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Day 3
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Rothenburg is the epitome of a picturesque medieval town. Filled with half-timber houses with a backdrop of towers and turrets, the city offers a taste of Germany's past. It swells with tourists in summer, but that's what happens when you're this good looking.
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  • Great Drive
  • Museums
  • Natural Beauty

Experiences

  • Explore the town within the walls, with a stop at the Herterich Fountains. Even the walls themselves can be trod upon via a wooden walkway.
  • The Doll and Toy Museum has 1,000 items, some more than 200 years old. There are also theaters and model shops for kids.
  • The Town Hall is half gothic (started in 1240) and half neoclassical (started in 1572). Look for the famed 6-pint Meistertrunk.

Festivals

  • The Meistertrunk Festival in late May celebrates the wager that saved the town during the Thirty Years' War, with townspeople in period costumes.
  • Rothenburg's Reichstadt-Festtage celebrates the city's freedom (gained in 1274) with reenactments in late September.

Side Trips

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