Christmas Part II – Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany 2016.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016

I got back from my trip to Füssen and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany late Tuesday night and thought I’d do a couple of quick posts before I procrastinate and never get around to sharing.  If you’re ever looking for somewhere to spend a few days, whatever the time of year, both places are beautiful and well worth a visit.

This post is Part II of my Christmas experience in Germany and looks solely at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a beautiful Bavarian medieval town on the famous Romantic Road.  It’s not going to be wordy just a few snaps taken from my time there. Hope you enjoy them and if you have any questions, please ask, hopefully, I’ll be able to help.  Thank you and season greetings.  Adele. x

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016

Rothenburg 2016

Rothenburg 2016

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016 This is the beginning of the Christmas market. It winds through further streets and into buildings behind the main square. The Rothenburg Christmas Market “Reiterlesmarkt,” named after a local Teutonic legend, which began during pre-Christian times as the story of a horrid rider who carried the souls of the dead. As Christianity swept through Europe, the figure developed from a wild man into a loving, gentle man who gave gifts to all people on earth.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016
Rothenburg Christmas market in the Market Square. It winds through further streets and buildings behind the main square selling small gifts, orniments, hot food and lots of mulled wine.
The Rothenburg Christmas Market “Reiterlesmarkt,” named after a local Teutonic legend, which began during pre-Christian times as the story of a horrid rider who carried the souls of the dead. As Christianity swept through Europe, the figure developed from a wild man into a loving, gentle man who gave gifts to all people on earth.

 

 

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Hotel Eisenhut, Entrance and Reception Area. The hotel is in a great location, right beside the Christmas Market. The shared spaces are beautiful but the room we had was very dated. The room was clean and large but the overall appearance was a letdown. I would still recommend Hotel Eisenhut despite our room.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Hotel Eisenhut, Entrance and Reception Area.
The hotel is in a great location, right beside the Christmas Market.
The shared spaces are beautiful but the room we had was very dated.
The room was clean and large but the overall appearance was a letdown.
I would still recommend Hotel Eisenhut despite our room.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016 This was our hotel for 2 nights, Hotel Eisenhut.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016
This was our hotel for 2 nights, Hotel Eisenhut.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Rothenburg is truly beautiful, everywhere you look you’ll see cobbled streets, brightly coloured medieval buildings and quaint shops geared towards the many tourists that visit this wonderful place each year. I personally didn’t go for the shopping but mainly to soak up the Christmasy atmosphere in one of Europes prettiest and best preserved medieval towns.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. We'd been lead to believe that Rothenburg would be mobbed with visitors but we found it to be fairly quiet, with no queues in the shops and the restaurants being virtually empty. Maybe it's the recession or we just happened to fall lucky.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
We’d be lead to believe that Rothenburg would be mobbed with visitors but we found it to be fairly quiet, with no queues in the shops and the restaurants being virtually empty. Maybe it’s the recession or maybe we just happened to fall lucky, either way, I highly recommend visiting this town on the famous Romantic Road.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. The walls of Rothenburg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The walls of Rothenburg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. The walls of Rothenburg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The walls of Rothenburg.

My favourite Brätwurst was the wild boar sold at stalls in the Christmas market. We spent most of our time eating and drinking. The mulled wine was a firm favourite, making us all feel very festive and warming us during the cold winters days and nights.

My favourite Brätwurst was the wild boar sold at stalls in the Christmas market.
We spent most of our time eating and drinking. The mulled wine was a firm favourite, making us all feel very festive and warming us during the cold winters days and nights.

Pretty Christmas decorations are everywhere.

Pretty Christmas decorations are everywhere.

Treat yourself in the many gift shops, stalls, coffee shops and restaurants.

Treat yourself in the many gift shops, stalls, coffee shops and restaurants.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.

