If there ever was a good time to spend the extra money for an optional tour, Wurzburg was the place. As I have mentioned before, Vantage includes more tours in their river cruise price than other companies, and in Wurzburg, we could have taken an included tour that featured just Wurzburg. Rothenburg ob er Tauber (translation: “Red fortress above the Tauber”) sounded too good to pass up, though, so we opted instead to see the well-preserved medieval town of 12,000 residents.
Located in the middle of the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, it is well known for its beautiful old town that dates back to the late Middle Ages.
Rothenburg is also noted for its university, alma mater to 13 Nobel Prize winners. In addition, production of fruity, dry white wine dates back 1,200 years. The hills surrounding the town are covered with vineyards, and it is very picturesque.
For yogurt fans, the Danon Activia plant is located in Rothenburg, and 70% of the sugar in Germany is produced in the area. Most of that sugar goes into producing Coca-Cola.
I was pleased to hear that clean energy is a priority in Rothenburg. Wind and solar power has replaced nuclear energy, and the locks produce the water power energy to round out their clean energy production.
When our bus arrived, all we could see across the street was a massive (very OLD!) stone wall. I couldn’t wait to see what awaited us on the other side. All it took was one look, and it was love at first sight! I had just laid eyes on the most beautiful medieval-period town I had ever seen.
As our guide led us around, I didn’t know which way to look first; it was all so incredibly gorgeous. Zooming in on the details of the architecture with camera made me appreciate it even more. I saw beauty my naked eye had missed. As I sit here right now editing my photos in between writing, my eyes light up all over again.
Rothenburg was easily THE highlight of our journey.
Selecting which pictures to include in this post is too difficult; I want to include them all. I no longer care if I need to purchase more space on WordPress; I’m not cutting any more corners. It’s worth it.
My friends, strap in, because I am about to unleash dozens upon dozens of scenes of Rothenberg, as seen behind the lens of my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40. I hope these inspire you to make the journey to the “Red fortress above the Tauber.”
More scenes from street level (looking up!):
After leaving Rothenburg, we returned to Wurzburg to tour Wurzburg Residenz (Prince Bishop’s Palace). Photography wasn’t permitted inside, so the following are exterior shots:
Back at the River Voyager in Wurzburg, these are scenes photographed from the top deck looking across the river:
An incredible day we will never forget!
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