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Rothenburg ob der Tauber – does Germany get any better than this?

Yesterday I had the good fortune to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a well preserved walled mediaeval town on Germany’s Romantic Road. In summer, so I’m told, the town’s full of tour groups but in October, the crowds thin allowing you a little breathing space. And if you’re lucky, like I was, to be blessed with a beautifully sunny day, then it surely doesn’t get much better than this?

The most photographed spot in town: Plonlein

The most photographed spot in town: Plonlein and the Siebertor

Rothenberg's side streets are just as quaint

Rothenburg’s side streets are just as quaint

The Town Hall dates from 1250, Gothic style at the rear and Renaissance at the newer front of the building pictured here

The Town Hall dates from 1250, Gothic style at the rear and Renaissance style at the newer front of the building (as pictured here)

Dancers from an English visiting theatre company perform in front of the tourist office, housed in a former tavern

Dancers from a visiting English theatre company perform in front of the tourist office, housed in a former tavern

On a bakery wall

On a bakery wall

There's nothing delicate about the local delicacy, Schneebälle

There’s nothing delicate about the local delicacy, Schneebälle

Troughs and window boxes crammed with flowers can be found throughout the town

Troughs and window boxes crammed with flowers can be found throughout the town

Herrngasse looking back towards the market square

Herrngasse looking back towards the market square

Castle Gate featuring spectacular views across the Tauber Valley from the adjacent gardens

Burgtor featuring spectacular views across the Tauber Valley from the adjacent gardens

One of the old wooden gates

One of the old wooden gates

The bottom of Klingentor

The bottom of Klingentor

Autumn colours, viewed from the bottom of Klingenstrasse

Autumn colours, viewed from the bottom of Klingengasse

Mediaeval walls enclose the Old Town

Mediaeval walls enclose the Old Town

The view from the top of Rodertor

The view from the top of Rödertor

The Gatekeeper's Lodge as seen from the top of Rödertor

The Gatekeeper’s Lodge as seen from the top of Rödertor

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