writing since 1986, imagine that. It was slow mail then. And now it's 2011 and we are still connecting! It feels so good, truly a happiness booster for me! Yay, thanks again Peggy for this hub which reminded me to email her...amidst the demands of our schedule. Lots of thankful hugs sent your way! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Yolanda,

      So very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Humberto. All of my family is now gone. I am sure that his kids really appreciated the fact that you had kept his postcards sent to you from Germany (and probably elsewhere?) and could let them know more about their father from those days. So glad that you liked this hub about Rothenburg. I have another one about Herrenberg, Germany that I will be publishing in the next few days. What were the postmarks on those postcards? Nice that you kept them! You are obviously sentimental as I would have suspected.

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      Yolanda Redington 5 years ago

      Peggy thanks so much for sharing my brother am sure visitted most of Germany while in the air Force he married his sweetheart there 50 years ago. Humberto passed away last june. I had so many of his postcards then I shared them with his 3 children, they were greatful as I am to you for sharing such beautiful sights, you are amazing Gracias

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      Hope you get to see Rothenburg as well as other area in Germany someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, what stunning pictures and your written 'tour' wasw wonderful. I am always though I would enjoy visiting Germany, but now I am positive I want to go there. Especially Rothenbuerg, Germany.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello NessaMetharam,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the Medieval city of Rothenburg, Germany. There are so many wonderful places in the world to visit! This would be a good one for your "bucket list." Thanks for your comment.

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      NessaMetharam 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      It is my dream to travel and visit places like this. Thank you so much for sharing this. Now I have to add this to my bucket list.

      Great photos and lovely hub!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rmcrayne,

      That is an interesting bit of trivia concerning the horse and carriage rides in Rothenburg. No wonder the streets are so clean! Ha! You were lucky to have been able to stay overnight and see more of that historic walled city. Thanks for your comment.

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      rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Peggy, I too have been fortunate to visit Rothenburg (and other German walled cities). We even stayed overnight inside the walls. I’ll have to tell you what you missed not taking the horse carriage ride. As we were plodding along, my (now former) spouse was translating the information from the carriage driver. All of a sudden, the driver abruptly stopped talking, and fast as lightening grabbed a bucket just as the horse was about to poop, and caught the poop! We were all stunned. Turns out the carriage drivers have to pay a fine every time the poop hits the road.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi randslam,

      Ah...nice that you have also walked those historic streets in Rothenburg. Did you also walk parts of the wall? As you say, it is truly a unique city. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rand Zacharias 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Nice job, Peggy. Voted way up and interesting as I've had the opportunity to spend a day in the city, too...way back in 1986.

      Thanks for a great nostalgic visit to a very unique city.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      It was a hard decision deciding upon just one city, but Rothenburg at least answers that question adequately. There are other similar questions worded a bit differently that will showcase other places. Our world holds so many interesting sites...man-made ones and natural. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rod Marsden,

      Yes...seeing is believing. I was amazed at seeing the old Medieval walled city of Rothenburg. I was so glad that my friend wanted to show it to me. She had asked where I wished to go and what I wanted to see before I went to Germany and I left it all up to her. Since it would all be new to me, I told her to plan on seeing things that she would also enjoy seeing. It worked out great for both of us. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      I agree with you. Knowing that some of these buildings have had people residing in them for centuries is amazing! In the U.S. we so often tear down older buildings and put up new rather than admiring them for what they were and relishing the past. Sadly, we often do the same with our elderly...shipping them off to nursing homes rather than caring for them in our homes. Not everyone does this, and sometimes it is out of our hands...but just stating this in general. Thanks for your comment. Glad that you enjoyed reading about Rothenburg, Germany.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      Nice to know that you have also walked those same cobblestoned streets in the historic city of Rothenburg. As you said...it is almost like something out of a fairytale. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      You must have quite an armchair traveling assortment of hubs amassed by now! Glad to hear that Rothenburg, Germany made the list. Thanks for your comment.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Wow, it looks like a wonderful city indeed. I love the old charming architecture. It's not surprising at all to hear you say this is the best city you have ever visited. Rated up, beautiful, interesting and awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      I am sure that General's name could be tracked down and apparently the rarity of such a site was a determining factor as to sparing the city.

      Yes...the German's do love their dogs. I saw them in restaurants and even in department stores. Saw cats in restaurants also! Through my friend's interpretation, one lady was actually shocked that we in America can't take our dogs into restaurants.

