Thursday, 9 September 2010
The Night Watchman Tour -- Germany
When my husband and I married 11 years ago we honeymooned in Germany. We arrived in Frankfurt and did a driving tour around Germany. One of the places we visited was Rothenburg. We loved it so much we wanted to go again and this trip presented a great opportunity to visit again with our children. One of the things we did in Rothenburg during our honeymoon was the Night Watchmen tour and we remember it well. So when we arrived with our children we were excited to see it was still happening today and by the same gentleman no less. He said he had been doing this tour for 20 years.
The tour program was an hour long and we walked thru the city at dark and the Night Watchman told many amazing stories. Rothenburg was one of largest medieval Germany. Hard times fell on the town after the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and it remained a poor town and left virtually intact hundreds of years later. It is now a booming tourist town (which normally we avoid) but I highly recommend visiting should you ever get the chance.
After the tour we stumbled on a Living History parade and fire works at city hall.
Most of the commentary was in German but occasionally we would hear English and from what we can gather is this is a yearly gathering of Living History participants from the early 1200's until the Victorian era It was fantastic to see all the different costumes and try to guess what time frame it represented.
The evening was topped off with Fire works and the kids loved it. We limped back to our Hotel around midnight. I am so glad we went again. I love Rothenburg as much this visit as I did the first time we came.