Day 14-Oct 6-Thurs-Würzburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Day 14-Oct 6-Thurs-Würzburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

We were docked in Würzburg but had decided to take the daylong tour. Those who stayed behind had a tour of Würzburg.

Off on the bus again, this time to Rothenburg ob der Tauber by 9am! This is the most Medieval City we will visit, and it turns out to be a favorite. As we rode through the beautiful countryside, we marveled at the vineyards planted vertically down the steep hillside. The guide explained that this takes advantage of the sunshine which the grapes need in order to develop sugar. If they planted them in horizontal rows, the upper row would cast shade on the lower row, causing loss of sugar development.

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This vineyard perches above our docking location.

We enjoyed seeing the fields that seemed so midwestern. Here the farm families
 live in small villages with their fields surrounding them. Wind power is everywhere. These photos were taken from a bus speeding down the autobahn, so you will see some reflections. We enjoyed an included lunch in a local restaurant. 

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Next came a walking tour and some time on our own to see the beautiful old structures, including St. Jakob’s Lutheran Church. We wandered off on our own to try to walk the old wall high above the city. We found it, but got a bit lost while on our walk. Eventually, we climbed down and hurried to the bus with only two minutes to spare.


We enjoyed visiting the shops, including many Christmas shops. Käthie Wohlfahrt’s is the name of a famous shop that has a year round Christmas display. The shop is a chain with other shops around Germany.


Our guide explained several expressions to entertain us on the way home.
*In ancient days, people would seem to die, but were really in a coma, usually from lead poisoning because they used lead in their plates and cups. For that reason, a bell was tied to the deceased’s big toe, with the bell being above ground. If the person awoke after burial, they could simply wiggle their toe and ring the bell…thus the saying “Saved by the bell.”

*Since the seemingly dead people sometimes awakened after burial, there was always someone who would sit in the graveyard through the night. Thus the expression- “graveyard shift”.

*Similarly, someone would sit with the dead body prior to burial throughout the night. Thus the term “wake”.

*Homes usually had thatched roofs which would hold insects and mice. This attracted cats, which in turn attracted dogs. If there were an especially hard rainfall, the thatch became slippery…. Soon, it was “raining cats and dogs.”

*To keep the dirt floors dry, people would lay down layers of thatch. It difficult to keep the thatch from being tracked out of the house, so they would fasten a board across doorway. Thus “threshold”.

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Nuernberg Bridal Cup- a father of the bride once told a suitor that if the suitor could drink out of a double cupped wine glass at the same time as the daughter, he would give her hand in marriage to him. The suitor designed this double cupped wine beaker. The skirt is one cup and the bride holds the other cup above her head. The one held above the head is hinged so both cups can be sipped from at the same time!image

After we returned and ate another delicious dinner, we were entertained by a group of local entertainers in authentic costumes. Some of the costumes were over 150 years old.

(Be sure to click on an individual picture for a larger view and sometimes, commentary.)

Ciao for now!

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Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create mixed media, quilted and fiber art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, NC; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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4 Responses to Day 14-Oct 6-Thurs-Würzburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

  1. Dee Ann says:

    We loved Rothenburg….we were able to spend the night there as we were on a coach tour in 2008. Yes, Dan had me up on the old wall/ramparts walking the whole thing. We probably toured the same Lutheran church, St. Jakob’s, with the wonderful carved wood high altar. We also tried the schneeballen, pie dough? strips shaped into a ball and then fried, but we must have selected the wrong place as we threw it away and we love sweets. Dan loves beer anywhere we go…wish I did, but I am a dry white wine (troken?) person. Loved the architecture of the old town….know alot is reconstructed as I bought a postcard that showed what destruction remained after the bombs of WWII.

    We cruised the Rhine from Rudesheim to Boppard and had lunch while on the boat. Rudesheim is an UNESCO site so they really have wonderful old buildings. As I write this, I wonder if it was damaged during the war. We also toured Heidelberg…the castle. And that is where I saw the Hotel Zum Ritter in the heart of the old town. Thanks to you, I now know Ritter means knight.

    Thanks for making me get down the old scrapbooks and relive fun time. Know you are both making great memories.

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    • muniqueblog says:

      Dee… I think I missed this post while we were still on the trip. Sometimes the connections aboard were quite slow. I especially like the old buildings, but as you say many had to be reconstructed after the war. We didn’t find Hotel Zum Ritter, but have seen streets and even bars with the name Ritter in them.

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  2. aimolde2013 says:

    Rothenberg is one of our very favorite places! We’ve been there so many times!! It’s so classic, so charming! I have little houses and little wooden figures from there! Love, love, love Rothenberg ab der Tauber!! I learned new things from your post today – we always wondered why the vineyards were planted straight up and down!

    Ingrid Molde Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. Sent from my I Pad

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    • muniqueblog says:

      We both loved Rothenberg ab der tauber. It was the first really quaint old market we had come across. We tried to walk atop the old wall, but got horribly turned around and were a bit worried about missing our bus ride. Made it by 2 minutes. Still agreed we loved this town.

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