Transportation: 2 trains from Nurnberg to Rotenberg and a sunny walk into town.
Favorite beverage: Spatlese white wine that accompanied the dinner that I had in the restaurant below
our bed and breakfast. Crisp, sweet white wine. Great with Goulash, sausage and sourkraut.
Surprisingly not the Goulash, sausage and kraut meal. Colin and I stopped for lunch at a sunny restaurant and café and I ordered the daily special which was schnitzel, salad, and fries. The Schnitzel was delicious.
Accommodations: Colin and I decided to splurge a little and get a bed and breakfast in
Rotenberg. It was actually the Mayor’s mansion when Rotenberg
was at its height in the 13th century or so. Very cool place and sweet little old German lady’s provided great service.
1.) Walking around the wall of the walled-in city. The head clearance was low, about 6 feet 6 inches, and had me ducking from time to time. Colin, a 6 foot 7 inch man, was fit to be tied. Check out the great picture of him hunched over while walking in the wall.
2.) The crime and punishment museum. That’s right, an entire
museum devoted to
instruments of torture. Note: the executioner’s axes. The one on the bottom is Turkish.
3.) The Castle Gardens. At the sight of the original castle, now lie beautiful g
ardens just starting to hit their spring stride. The payoff at t
he end of the gardens is a view of the
Tauber river and a beautiful German countryside and
accompanying valley. Gorgeous.
4.) The Night Watc
hman Tour. This 8 pm tour consisted of a 45 year old dude in a black cloak, an axe, and a lantern escorting dozens of Americans around the main square and stopping every 5 minutes to point out some small nuance on a building that related to Rotenberg’s rich history. I don’t know why I’m trying to make fun of him- I totally enjoyed it. He was corny, made bad jokes, and I ate it up. Learned a lot about the history of Rotenberg and was happy to drop 5 Euros in his hat in the end.
Most commonly used words:
“They really did that?” Completely in reference to the torture museum. Thumb screws, shame masks, drunk tanks, violin clamps, execution axes and mallets, and chastity belts. The answer was “Yes, they really did do that!”