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Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber (literally, "red castle on the Tauber") is the kind of medieval town that even Walt Disney might have thought too picturesque to be true, with half-timber architecture galore and a wealth of fountains and flowers against a backdrop of towers and turrets. As late as the 17th century, it was a small but thriving market town that had grown up around the ruins of two 12th-century churches destroyed by an earthquake. Then it was laid low economically by the havoc of the Thirty Years' War, and with its economic base devastated, the town slumbered until modern tourism rediscovered it. It's undoubtedly something of a tourist trap, but genuine enough for all the hype.
Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber at a Glance
- Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum (Medieval Criminal Museum)
- Puppen und Spielzeugmuseum (Doll and Toy Museum)
- Reichsstadtmuseum (Imperial City Museum)
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