Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s well-earned reputation as one of the most scenic and beautiful towns along Bavaria’s famed Romantic Road means that most tourists do not need a special excuse to include this town on their itineraries. However, as you can imagine, Christmas is a special time of year even in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and if your schedule will accommodate it, memories of a visit to the Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market will stay with you for many years to come. Between November 29 and December 23, 2013, the Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market will be open daily to help you plan your gifts for this year’s holiday season.
As with everything else in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the Christmas market has a long history, and it is one of the oldest markets in all of Germany. It has been a feature in the town’s life since the 15th century, and according to lore, today’s market has changed very little from the ones held in the past. Various cultural events are linked to the Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market, most notably the appearance of the “Rothenburg Rider,” who has today become a friendly messenger bringing gifts to all the people of the world (like Father Christmas) but who the Teutons long ago believed was a messenger from another world, who floated through the heavens with the spirits of the dead. This rider continues to “appear” at the Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market and at the children’s candlelight procession. Be sure to check out the painting of the Rothenburg Rider on the façade of the Town Hall, and if you time your visit on a Friday or a Saturday, take the time to climb up the town hall tower for a remarkable view of the Christmas market.
The Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market takes place in the Reiterlesmarkt (Riders’ Square) between the Town Hall and the church. After you are done taking in the sights and tastes (don’t forget to sample the “white” mulled wine!) of the Christmas market, explore other parts of Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s legendary cityscape, including its huge stone walls with 42 towers along their length, its winding cobblestone alleys and lanes, and its numerous half-timbered houses.
For the 2013 Advent season, the Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market’s hours of operation are: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
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