Rothenburg, Germany

In 2013, I was able to retire (wow, time flies!) so we took a month-long trip to Germany and surrounding countries.  During one leg of that trip we visited Heidelberg, Munich and Rothenburg; all were great places to visit.  This period was way before the time my friend Deborah lured introduced me to the addictive world of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors blogs.  I knew I had some good stuff from Rothenburg so I searched my archives for some door photos and got a high off of revisiting that destination in my photos.  If you haven’t heard of or seen Rothenburg, Germany, it is well worth a visit there, especially for photographers; I’ll post  something this week to get your attention and maybe post other photos in the future.

Quoting from Wikipedia:

The name “Rothenburg ob der Tauber” means, in German, “Red fortress above the Tauber”. This is so because the town is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. As to the name “Rothenburg”, some say it comes from the German words rot (red) and burg (burgh, medieval fortified settlement), referring to the red colour of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. The name may also refer to the process of retting (“rotten” in German) flax for linen production.  I also learned that the name is pronounced like “root ten burg” while in Germany.

More details about the history of this ancient city can be found at this link:

This is the map at the entrance to the defensive walls (background) that surrounds the ancient medieval city.


They built a mezzanine level on the interior of the walls; you climb the wooden steps and move along the wall and can peer out (at the enemy) through small windows; but the mezzanine platform also puts you at eye-level with the rooftops of the city’s buildings.


One rooftop view of the interior city.


These are photos to the door (and windows) of one ancient building in the city (the second photo is a cropped, closer view that shows the wooden facade looks like a huge door but is a wooden wall and the door is in the wall).



I am ending the year here and will post more of this site in the future.  Wishing everyone a safe passage into the new year; Happy New Year!

Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his Thursday Doors blog.  For more blogs and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.


20 thoughts on “Rothenburg, Germany

  1. Oh, I nearly missed that door in the door completely! At one time or perhaps still I imagine that those huge doors opened to let in catapults or something HUGE.

    I’m looking forward to seeing more of this city from your viewfinder.

    I wish you and the Mrs. all the best that 2017 has to offer! Happy New Year Gordon! Hope to see you soon in the new year.

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  2. These are great German country doors! Heidelberg is actually still on my list. Hubby lived in Berlin for 3 years, and together for one year. At that time we didn’t do any photography. Do you know Traudel (also on Thurs. Doors), she is German and lives in Germany – she has posted some great German doors over the last year.
    Wishing you a great photography year in 2017!

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