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Germany's Fairy-Tale Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Plönlein is one of Rothenburg ob der Tauber's most popular picture-perfect locations that you should put on your bucket list to visit.  You can't come to Rothenburg without seeing The Plonlein, the classic picturesque medieval crossroads. 

The charming half-timbered house on a cobblestone street with the Siebersturm tower and city walls as a backdrop have delighted photographers for decades.

The word "Plönlein" comes from the Latin "planum," which means "flat square." Both gate towers were built in 1204 as part of the city's first expansion. The Kobolzeller Tower secured the Tauber Valley entrance to the town. The Siebers Tower, built of dressed quarry stones, protected the southern gate until it incorporated the Infirmary Quarter.

This view at the main entrance of Rothenburg is incredible, but if you want to enjoy the view  you have to get there before 9:00 am or after 5:00 pm since during the daytime the hordes of tourists and long queues of vehicles streaming through the main gate .

I would suggest exploring more of the area around "Das Plonlein" instead of wasting a reasonable amount of time trying to get a good picture of it.

There are incredible views of the village outside of Rothenburg where you can walk along vineyards and an old church (that you, unfortunately, can't get into). As a couple, I would suggest staying for just a day.

There is is an exclusive Lindt Shop (chocolate) right near this spot. There are all flavors from Lindt available here. There are fine jewelry and, dress shop, bakery etc down this street

'Untere Schmiedgasse '

If you want to beat the crowd, then do what we did. We arrived late afternoon after the tour buses left and saw it in the morning before they came. We never saw any crowds. 

 


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