We visited Rothenburg on our trip south from Berlin in September 2010. We only had an afternoon to visit so we did not get to see sll the many museums and attractions that are available. I was enraptured by the entire experience. It was like stepping back into medieval Bavarian Germay in the 12th century. The town began in 900. In 1070, The Counts of Comburg-Rothenburg built Rothenburg castle on the mountain above the river Tauber. In 1142, Konrad von Hohenstaufen, who became Konrad III (1138–52) the Roman-German King, built the Stauffer-Castle Rothenburg. In 1170 the city of Rothenburg was founded at the time of the building of Staufer castle. The centre was the market place and St. James' Church. The oldest fortification is the old cellar / old moat and the milk market. The city walls and towers were built in the 13th century. The White Tower and the Markus Tower with the Röder Arch have been preserved. On the west side of the Town Hall Square is the Rathaus (town hall). The Gothic part of the building (at the back) was built around 1250, and the attached front Renaissance building was started in 1572. The building served as the seat of government for the city-state during the medieval ages. The Town Hall Tower at the east end of the city is open daily for visitors to climb. It is alomst 61 meters high (200 ft). At the top of the tower there is an entry fee of 5 euros which allows entry into a room from which beautiful, scenic views of the town and surrounding country side are available. The town's shops have all sorts of beautiful German handicrafts including nutcrackers, clocks, Christmas decorations and traditional German lederhosen and dresses. Our time in Rothenburg was one of my favorite experiences on my trip to Germany.
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