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Bill and Jude's Excellent Adventure Garmisch to Rothenburg

All righty... so we said good bye to our little Audi rental car that morning, and turned it in at the Auto Europe location in Garmisch, directly across from the train station. We made sure to fill the tank the night before, and for all the ground we covered, (approx. 1000 KM) it only cost us 60 Euro to fill up. You can't beat that... Everything was handled very efficiently at the Auto Europe desk, and we were on our way in no time. If I could say one thing about renting a car, it would be to ABSOLUTELY get the GPS. If we wouldn't have had it, we would still be going around in circles today, looking for our first stop. It never once steered us in the wrong direction. Upon pick up the week prior in Rosenheim, we had them show us how to use it, and we also had them switch it to English. Best decision EVER.

We got something to eat at the train station and then we were off to Rothenburg. We were connecting through Munich and after a couple of stops, about a half dozen guys in lederhosen got on, and crammed themselves, and their wooden benches, into our car. They were headed to Oktoberfest. Of course I had to strike up a conversation with them, they just fascinated me. We were packed in there so tightly, one of them was practically on my lap. I was loving life. I kept on telling my husband, we need to get you some of those lederhosen! Lol.

A few changes later, and we were in Rothenburg. I see what people mean when they say it's out of the way and inconvenient to get to, but we weren't going to let that stop us. We both wanted to see it for ourselves. And I gotta say... it did not disappoint. It was maybe a 20 minute walk from the train to our pension. We were staying inside the walls, at Pension Elke. I didn't realize it was an RS pick, till after I booked it. I guess it's a father-son operation, but we only ever saw the son. He checked us in and out, showed us to our room, etc. Cute room... our view was a bunch of red tiled rooftops. Drop the bags, and we were out of there. We checked out a few shops, wandered around, then had a quick outdoor meal at Kapadokya Doner, right down the street from our pension.

Then... it was time for the Nightwatchman's Tour. There had to be a minimum of 100 people, no exaggeration. We weren't that close to him and had a hard time hearing. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more in a smaller group. After the tour, we wandered and checked out what we could, until our feet told us it was time for bed. Back to the pension... I found it strange that there was no hand soap in the bathroom, especially since they had a store directly underneath.

The next day-- you guessed it, Crime and Punishment museum, and of course that gorgeous wooden carved altarpiece in St. Jacob's church. I couldn't leave without seeing that. And it was even more impressive in person. I am not religious in the least, but I just couldn't get enough of the churches everywhere. St. Jacob's sure was something else. We also totally enjoyed the Crime and Punishment museum. There were people in there that were just horrified and some that were just fascinated. Guess which camp we were in.

I practically had to drag my husband out of there, if we were going to see any more in town. We briefly looked in the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop, but it really wasn't for us. We much more enjoyed a shop called Die Waffenkammer. Swords, daggers, shields, bows, armor, etc. Sure-- touristy replicated trinkets, but fun nonetheless. We bought and shipped our final 2 steins from there.

Before too long, it was time to get moving again. We only had an overnight and part of one day in Rothenburg, before we had to catch the train to Boppard on the Rhine River. Five nights of fun awaited us there, so we picked up our bags at the pension, (they were kind enough to hold them for us) and made our way to the train station to catch our train to lovely Boppard.

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Judy,
Enjoying your reports, what a wonderful trip you had! I have wanted to see Rothenburg for ages now, to take in just the sights you write about. I'm looking forward to reading about your Rhine adventure.
Btw, some of my friends call me Jude, too.

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Judy, my takeaway from this installment is your husband is too
preoccupied with crime.... and punishment! Oh, and perhaps change the
title of your report to.. my trip of travel cliche’s.

Judy , I'm sorry you had to see such a .... judgemental post. I hope you can ignore it. I've really been enjoying all of your trip installments and am so happy that you had such an enjoyable journey. Your enthusiasm is infectious ( to some of us at least). Can't wait to read about your Rhine Adventure.

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Judy, keep it coming! We're enjoying your lively and lovingly crafted reports so much. It is obvious that you two had a wonderful time. Thank you.

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Travel cliches are that for a reason-lots of people have enjoyed them!

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I have really enjoyed your trip report! It is making me want to go back to Germany. Thanks for sharing!

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I am also loving your reports - I look forward to each new installment. Its obvious you planned the trip you wanted to take and enjoyed every minute. We are planning a similar trip next fall including 5 days near the Rhine so looking forward to those reports too.

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I’m loving this and keeping all your reports bookmarked for future reference. You travel very much the way I like to. Looking forward to “our” trip on the Rhine😉.

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Well thank you all for the encouraging words... I swear, I left out as much as I included! There is only so much space. I definitely forgot to include the breakfast room in Pension Elke... all the others were on the ground floor, but not this one. We went up a steep set of stairs to the attic and what a treat. Sloped ceiling and all. Maybe the prettiest buffet. And the hoardes of Japanese tourists that other posters speak of, was spot on. If I didn't hate selfie sticks prior to this trip, I hate them now!! Lol. I might actually have to do a final post with all the little things, like what worked, our observations, etc. I think keeping our expectations in check was a biggie for sure.

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Judy, your trip reports remind me our trip a few summers ago to Germany. Took almost the same route. We too loved the crime and punishment museum, was fascinated by the way society operated. We spent quite a few hours there. Agree with renting the car, the GOS, in English, is a life saver. Can't wait to read your next installment.

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So really the only downside for this day was the too-big crowd with the Nightwatchman? I thought I had read somewhere that he had a helper and divided the crowd? Perhaps not?

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Nigel... no helper and no crowd dividing. At least not on this night. I kept on thinking, if only he had some sort of portable microphone or something.... he didn't have one of those loud booming voices and it was pretty hard to catch everything he said. Add to that, the ones who were paying no attention, and talking among themselves. Sigh......

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Judy, when we were there in 2011, the crowd was huge, but we had been advised by our guide to get as close to the Watchman as we could. It definitely helped.

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Judy - another excellent installment! Too bad about the night watchman:(. We haven't been to Rothenberg in summer since 2012 and then it wasn't too bad. I've never had a crowd that big. Usually most day trippers have left by then. Last time we were there was in 2014 for the Christmas market which I really enjoyed! One of my favorites!

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Hey Judy,

We were in Rothenburg in October 2007. There were maybe 20 of is for the Nightwatchman Tour. We bought his dvd after we got home.

Paul