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  1. Oh, you’re making me miss ROthenburg so much now!   Kathe WOhlFahrt, SchneeBallen, the walls, everything.  I do agree that Kathe  WohlFahrt has some of the best decorations. Our family has had  a tin of wooden ornaments from them for almost 40 years and a few years ago my mom gave them to me.  They go on my tree every year.  And of course there are the two prints of the city streets that live in my dining room.  
    My most enduring Memory for RothenBurg was climbing one of the towers and being told very earnestly by a very concerned Japanese Tourist “Don’t Rook DOWN!”.   

  2. Lovely. My husband and I went there one spring and the city is completely different during spring than it is at Christmas time. We did visit Kathe Wohlfahrt in Berlin this trip, though. Luckily everything made it safely through TSA! I can’t imagine getting home to find all of your expensive ornaments were broken!

  3. Such a cute place to visit! The food looks amazing and the hotel is fit for a week long stay with the kitchenette etc.

  4. Your description of the watchman’s tour was pretty convincing! Hahaha, I end up feeling a little ripped off if I go to a place and only stay one night, like there was much more to see but I didn’t get to see it. #farawayfiles

  5. we went to Rothenburg in August and I posted on it last week, so I really enjoyed reading your post! I would love to go during the Christmas markets. My favorite part of the day there was walking the wall. we stayed in Nuremberg, so we missed the night watchman tour, which looks so fun. You found fabulous food, too!

  6. I’ve actually never heard of Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber… but it looks like a fun and quaint place to visit around the holidays especially! Also, I always love your hotel recommendations as they are so thoughtful and include photos. I’d def check out Hotel Klosterstuble if I was in the area 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I’m visiting Munich for 5 days, and plan to take a day trip to Rothenburg. It just looks so fascinating. The Night Watchman Tour is definitely on my list! Hopefully I am there long enough to take it. Oh, and the Schneeballen sounds like something I must try!! Can’t wait!

  8. Appreciate all the info you shared! We are planning a visit next April and I’m thinking 2 nights will be perfect. I originally planned for 3 but don’t want to run out of things to do. You mentioned shipping the ornaments back home, do most stores offer this as a service or would you arrange shipping on your own? I’m curious about the logistics and cost of this!

    1. Hi! April will be LOVELY in Rothenburg ob der Tauber! I’ve done both!! Honestly, I love when stores will do it because they know exactly how to pack everything and will typically insure it. However, if you’re going to do it on your own, I would do it through DHL. They are very thorough and have all the necessary packing materials!! Similar to the US, everything is based on weight and ornaments are quite light! It’s reasonable. The other thing I’ve done is have DHL pack everything like they would for shipping and then just check the box on the airline. (This works really well if you are a light packer or have airline status!)

  9. Hi Sara,

    I am so glad i found your website! You have lots of great ideas! I have been to Rothenburg but it has been years so i appreciate the restaurant suggestions. What is the best way to make reservations from the states? By phone? I did not see anyway to book dining reservations online.

    We will be doing a Christmas Market River cruise this December so i am excited to read the suggestions you have specifically on the Christmas Markets too.

    Thank you and I will share your site with others!


    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog! I’m so glad you found it helpful!

      Personally, I find it’s easiest to call and make reservations. I try to call at the start of lunch in Europe, as I find the restaurants are a little less busy and more likely to answer! 🙂

      Where are you headed on your river cruise in December?? That’s on my list of things I really want to do! I have a friend who did Amsterdam to Basel last year, and it just looked magical! Happy to provide any insight to any of the destinations!! I definitely recommend trying to get to the destinations earlier in the day, even if it means you have breakfast in town vs. on the boat. So many cities get so busy by mid afternoon. Better to take your break during that time. 😉

      Again, thanks for stopping by. Please let me know if you have any other questions I can help answer!

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