Romantic Medieval Germany : Würzburg + Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Würzburg Residence

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cheers! Franconian wine at Alte Mainmühle

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medieval timbered houses: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Cherry blossoms in Würzburg

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houses in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Würzburg Residence

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Tapestries in Würzburg Residence

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Staircase & Fresco : Würzburg Residence

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Green Lacquer room: Würzburg Residence

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Würzburg Residence gardens

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Marienkapelle

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Satan & Eve : Sternplatz, Würzburg

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Best cakes @ Cafe Michel

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Alte Mainbrücke

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Love locks @ Alte Mainbrücke

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Marienberg fortress from Alte Mainbrücke

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Würzburg city from Marienberg

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Alte Mainmühle

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber city entrance

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houses in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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houses in Tauber valley

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Tauber bridge

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houses in Tauber valley

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houses in Tauber valley

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Romancing Rothenburg @ Michelangelo, Rodergasse

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Easter decorations in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Schneeballs

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Franconian beer battered fish @

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Nightwatchman tour

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The famous Romantic road in Germany stretches out mostly in the state of Bavaria from Würzburg till Füssen, with picturesque cities, towns and villages dotted along it. I spent a weekend exploring the first two stops on this road, Würzburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

My quick itinerary:
- Reach Würzburg in the morning and explore the city in a day.
- Stay the night at Würzburg.
- Next day take the train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. (roughly 1hr from Würzburg)
- Return from Rothenburg ob der Tauber at night.

The time I spent was sufficient to explore and experience both places to the fullest.

Würzburg is mini Prague to me. With its baroque styled palaces and churches, a wide river dividing the city in two, the Alte Mainbrücke quite similar to the Charles bridge, and the Marienberg fortress atop a hill much like Prague castle. The city is small enough to explore entirely on foot.

My list of "must do" Würzburg:
- Climb to the Marienberg fortress to enjoy the stunning city view from top. Take the longer route while climbing down to walk through a vineyard.
- Sip the local Franconian wine outside Alte Mainmühle on the old bridge.
- Spend a good deal of time (3-4 hrs) exploring the Würzburg Residence palace and its gardens. Preferably, visit at a time when the English guided tour is scheduled.
- In spring time, walk alongside the river Main and spot the lovely blooming cherry blossoms.
- Walk around the city and peek into the Dom and Marienkapelle.

I spent a night at Hotel Meesenburg. Booked via my favorite booking.com. Breakfast included and pay at the hotel. Room was very basic, no luxuries but close enough to the city center and VFM for its price.

A great tip to those travelling within any German state. They usually have a daily state transport ticket, in my case it was the Bavaria ticket, that covers all local trains (no ICE) and most buses and trams. Prices get cheaper for larger groups. I purchased a Bavaria ticket online for my second day and used it to reach and return from Rothenburg ob der Tauber. More information here: https://www.bahn.com/i/view/USA/en/prices/germany-regional/bavaria-ticket.shtml
For train routes and schedule: https://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/

Cuteness and Germany do not quite fit together. A visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber proves this wrong. It is one of the most famous stops on the Romantic road and I realized this only when I saw the hordes of tourists along the Rödergasse, the most photographed street in this town. The town is bordered by high ramparts and watch towers that you can walk through. Each meter of these walls bears a name plate of the person and their country who helped rebuild it after it was almost fully destroyed in the WWII. The main attraction of Rothenburg o.d.T. is , however, are the well preserved medieval timbered houses. Do not restrict yourself to Rödergasse, explore the many lanes of this town, fall in love with the colorful houses, and you will see why is it on the "Romantic" road.

It is Christmas all round the year in Rothenburg o.d.T. with its many shops and Christmas museumIt's the best place for souvenir shopping, if you're looking for gifts to take back home. Nature enthusiasts can walk down the scenic trail till the Doppelbrücke  or Tauber bridge, or spend a peaceful time in the Burggarten. Do stay till 8pm though, for an entertaining and informative nightwatchman tour. Details here: http://www.tourismus.rothenburg.de/index.php?id=516

Must do in Rothenburg o.d.T:
- Explore the architecture of the town, most famously along the Rödergasse.
- Walk through the city ramparts.
- Trek down to the Tauber river.
- Enjoy sunset from Burggarten.
- Nightwatchman tour

If I had more time I would fit a quick trip to Bamberg in my itinerary, another small, cute town in Bavaria, 1hr from Würzburg. And of course, complete the rest of the Romantic road all the way till Füssen, but that's for next time.

Würzburg Residence is a Baroque styled palace Würzburg, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most remarkable features of this palace would be (in no particular order): 1)The largest ceiling fresco ever painted. 2)Stunning stucco decorations in the main halls. 3)Lavishly decorated rooms, most notably the Mirror room and Green Lacquered room. 4)Huge, well maintained palace gardens. Quick details: 1)Entrance charges EUR7.50 for Adults (no entrance charges for the palace gardens). 2) English guided tour, included in the entrance charges, at 11:00 , 3:00, 4:30 (recommended). 3) No photography inside the palace building (though you can try to sneak in a few pictures on your mobile phone). More information can be found on: http://www.residenz-wuerzburg.de/englisch/residenz/index.htm
Photo of Residenz Würzburg, Residenzplatz, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Residenz Würzburg, Residenzplatz, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Residenz Würzburg, Residenzplatz, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Residenz Würzburg, Residenzplatz, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Residenz Würzburg, Residenzplatz, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Residenz Würzburg, Residenzplatz, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Highly reminiscent of the Charles bridge in Prague, the Alte Mainbrücke offers a gorgeous view of the Marienberg fortress and its reflection in the Main river. Whether the love locks on this bridge add to or spoil its charm, is up to you to decide. On pleasant days, people flock at the iconic Alte Mainmühle restaurant on the bridge to sip some Franconian wine or bite into a sandwich whilst enjoying the view.
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Photo of Alte Mainbrücke, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Alte Mainbrücke, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Alte Mainbrücke, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Alte Mainmühle is a iconic restaurant on the old bridge in Würzburg. The best part is that, on pleasant days, you can take your glass of wine or a sandwich and stand by the bridge, enjoying the view. The local Franconian wine was itself, to my delight since I am not a huge fan of dry wines, very crisp and refreshing.
Photo of Alte Mainmühle, Mainkai, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Alte Mainmühle, Mainkai, Würzburg, Germany by kritika das
I enjoyed the little climb up to the Marienberg fortress more than the fortress itself. There are two climbing routes, the longer one is through a vineyard and gives you the added bonus of walking through a wine trail. You can see the entire Würzburg city stretched out in front of you from the top.
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Large array of cakes, cosy seating.
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Photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany by kritika das
Photo of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany by kritika das
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