The Walled City, Part I. Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany (2012 / 2013).
This charming little town is said to be the inspiration for the village in Pinocchio, which makes me want to see that movie again. As we roamed around Bavaria, it seemed pretty evident that Walt Disney gathered vast amounts of inspiration from the region.
Rothenburg’s history dates back to 950. The town has survived many wars, battles, and even the Black Plague. The town is surrounded entirely by a wall, which protected the city from attack, and is said to be one of Germany’s best preserved walled-towns.
Highlights include a beautiful church, many cafes and shops, a Museum of Torture… It’s quite a place! Favorite part of our visit? Walking the wall that surrounds the town, and viewing the city from high. It’s always nice to step away from the crowds, and experience a place with stillness and quiet.
Keeping with our tradition of sampling the pastries of each new region, we tried the Schneeballen, which is their specialty of egg dough fried and covered in confectioner’s sugar, or chocolate. A Bavarian donut! Yum.