      Nice to know that you enjoyed this hub about the walled city of Rothenburg. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      It is hard to believe such medieval beauty still exists in the modern world. I guess seeing is believing but going there and seeing would really be something.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Peggy - as an American who has never been to Europe, I find the age of these buildings, as well as their beauty is just amazing. I can't imagine seeing such antiquity. Your pictures are breath taking! Voted up and awesome.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, as soon as I saw the title, I couldn't wait to read your article, I visited Rothenburg about 20 years ago.

      I loved the cobbled streets and the buildings were like something out of a fairy tale, a beautiful place!

      Thank you for this wonderful hub, and voted up.

      Lesley

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So beautiful;so well informed and lie all your hubs a gem to visit and bookmark into my Armchair Travelling slot.

      Take care Peggy and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      I did a very limited edition linocut of that door knocker and hand colored each one. Thanks for your comment on this Rothenburg, Germany hub. It is quite a place to see in person!

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Peggy when I saw the pic with the dog I said yep. The Deutschlanders' sure love their doggies. They're welcome in the stores and just about everywhere else lol. I wonder who that American General was and why he had the Air Forces go easy on Rothenburg? It's a beautiful old city and of course we're glad they did. Peggy thanks for another great trip, you've done your usual superb job presenting it here. It's really no surprise it's your best visit-pick.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      WOW. Another beautiful scenic place. I love the architecture and the cobblestone streets. I have seen your beautiful linocut print of the door knocker. Great information of this historical Medieval City. Love the photos and videos.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michele,

      Good luck in reconnecting with your friend. Hope you are successful! Artuswall appears to be a part of Berlin which is further north from the area that I got to see in Germany. Your nice comments made my day! :))

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      From what I saw of Germany, it is kept very clean. Thanks for sharing this hub about the interesting historic town of Rothenburg with your followers. Appreciate it!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Peggy, she lives in Artuswall. Do you know this area? You know we started writing since 1986? We were still students then. I still have a box of her letters and opening it made me really nostalgic. She also invited me over to Germany if I could attend her wedding. I was not able to with money thing and all. :) Gosh, I know the kids and family life have kept her busy now but you just made me desire to reconnect with her. On my way to find her... hugs Peggy. You are my angel for the day.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Very nic3 pictures of those old world building.When I was working at Rock Island I heard a lot about German culture as many of our workers were assigned to projects there and there were many veterans who had been stationed there. What seems embedded in German culture is keeping things clean. I understand that sweeping sidewalks is obligatory, as is fixing your car if it has been dented in an accident.From your pictures I would say what I heard is right. Voted up, interesting, beautiful and awesome. sharing with followers.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      I've missed seeing you commenting on my hubs. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Rothenburg is truly a unique city! Glad that you liked seeing it here and thanks for your comment.

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Peggy! You've done it again! Made me want to travel and explore! Rothenburg is someplace out of a storybook! The photo of the red-roofed buildings reminded me of the city Chocolate was filmed it! So fantastic!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michele,

      Too bad that you lost touch with your penpal in Germany. In what part of Germany did she live? The parts of southwestern Germany that I got to see are absolutely gorgeous. Will be sharing more in future hubs. Glad that you enjoyed this hub about Rothenburg and thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Rothenburg is definitely a beautiful and interesting city to visit in Germany. Hope you get to see it for yourself someday. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I always enjoy reading your hub and seeing the photos! It makes everything come alive! Peggy, I used to have a penfriend who lived in Germany but when she got married and had kids, she became quite busy that we have lost touch. I haven't met her in person but reading this hub brought those memories alive. Thanks for this interesting hub!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello larcaustin46,

      How fortunate you were to be able to tour this city of Rothenburg with your high school choir. That must have been a memorable experience for you. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub about Rothenburg in Germany. We loved what we got to see of Spain, and I know that there is so much more to see of that fabulous country. Happy to be able to share this with you and thanks for your comment.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've never been to Germany but this looks like a lovely, old-fashioned city to put on any trip there. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      larcaustin46 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      I have great memories of my time in Rothenburg as a high school student on tour with our school choir--definitely one of my favorite stops. I still have many of the numerous ornaments I bought as mementos at the famous Christmas stores--wonder when I can go back? Thanks so much for a lovely hub!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a wonderful hub, Peggy! I always want to start exploring the world when I read your travel hubs. Rothenburg looks like a very picturesque place. I spent a few hours in Germany on my way back from Spain (which was a very enjoyable trip), but I've always wished that I'd been able to explore Germany as well. Thank you for the photos and the videos as well as the information. The whole article is very interesting and enjoyable.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      Rothenburg, Germany is particularly interesting since so many of the buildings and surrounding city wall are original. I would have liked to have been able to spend more time there and been able to have walked the entire wall, for instance. Thanks for your quick response!

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      Gene Jasper 5 years ago

      Looks Lovely and interesting.