Travel and Explore Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany

Let’s travel and explore this time the famous “Christmas town” in Germany called Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. In the Middle Ages, it was an Imperial Free City. I wondered why this town is called Christmas one. During my visit with good friends last January 2008, I knew the reason why. You can find and shop for Christmas decorations round the year in this town. It is the home of Käthe Wohlfahrt, a signature store and the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village. Filled with handcrafted pieces celebrating the magic of Christmas and traditional German craftsmanship, this one-of-a-kind shop inspires joy and goodwill.

striking a pose at the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village which thrills visitors with an illuminated, revolving Christmas tree and a larger-than-life Nutcracker King, the 13-foot sentinel who greets guests at the door.

The town hall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.taken during our visit last Jan. 2008

The name “Rothenburg ob der Tauber” means, in German, “Red fortress above the Tauber”. This is so because the town is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber river. As to the name “Rothenburg”, some say it comes from the German words Rot (Red) and Burg (burg, medieval fortified town), referring to the red colour of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. The name may also refer to the process of retting (“rotten” in German) flax for linen production.

If I am not mistaken this is the entrance to the Klingentor. I wish to visit this town again in the future.

 
 

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