most of the next 2 days were spent in little german towns. by far my favorite day trip was rothenburg ob der tauber (rodt), a medieval town along the romantic road. i did not know what to think. from what i remember, rick steves (the king of travel advice for europe) described it as the disneyland of old germany that is worth the visit but crawling with corniness and tourism. for me, the crowds were really not that bad and appeared later in the day. it was not any busier than berlin and less busy than prague. overall, the city was charming, walkable, and very pleasant. i felt like i was in disney's snow white. i really enjoyed myself.
i left in the wee hours of the morning, so i could arrive before the supposed crowds. it was an hour and half commute and involved 3 different trains. here is where i learned toilets on german trains often have automatic doors. i embarrassed myself and tried so hard to open a door that i thought was stuck. turned out, you just needed to press a big green button, oops. i also think an old lately assumed i was german. she looked and talked directly and me. i just smiled and nodded, she seemed pleased with that. i was a little nervous trying to navigate and was lucky that when the first train ran late, the other two waited (my guess was that rotd is the most popular destination in that area). the last train i took only carried me and another tourist who did not speak english. we communicated a little just to make sure we were on the right train. when i arrived before 9, i walked in the wrong direction, but finally found my way.
one of the town gates to enter the old town.
i was also able to walk up one of the towers and around the wall. rotd was the only town i was able to do that. i do remember tripping a few times (it's a very uneven pathway), but i did not fall off the wall. i call that a success.
i then stopped by a little church. there were some chatty cats in the courtyard.
i continued my stroll and stopped at plonlein, the most photographed landmark of the city (the yellow building in the back). it was a shame there was an ugly fence around it.
i stopped at a cafe to get some coffee. it was the cutest place and i also got myself a treat, an apricot strudel. i think this was my favorite dessert of the trip.
and my pretty view.
next, i walked towards the main square. this was really the only area that was pretty busy. every once in a while, i would see a big tourist group, but they always keep moving.
the old town hall
the ever so popular half timber buildings of germany. the store to the right has been a pharmacy since the 1800s.
a cute little secluded alley right behind the busy square.
this is the ever so popular christmas workshop. there are stores all over germany and the world, but this is the main shop. i bought a cute wooden coo-coo clock ornament :)
next i headed to the castle gardens. this is at the top of the hill and overlooks the countryside.
the gardens. i was surprised by how many flowers were still in bloom in september.
the doors to an old one room church.
next i walked down the hill via outside the old wall. there is a nice little dirt trail where you can see the architecture of the old wall and the towers connected to it. you can also see the countryside. rotd is quite isolated and is not connected to another city or town.
the courtyard of the imperial city museum. i did not end up going inside, but was floored by the rainbow colors of the wildflowers.
sexy st. james.
st. james church, the only historic site i entered
i was overdo for a meal, so found a quickie pastry shop (one of the best things about my trip). you can find them everywhere and all have serve coffee and sandwiches with little meat and tons of cheese (sliced and a cream cheese spread).
my meal (pretzel as sandwich bread is genius).
i got lost, but found this cute little shop.
the last stop before the train back was alt-rothenburger handwerkhaus, a craftman's house built in the 1300s! craftsmen lived here most of the time living downstairs while working upstairs. a hermit lived here until 1968 and therefore had no interest modernizing it. because of this, it still does not have electricity, nor running water (there is a 40 foot well inside).
i then took the train back to nuremberg. at the station i saw policemen with helmets and shields. turns out there was a big football game and the city was taking precaution. i met with my australian hostel friend. she was nice enough that after only knowing each other for half an hour invite me out to eat the next day. we went to a little turkish place and talked about the differences between practicing law in our respected countries and the nazi era bullet holes in the surrounding buildings.
now for a song. i'm gonna choose a snow white song for obvious reasons. "i'm wishing" is my favorite. i love a good hum. enjoy!