As far as undiscovered towns go, Rothenburg ob der Tauber in the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, definitely doesn’t count. From early morning until sunset this well preserved medieval town is brimming with tourists. But an overnight stay is well worth the money, because when the day-trippers go home the restaurants once again reach a comfortable capacity, the photo opportunities become possible, and the town is yours to explore.

It was late in the evening when we stumbled across these “smiling” pretzels hanging in one of the small shop’s display window.

Pretzels in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
How could anyone resist a smiling pretzel? (Photo Credit: Heather Tucker)

The exact origin of the pretzel is a well debated topic, but since we are in Germany for this food postcard let’s go with the account that they were invented by German monks.

It is the lye pretzel that is popular in southern Germany. Eaten at almost any time of day and sold basically everywhere – from roadside service stations to local bakeries – the pretzel is easy to find. In Bavaria the pretzel has thick arms, a fat belly, and very little fat.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is part of the Romantic Road – a “theme route” devised by promotion-minded travel agents in the 1950s. It describes the 350 kilometres of motorway between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, specifically in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, linking a number of picturesque towns and castles. In medieval times it was a trade route that connected the center of Germany with the south. – Wikipedia

Whether you are enjoying a pretzel while exploring the medieval towers and walls, built in the 13th century, that are open to adventurous souls or before visiting the town hall with parts dating from 1250 (the rear Gothic part) and 1572 (the front Renaissance building), don’t leave Rothenburg ob der Tauber without eating one…or two…or…

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About Heather Tucker

Heather is a writer, photographer and explorer of the world with bylines in Archaeology Magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Taste & Travel, amongst others. She is addicted to pen, paper, hotels, organisation and hippos. In addition to Travel Gluttons, you can find her over at Cloggie Central.


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