Rothenburg Town Hall Tower
The best preserved medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, fits the word “romantic” perfectly. Walk the wall that encircles Rothenburg to get various perspectives of architecture in the middle ages. The Rothenburg Town Hall Tower dates back to approximately 1250-1400. Climb to the top of this tower for amazing views of Rothenburg and the surrounding countryside areas.
The Town Square of Rothenburg ob der Tauber consists of two parts: The Gothic and The Renaissance. The gothic part, circa 1250-1400, includes the Imperial Hall and the 65 meter high tower. The renaissance part, circa 1572-1578, faces the Market Place and includes the arched terrace. The tower clock shows the day of the month, hour and minute.
While Justin and Eli walked around, I climb to the top of the tower for a dramatic view of Rothenburg.
At first, I accidentally entered a museum. Looking up at the tower, one would assume that the entrance is underneath it, but nope! The entrance is actually around the corner, ie. on the right in the above picture. Once you enter this brown building, you have to do quite a bit of walking, both flat and up staircases.
Since I had paid to go into the museum, I spent a few minutes walking around.
As I was leaving, I asked the ladies at the front desk where the entrance to the tower was. They started laughing, and then one of them looked at me and rolled her eyes. Hmmm… Not very friendly, and for a town filled with tourists! Oh dear.
A Long Wait
It took AGES to get to the top of the tower. The final portion of the stairs were very narrow, and there wasn’t much room for people to stand while others came down. There was a convenient little room just below the exit to the outside of the tower. A few of us piled into the room, while our tourists were coming down from the top. Just then, more groups started coming up and they started to push right passed the room where we were all squished. It was clear that we were waiting, but that didn’t seem to matter to them It was huge mess!
When my turn eventually came, and I climbed up the steep narrow staircase, it was refreshing to be outside in the flash air. Even though I tried to look for Justin and Eli, in the square below, I could not see them. They had probably waited for so long that they had sat down in the shade to rest.
It was good to finally get back down to ground level, and out into the square again.
There they are! Patiently waiting for Mama as she climbs another tower in Europe. We could often tell from the outside of a building if there would be a narrow spiral staircase inside. Our stroller folds up to a nice compact size, but why bother with all of that. Justin doesn’t really like heights, I do… so it is always a pretty easy decision.
Whenever I get back to these two, they are always munching on something yummy. I never feel too bad for deserting them for a while, because I know that they are off snacking, and having a good time.