We're currently planning for our trip to Germany in early September. We've read a lot of comments about how Rothenburg is too "touristy" with all of the day trippers and tour busses, and that quite a bit of the town's commerce is set up to cater to those visitors.
But what about after day trippers have left? Is there any small town charm that remains? Or does it remain a largely tourist centered town and economy?
We are considering spending 2 nights in Rothenburg but are concerned that we may find it too commercialized.
With that said, in what towns might we find the same architectural charm, enough interest to keep our evenings occupied, and be able to visit nearby places? Or can Rothenburg be that place?
On a somewhat similar note, we have identified some towns that would appear to have that "architectural charm" and quaintness that we find appealing, and thought we might attempt to visit some of them as we travel, or visit as a day trip from which ever town we choose to spend 2 nights. We will arrive in Ludwigsburg by train and pick up our rental car the next day.
Our list of towns include:
the Altstadt in Bietigheim
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Realizing that we can't possibly see them all, the question I'll ask is this:
Are these towns going to be very similar in appearance, and if so, which of them should we add to a short list?
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.