Rothenburg, Germany – Sunday

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday, the 13th, we continued wandering all over town:

Along the Herrngasse:
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Here is the Burgtor, the largest and oldest gate tower in Rothenburg, dating from the 12th century. (And a building and the wall near it!)

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Near the Burgtor is the Burggarten which has a lovely view of Rothenburg. This area of the city has been built on since the time of the Celts. There are several buildings and a lovely garden!

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The Blasiuskapelle, the High House of the Dukes is the only building of the Reichsburg that partially withstood the earthquake of 1356. The murals in the Hohenstaufen chape date from the time of the reconstruction around 1400. This building is in the Burggarten.

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And a different view of the Burgtor:
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And walking back up towards town, the Johanniskirche, circa 1400:
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A cat!
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The Doll Museum! I didn’t take many pics because I wasn’t sure it was allowed. But I liked this doll with her trousseau, and these dolls in period costumes!
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The Plonlein (small square) and Siebersturm (tower)- a really pretty area of half-timbered houses, including one tiny yellow one with a gorgeous garden and fountain.

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We continued past the Plonlein, on the Spitalgasse, towards the the edge of this arm of town. We pased the Spitalkirche, a Gothic hospital church that dates back to 1281. The figure of Mary dates to the 14th c.

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Near this church is a payphone, which was great, so we could finally call my parents! And the cutest little house and garden ever – like out of Hansel and Gretel!
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At the end of this arm of town are the Imperial Town Hall and the Spitalbastei/Faulturm, as well as the Southern town gate. This area is also known as the hospital district – besides the town hall, there is a huge warehouse dating back to 1699. The town fortifications at the edge of this part of the city are substantial! There are gates, walls, portcullis’s, drawbridges, and a moat (unused for water). I scanned in the arial photo of this area, as it is impossible to describe in words! The next batch of pics were taken in this area and can be matched up to this view.

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This yellow building is the Hegereiterhaus, which was the home for suppliers of the hospital goods.

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This building is the Rossmuhle – it’s a youth hostel now, but back in the day, it was used as a mill.

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This tower, the Stoberleinsturm, with its corner oriels, is also part of the hospital complex. The Zum Heiligen Geist, as it was called, was created starting in 1280, when the town built the hospital outside its walls, as was usual then.

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We walked on the town wall from the hospital zone up to Kobelzeller Tor, which has a lot of fortifications as well, including the Teufelskanzel, “Devil’s Pulpit” – the tower.

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There is a nice view from the walls of the Tor as well.
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I love the signs on the fronts of shops and such – they are so pretty!
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