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.
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.
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…