Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany // Part I

July 21, 2015

I guess you can say I'm saving the best for last cause even though Rothenburg was one of my first stops during our Germany/Austria trip, I am just now posting about it. After one night in Munich, I woke up early the next morning and started my road trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. 

Rothenburg is a well preserved medieval town and a part of Germany's Romantic Road. Its picturesque setting not only inspired the village for the 1940 Disney movie Pinocchio, but social media is also flooded with pictures of this uber cute town.  

The second I arrived in Rothenburg, I was in love. It was everything I hope it would be and more. After dropping off my bags at the hotel, I immediately hit the ground running. First stop, the iconic "it" spot, the Plönlein. I remember first seeing a picture of the Plönlein a few years ago in an image gallery of random internet pictures. I remember screenshotting the picture and telling myself, a. I have to figure out where this is, and b. after I find out, I have to go there one day. 

After taking a million pictures (you cannot visit Rothenburg without maxing out your memory card, hence why I'm breaking this up into two parts), I started making my way to the wall that encircles the town. It took me a while to get up to the wall since a couple entrances were closed due to construction but nevertheless, I made it up there. From the wall, you get rooftop views and a behind the scenes look at life in Rothenburg. I think I walked about half of it before making my way back down to the cobblestone streets. 

Once back down, I began just walking around aimlessly taking in all the history and beauty. I'm glad I got down where I did cause I got to see some really cute buildings full of bright, fun colors. I could walk around Rothenburg for hours days and would not run out of things to take pictures of. Enjoy the pictures below and Happy Travel Tuesday everyone!      


Click here for Part II of our Rothenburg adventure!

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The post I am highlighting from last week's Travel Tuesday is "Innsbruck, Austria" by Sara from A Different Piece of Sky. During our visit to Austria in the Spring, Jimmy and I didn't get a chance to visit Innsbruck so I'm living vicariously through Sara's beautiful pictures. Check out out Sara's blog and follow along her European adventure!  




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38 comments

  1. What a cute town! I can totally picture Pinochio being set there!

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  2. So glad you got to visit that precious town! We have such amazing memories from there....not much to do there but just loved the atmosphere!

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  3. Oh wow! It looks like a postcard :) I especially love all of those coloured shutters, I always think that they bring lots of charm to a place. Looking forward to reading part two!

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  4. Damn, even the pigeons are cute!

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  5. What a charming little town! We've been living in Germany for four years now and still haven't make it to Rothenburg!
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    www.theslowpace.com

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  6. Your photos are beautiful! How picturesque is that entire place - it must have been like walking into Disney. I'm very fond of Germany and I'm glad you liked it too!

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  7. Just oozing in German charm! Love it! And thank you for highlighting my post from last week! :)

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  8. So beautiful! It really does look like it came straight out of the movie Pinocchio. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip to Rothenburg!

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  9. Rothenburg is soo pretty!! I have to find a photo of me on the fortifications around the city aged 5 and show it to you!! I have to revisit though, because I have no recollection whatsoever!!

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  10. I'm swooning over your photo of the window with the bright red shutters! Thanks to Pinterest and the blogosphere, I've been wanting to visit Rothenburg for quite some time now. I'm so happy to hear that it did not disappoint! Hopefully I'll get a chance to go soon - and I'll be sure to bring an extra memory card ;)

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  11. Rothenburg is just so cute! We visited once in 2012, but since we stay in a just-as-cute town close by (Dinkelsbuehl), I'm sure we'll end up visiting again sometime in the future. I think some of the town scenes from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" were also filmed there.

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  12. I just read that they filed a scene in Harry Potter 7 in Rothenburg but it was only a split second on the big screen. What's funny is that my son and I are watching all the HPs right now in order and we are on 5... when we get to the Deathly Hallows, I'm gonna look out for it!

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  13. Yes my thought exactly, it really is a postcard town! Everything about the town screams charm :)

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  14. Haha... for some reason I took a lot of pictures of animals while there, birds, cats, dogs. Part II will have a Frenchie and a group of cats lol.

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  15. Ahh jealous, where in Germany are you living? I would love to go back to Rothenburg but around Christmas time :)

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  16. You're welcome Sara! x I'm bummed I missed out on Innsbruck so I'm visiting through your picture!

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  17. Thanks Jamie, us too! Thanks again for the Night Watchman Tour rec! I don't know if we would have stayed the night without it, but I'm so glad we did :)

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  18. Gorgeous photos! It looks so beautiful there!

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  19. Walking around aimlessly-- LOVE IT! Those pastries look delicious!!

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  20. Rothenburg has always been on my list of places to go - it looks so picturesque and beautiful! It reminds me a lot of Nuremberg - which I also really enjoyed! The colors in your photos are so vibrant and beautiful!

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  21. These photos are some of my favorites from your trip. Now I know why there are so many "German towns" back east with similar architecture, so beautiful.

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  22. We live in Bremen!.Christmas markets are the best! You have to come back and visit at least one!

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  23. Amazing photos! Wow that town looks so cute and picturesque! I mean I believe you when you say you can't visit without maxing your memory card! Looking forward to part 2!x

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  24. Ah man it does all look like a postcard - how cute!

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  25. Yes! You should do a throwback post and post the pictures! lol It would be cool if you went back and took the exact same pictures and did a side-by-side comparison :)

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  26. It's seriously the cutest town ever lol... I was telling Jimmy how I want to go back but during Christmas!

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  27. Rothenburg is one of those towns you visit and think, I can't believe places like this still exist! We stopped and had a drink inside a bar that was sitting on top foundation that was built in the 900's... three digits! Pretty crazy! I would love to visit Nuremberg the next time I'm in Germany! Heard their Christmas market is insane!

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  28. Thanks Andrea! It's a super cute town! :P

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  29. They were yummy and so messy! ha It was like eating a beignet in New Orleans... I had crumbs and sugar all over me!

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  30. We actually sent our parents postcards from there... the postcard was a picture of the Plonlein like my top picture lol :P

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  31. Lol yes! You'll want to take pictures of everything! lol Even the animals there are picture perfect! :D

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  32. I just checked and yup Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had scenes there... and so did Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part I! What's funny is that my son and I are watching all the HPs right now in order and we are on 5... when we get to the Deathly Hallows, I'm gonna look out for it!

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  33. Wow this place looks SO SO cute! I'm dying to go back to Germany. I've been to Berlin, but I want to go somewhere a bit more..."German." Berlin is a huge city so it doesn't have that authentic German feel! Looks like I need to go here!

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  34. Gorgeous photos! I lived in Heidelberg, Germany for a year but I never made it to Rothenburg. Guess I'll just have to go back!

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  35. Yes! And Germany is so close to you right now! Well not super close but you know lol. FYI My boss was in Dublin this week for a conference :P

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  36. Lol, love it! I'm right there with you, I totally want to go back too! I would love to see Germany during Christmas time!

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  37. Awe, I would love to visit Heidelberg! I see so many cute pictures of that town! When you go back, take me with you :P

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  38. Oh! Yes!! Tell me when to go and I'll meet you there! hahaha that would be awesome at Christmastime!

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