From Germany-Rothenburg

Trip Start Jun 20, 2009
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Trip End Jul 05, 2009


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Monday, June 29, 2009

We made it to Rothenburg Germany today, leaving Paris at 7:30 am and making it to Rothenburg by 4 pm, changing trains 3 times. No internet here (using free one in travel center) so I will post an update and photos in 2 days.  But we arrived safe and sound in a town that looks like Hansel and Gretel should be skipping down the street. More later.

Update-here's the rest of the story. Wasn't sure how hard this whole train thing was going to be so we had a taxi pick us up at 6 am.  Schlepping through the Metro with luggage has lost it's charm. No traffic so only took us about 15 minutes to the train station. Train station was simple to figure out so we had about an hour to wait for the train. The first leg of the train was to Stuttgart.  We were traveling 1st class (when I was buying the tickets they were the same price as 2nd class). I didn’t think there was any big difference except a slightly nicer train car.  We were surprised when we were given a "boxed breakfast", good thing because we left too early for breakfast at the hotel.  The train breakfast included 2 cold poached eggs (not as gross as it sounds), smoked salmon, a mini baguette, a chocolate or regular croissant, a fruit parfait, orange juice and coffee.  This train travel is the way to go. The countryside we passed through is absolutely gorgeous.

Our next train from Stuttgart to Ansbach was delayed 45 minutes so we missed our next train but only had to wait about 5 minutes for the next one.  From Ansbach we went to Steinach and then to Rothenburg.  We ended up arriving about 1 hour later than anticipated.

We set off from the train station to old town Rothenburg, which is probably only about a 10 minute walk, IF you are not hauling luggage, and already hot and tired, and trying to roll said luggage up hill on cobblestone streets.  We had a little trouble finding our hotel, which is more Inn or B & B, but we did find it and then had to haul luggage up steep flight of stairs. Glad we are traveling light but apparently not light enough.

Rothenburg is absolutely picture perfect, a fully preserved village from the middle ages. The town is beautiful and the houses are gorgeous. Our hotel is in 600 year old building, very dark and middle aged.  Very quaint and unique, quiet and comfortable but no internet.  Not even a phone in the room. 

After recovering from our journey to Rothenburg, we hit the streets and did some more walking but not too much.  We had a nice German dinner (outside tables right on the street).  Luke had Wienerschnitzel and I had Bratwurst and kraut.  After that we went on the Night Watchman’s walking tour, very entertaining tales of medieval Rothenburg.  We finished the evening with desert at an ice cream parlor, we deserved a treat after all that walking.
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jennifernixon
jennifernixon on

Loving your vacation!
Susan,
I look forward to your vacation emails. Paris was fun and now I am awaiting your experiences in Germany.
Donna, who is bowling for you, wants to be on your email list. If you want to add her, here is her address: lashbowl@aol.com
Keep living the Dream,
Jennifer

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