Rothenburg ob der Tauber

   
Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an amazingly well-preserved medieval town.

Rothenburg city wall

The ancient fortification wall encircling Rothenburg is in tact and can be walked.

Rothenburg street scene

A busy street in Rothenburg, with a fortification gate at the end of the street

Horse carriage in Rothenburg

Cars must stay outside the original Rothenburg, but horse carriages are allowed.

Rothenburg in winter

Rothenburg in winter (vertical).

Rothenburg Christmas Market stalls

Rothenburg's mainChristmas Market is on the twon square.

Rothenburg Christmas Market on town square

Rothenburg's Town Hall dates from 1250.

Christmas store in Rothenburg

Käthe Wolfahrt, Rothenburg's famous Christmas store (vertical)

Nuremberg

   
Nuremberg Castle

Nuremberg Castle, once the seat of the Holy Roman Emoerors

Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg

Christkindlesmarkt, Germany's most famous Christmas Market

Seiffen

   
Seiffen winter scene

Seiffen is a toy manufacturing town in the Ore Mountains.

Folk art shopin Seiffen

Seiffen Pyramid House is one of the town's folk art workshops, offering ...

Folk art shopin Seiffen

... pyramids, candle arches, nutcrackers, and miniatures in various designs.

Candle arch in window, Seiffen

Traditional candle arch

Giant nutcracker, Seiffen

Giant nutcracker.  Most are actually reasonably small.

Store Santa figure, Seiffen

Store Santa.  Very patient.

Seiffen graveyard in winter

Steiffen after dark.

Prague

   
Prague Castle seen from a distance

The massive Prague Castle, the world's largest, is really a city within a city.

Prague Castle main gates

Prague Castle's main gates, with the 1614 Baroque Mattias Gate inside

Charles Bridge, Prague

The Charles Bridge across the Vitava River was built over 50 years from 1357.

Powder Gate, Prague

Powder Gate, guarding the gateway to Old Town, rebuilt beginning in 1475

Prague Astronomical Clock

The amazing Astronomical Clock on the Old Town City Hall, built from 1410 to 1490

Prague Christmas, daytime

Prague Christmas Market on the Old Town Square, Tyn Church in the background

Prague Christmas Market on Old Town Square

The Square gives the Market a unique and popular medieval atmosphere.

Prague Christmas Market scene

Crafts are on offer, along with tasty Czech foods and all manner of beverages.

Dresden

   
Dresden aerial view

Dresden straddles the Elbe River, and has been called the Florence of the Elbe.

Dresden baroque architecture

Dresden is known for its Baroque architecture, now inluding restorations.

Restyored Frauenkirche, Dresden

Reconstruction of the majesic Frauenkirche was completed in 2005.

Dresden Square

Dresden Square

Dresden Christmas Market, daytime

Dresden's Christmas Market, one of Germany's oldest, dates back to 1434.

Dresden Christmas Market at night

The Dresden Market is famous for its Stollen, a light airy fruitcake.

Weimar, Erfurt, and Eisenbach

   
Staues of Goethe and Schiller, Weimar

Enlightened Weimar was the home of German writers Goethe and Schiller.

Goethe House, Weimar

Goethe's house is now the main location of the Goethe-Nationalmuseum.

Erfurt skyline

Erfurt's old towm is one of the best-preserved medieval city centres in Germany.

Erfurt Christmas Market

Erfurt's Christmas Market features 200 wooden huts with gifts and tasty treats.

Wartburg Castle, Eisenach

Wartburg Castle on a cliff overlooking Eisenach dates from 1067.

Wartburg Castle architecture

Martin Luther translated the bible into German while hiding here in 1521-22.

Martin Luther's desk in Wartburg Castle

He completed the translation in just 10 weeks.  This was Luther's desk (vertical).

Frankfurt

   
Frankfurt am Main aerial view

Frankfurt am Main (on the Main River),tour origination and termination point

Main River traffic, Frankfurt

The Main River, a tributary of the Rhine, is a busy freight route..

Bank towers, Frankfurt

Frankfurt has emnerged as the major financial centre of the European continent.

Old Opera House, Frankfurt

The Old Opera House, destroyed in WW II, was rebuilt from 1976 to 1981.

Neuschwanstein from below

Römerberg square is the historic heart of Frankfurt's medieval Altstadt (old town).

Neuschwanstein from below

Römerberg has been the seat of Frankfurt's civic government since 1405..

Neuschwanstein from below

The origins of the Römerberg Christmas Market date back to 1393.

Lufthanse jet, Frankfurt Airport

Auf wiedersehen.