Well today was a full day. We started out at 8:30 in the morning and did not get back until 5:30 this afternoon for the thing this morning to Rothenberg on der Tauber. This is one of the best examples of a walled city remaining in Germany. The wall is entirely complete, towers at all of the entrances, and inside of the walls, all the buildings are original buildings. Needless to say, this is a major tourist attraction on the Romantic Highway in Germany. We were shown a few of the major attractions the cathedral, the City Hall, and a few of the other buildings. We had about an hour and a half of free time. I walked the wall and got some good shots of the back of houses, skyline views, etc… The Christmas store and museum is really large and well worth it. An unbelievable number of ornaments, clocks, cuckoo, steins, and on and on. We, 31 of us on this excursion, had lunch in a restaurant consisting of wine, potato soup, mashed potatoes, bratwurst, and sauerkraut and apple strudel.
After the Rothenberg tour, we headed back to Wurzburg where the ship had docked. The other passengers had stayed with the boat and had a walking tour of Wurzburg. Most of us who went to Rothenberg then went on a tour of the Prince Bishops Residenz. Extraordinary building consisting of about 360 rooms. It was pretty well flattened in WW2. But has been, by and large, rebuilt. Part of it is used by the University of Wurzburg, most of the north wing is an art gallery. The south wing has been restored to what it was like and it is really spectacular, especially the gold mirror room. After the tour, we had some free time in the Residenz so I also went and saw the refurbished rooms in the north wing. Most of these were rooms for visiting dignitaries and they were rather ‘opulent’.
After the time here was up we did a very short tour of the city center and that was the end of the official tour for the day. Spent some time wandering around the city center, was warm today. Then back to the boat. Supper tonight was great in that’s had some really good deveined shrimp – they did cook them right! After this sat up for a while and read and then sacked for the day.
After breakfast, tour Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, instead, join an optional full-day journey along Germany’s picturesque “Romantic Road” to Rothenburg, with its turreted city wall and impressive Gothic and baroque architecture. Upon returning to Würzburg, you will also enjoy a tour of the Bishops’ Residenz. Before rejoining your ship for dinner.