Ich Liebe Reisen

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 18, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

We got up around 7am Saturday morning to head to Rothenburg. We grabbed another pastry in the train station for breakfast, as usual, and then got on our 8:30 train. We had two connections on this trip and were only on the first train for about 20 to 30 minutes. When we reached our first destination the train was already full and no one else was allowed to enter. We tried to get on but there were police on the train blocking the entrances to make sure no one else entered. I have no idea why it was so busy, but we just waited in the station for the next train coming at 9:30. We got on that one with no problem. We connected one more time with no problem until we made it to Rothenburg in the late morning.

As soon as we got to the Rothenburg train station we tried to put our luggage in the lockers they had there, but every single locker we tried was broken! It was so annoying! We tried to get one to work for about 20 minutes until finally Megan went inside and asked what the deal was. It turns out they've been broken for a long time and no one has bothered to try and fix them. However, the lady at the desk said people have been going to the hotel down the road where they let people store their stuff. So that's what we did. We walked down to this hotel where the lady working there was extremely nice. We told her our situation and she took us outside to the hotel's storage unit and let us put our stuff in there and lock it. She wasn't going to charge us anything for it, but we gave her 5 Euros because she was so sweet and helpful. Now that that was taken care of we started our tour of Rothenburg!

Rothenburg is a small town but well-preserved and full of culture and heritage. I think each city we went to got older and older and it felt like we kept going back in time. It was a beautiful medieval town with the old Bavarian type houses, bridges, and another castle wall surrounding the town. We did a lot of souvenir shopping here too because there was such a variety of different things in the stores and for good prices. We took a lot more pictures here, shopped, and just had a relaxing day.

At one point when we were walking by a shop and we over heard a couple older ladies talking.. In English! It is such a good feeling to overhear a conversation and actually understand it. We walked up to them and introduced ourselves, told them where we were from, and that we are studying in Austria. They said Austria was their favorite European country and that they were from Wisconsin. Sweet ladies. We think they were sisters. We noticed a lot of people speaking English here, I guess because it's a touristy place, and loved it.

We walked around the town for a while, but since we arrived around lunch time we decided to grab a bite to eat. We ate at this restaurant we found that was pretty cheap and had a wide variety of different foods. It was really good and we each got something a little different. Megan and Hollie had pasta dishes, Elda had a salad, and I got an omelet with fruit tea (I was in a breakfast mood), and it was all very good.

After lunch we did some more shopping and wandered through out the little streets discovering all kinds of different things- fountains, churches, memorial sites, stuff we had no idea what they were, and other different "around the corner" surprises. We spotted a lot of shops that sold these things called "Snowballs" that we found out were a historical Rothenburg dessert from the medieval ages. Of course we had to try it because we try every single dessert there is :). They are like a bunch of cookies all squished together, or at least that's what it looked like. It didn't taste like a cookie though. The dough was more crispy and not soft like a cookie. I had one that had nougat icing on the outside of the ball and was filled with nutella. I don't remember what the name was though. Everyone liked them, but I thought they were a little different. It was good, but I think since I was expecting to eat something like a cookie I was a little let down when it wasn't like a cookie at all. I almost couldn't eat all of mine because it was so rich.

Later we went up one side of the castle wall where the courtyard was and we got a very good view of the area. We took more pictures and then walked over to the other side of the castle wall. Since Rothenburg isn't that big it wasn't that far of a walk to get to the other side. On this side there were steep stairs that you had to take to get to the walking path of the wall. We walked along and on the side there were names of people and the place they came from, but we couldn't figure out what it was for and who these people were. However, we again got some good views and good pictures.

Around 5pm we headed back to the hotel to pick up our belongings from the lady there, and then headed back to the train station to catch our 6pm train to Munich. Things get a little more interesting here...
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