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.


  1. AWESOME Anne-Marie! That's funny that you saw the same Watchmen tour man from your honeymoon! Now that's a great way to bring back those honeymoon memories :) Your trip looks like so much fun, I'm trip "envy"! I know your family was loving every minute of the trip! Thanks for sharing the photos with us! I'm taking part in the Friday blog hop today and I thought I would hop on over to your blog to say Hi! I clicked a vote for you today too!
    Have a good weekend!

  2. Thanks Tracy, as a family we love to travel and have been blessed to be able to do so. I have a few more post to do on our Trip.

  3. Looks like so much fun!
    Following from bloghop...would love to have you follow back!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Marbel and the Fritz family. @Fritz family I will check out your blog soon!

  5. Good morning Anna-Marie! It's 8:30 AM on Saturday, 9/11 where I am and I was just stopping in to say Hi. I clicked a vote for you today and hope you have a great weekend!