When the tourists leave and the mist descends, Rothenburg feels completely different but equally as special.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. It's getting late here and the mist thickens. I can't help but think of Whitechapel, London and Jack the Ripper when I look at this photo.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
It’s getting late here and the mist thickens.
I can’t help but think of Whitechapel, London and Jack the Ripper when I look at this photo.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. The empty streets and mist gives the town a completely different feel.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The empty streets and mist gives the town a completely different feel.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. There's hardly anyone around by 9 pm and then the mist begins to descend.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
There’s hardly anyone around by 9 pm and then the mist begins to descend.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Rothenburg becomes eerily quiet when the shops close and the mist starts to blanket the town.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Rothenburg becomes eerily quiet when the shops close and the mist starts to blanket the town.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. The walls are deserted at night. The mist gives the place a really creepy feel but we loved it.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The walls are deserted at night. The mist gives the place a really creepy feel but we loved it.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. There's still a bit of life outside this hotel and in the adjoining walled beer garden.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
There’s still a bit of life outside this hotel and in the adjoining walled beer garden.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Very few people were on the streets after 9 pm but this hotel and bar seemed to be buzzing.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Very few people were on the streets after 9 pm but this hotel and bar seemed to be buzzing.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. The streets are virtually empty of people by 10 pm.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The streets are virtually empty of people by 9 pm.

 

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. The streets begin to empty just in time for the mist to cover the streets.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The streets begin to empty just in time for the mist to cover the streets.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. The streets begin to empty.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The streets begin to empty.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Beautiful cobbled streets of Rothenburg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Beautiful cobbled streets of Rothenburg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. On the walls, it's deathly quiet and scary but we loved it.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
On the walls, it’s deathly quiet and scary but we loved it.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Our hotel as the mist begins to descend.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Our hotel as the mist begins to descend.

We got up on our last day and went out for a walk and to watch the sunrise from the battlements.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Beautiful morning sunrise on the last day of our trip.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Beautiful morning sunrise on the last day of our trip.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Sunrise from the battlements.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Sunrise from the battlements.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Sunrise from the battlements.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Sunrise from the battlements.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany - Christmas 2016. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Adele x

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Seasons Greetings
Adele

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Christmas Part I – Füssen, Germany 2016.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

I got back from my trip to Füssen and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany late Tuesday night and thought I’d do a couple of quick posts before I procrastinate and never get around sharing. If you’re ever looking for somewhere to spend a few days, whatever the time of year, both places are beautiful and well worth a visit.

This post is Part I of my Christmas experience in Germany and looks solely at Füssen. Füssen is a lovely Bavarian town at the very southern most tip of the famous Romantic Road, just north of the Austrian border and right beside the Alps. Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle lie south-east of the town. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to go into the castles but made the journey up to Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’ where we were afforded a fabulous view of Neuschwanstein Castle and the surrounding lakes, towns and countryside.

It’s not going to be a wordy post, just a few snaps taken from my time there. Hope you enjoy them and if you have any questions, please ask, hopefully, I’ll be able to help. Seasons greetings. Adele. x

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Image links to Wikipedia .

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
This image is from Wikipedia and links to that page.  All other photographs belong to my husband and myself.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’, with fantastic views of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’, with fantastic views of Neuschwanstein Castle and the gorge below.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. View down to the gorge below Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
View down to the gorge below Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. View down to the gorge below Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
View down to the gorge below Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. Neuschwanstein Castle

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Neuschwanstein Castle

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. We always had time for mulled wine.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
We always had time for mulled wine.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Street view of Füssen.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Street view of Füssen.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. View of Füssen at night.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
View of Füssen at night.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. Füssens' Christmas market is small but lively, with a lovely atmosphere.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Füssens’ Christmas market is small but lively, with a lovely atmosphere.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen town, though not as pretty as Rothenburg, has a certain charm of its own and has the added bonus of beautiful scenery, lakes, skiing in the winter and is home to some of Germanys most visited landmarks ‘Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles’.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. The above image is of Alpsee bei Schwangau. The scenery around Füssen is beautiful. With the backdrop of the Alps and a number of lovely lakes, it makes it a perfect year-round destination.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The above image is of Alpsee bei Schwangau.
The scenery around Füssen is beautiful. With the backdrop of the Alps and a number of lovely lakes, it makes it a perfect year-round destination.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Christmas Market.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Christmas Market.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Neuschwanstein Castle

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Neuschwanstein Castle

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Seasons Greetings
Adele

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