Monday, August 24, 2009

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg is a colourful medieval walled town about three hours by train from Frankfurt and 80 metres above the Tauber river valley. The half-timbered buildings on the cobblestoned streets are pink, green or yellow with red-tiled gabled roofs. It's pretty, and a popular tourist destination, but it strikes me as slightly kitsch. Maybe this is because I've been to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, of which it reminds me. Though Cesky Krumlov must certainly bear the charge of being kitsch, it is validated by its charm.

When I arrived at the guesthouse in Rothenburg, I asked the proprietor for a recommendation of where to eat. He told me to go to Hell. "Zur Höll" is a little restaurant on a back street away from the expensive tourist traps in the Marktplatz, housed in an old stone building with cramped ceilings and wooden stairs. One trapezoid-shaped table seating nine is actually an old bellows, the spout still attached to the narrow end.

1 comment:

Mark said...

The photos of Rothenburg take me back 20+ years to when my then girlfriend & I visited there during one of our European jaunts. It's a beautiful little town. Did you go up to the tower for the bird's eye view?