Our next stop on this trip was to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is due east from Nürnberg in Bavaria on our way back to Monzelfeld, Germany.
It remained a cold and overcast time in Bavaria, and we arrived in Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a sleepy morning when the entire city seemed to be asleep – and felt like we had the town all to ourselves.
Although the town was decorated for Christmas, the Christmas Market had not been set up yet – and we were disappointed that we had arrived too early to see and experience it.
This is Rothenburg’s Town Hall or “Rathaus,” facing what is probably the most famous medieval town square in all of Europe – with beautifully preserved and restored period buildings.
A view of the market square which is where the Christmas Market will be set up, and as the town and square are not that large – the Rothenburg Christmas Market is a serene and intimate experience.
A view looking from Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s main square down a narrow street toward the most famous and recognized medieval tower in the city.
This beautiful building is Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s Tourist Office, and the first booths appear to be in place in the process of setting up the Christmas Market.
It is amazing to see a city with such a wealth of beautiful historic buildings, creating a uniform atmosphere of Old World charm – and providing a look back into ages past.
These historic buildings each have a personality and characteristic that is all their own, preserved through the ages with loving restoration that recalls the memories of earlier years.
The Rathaus tower of the historic Town Hall rises high over the city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, creating a beautiful image and portrait for this medieval walled city.
Another view of the Tourist Office – the center building in this photo looking across the market square of Rothenburg ob der Tauber – with the first booths of the Christmas Market set up around it.
We began the tradition of taking David’s picture in front of the Käthe Wohlfahrt store’s larger than life Nutcracker whenever we visited their Christmas stores throughout Germany.
Every street in Rothenburg ob der Tauber has its own feel and historic look, and we spent our visit walking throughout the city for most of the day.
Christmas decorations line the streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, as this view points us back to the distinctive Tourist Office building on the market square in the distance.
The unity of preservation of all the historic buildings within the medieval walls of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is what makes this town a favorite destination for toursits – who love to share in the town’s historic atmosphere.