Rothenburg ob der tauber

Trip Start Dec 26, 2006
Trip End Jan 20, 2007

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I think I'll give you a bit about my weekend trip, while I am waiting
for evening rounds to start. I took the train from Hannover friday
night to Rothenburg, got off at the station, and could not figure out
where to go for the life of me. There was no nice little 'you are here
map' for me to use. A few minutes, a little broken english and lots of
gesturing later, I was headed off in the right direction. I stayed in
the cutest little hotel, rather like a bed and breakfast, they call
them guesthouses. I promptly went to bed, and slept for about 11 hours.
I was tired from the week of working in the clinic, I guess! After a
great breakfast ( I love the German breakfasts!) I headed out to the
city. It's a fun little town enclosed in midieval stone walls, so I
paid little attention to the map, as I couldn't get too lost. The walls
kept me in. Once I got my bearings, I found a few museums to tour, some
shops to wander, and lots of paths to walk. I went to the Midieval
Crime and Torture museum, Kevin reccomended it. Upon first look, I was
wondering if I would regret it later in my dreams, but there were only
a few gross and nasty looking devices. The rest of the museum was
focused on laws and more the way of life and customs, what happened if
you broke those customs, etc. With it being January, there weren't tons
of things to do, some of the places were closed, but most everything I
was interested in was open. I did want to do the walking tour of the
city with the Nightwatchman, but that doesn't start up again until
March. I think my best investment was a cheapo little tourist book, it
ended up having a walking tour of the city, with little bits of history
written about most everything. I would walk a bit, find a shop to go
into, then pick up the walk at another place. I went to the top of the
town tower, I think it's 60 metres high (?), that was great! I tooks
tons of pics from the top, and just enjoyed the scenery of the great
southern Germany. I walked around most of town, circled the town up on
the walls, and then walked around town outside of the walls on Sunday.
Sunday isn't the best day to go somewhere in Germany, everything is
closed. There were a few open shops, one of which I went into, and
promptly got stuck in when the police went down the road and the
shopkeeper closed up. Apparently they are not allowed to be open for 13
Sundays in the winter, I'm not really clear on the rules. After about 5
minutes when the polizie moved on, I was set free again. (And thus
avoided the rest of the stores...) All in all, it was a great tour.
Most Germans sort of laugh when I tell them I went to Rothenburg, I
think it's like people coming to the US and going to Disney or
something. Rather cliche, but still cool nonetheless.
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