25.09.2009 - 25.09.2009 22 °C
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval town on the Tauber River in Germany. It is a major tourist attraction because it is Germany´s best preserved walled-town. It was saved from destruction near the end of the 2nd world war, according to the Night Watchman, by an American general whose mother had visited Rothenburg before the war and he had grown hearing stories about the town and seeing the pictures. Speaking of the Night Watchman this is German fellow who has probably created himself the very best job ever. For eighteen years he has been leading tours from the town centre nightly at 8:00 pm for 6 euros each adult. He is dressed as the night watchmen from the medieval times complete with a black robe, hat, lantern, and combination weapon (spear, axe). When we gathered in the main square in front of the town hall there were probably already 50 people waiting for him. When we left there were at least 100 and as we walked through the town we gathered more people - he is like the pied piper. You pay on your honour at the end of the one hour tour and even discounting the freeloaders he is making a fortune. The tour is very informative of the the times, and entertaining and humorous. There is wall completely encircling the old city and you can walk around the top as the guards would have back in the 1100 to 1400's. All of the buildings in the old town including our hotel are at least 600 years old. Only pictures will help to describe!