Sunday, July 30, 2006

June 26, 2006

Day 5
Monday, June 26, 2006
Vogelweh to Rothenburg, Germany

View of Rothenburg ob der Tauber from the south gate
Today we woke up at the Vogelweh AFB lodging (which was a nice suite).  We were given a ride to the rental car location by a very nice American (Leonard Miller) who had been living all through Europe on his own for the past twenty years.  He was very friendly and talkative.  We picked up our rental car (an Opel Astra) and proceeded to drive the 4 hour drive from Vogelweh to Rothenburg.  We took our time, stopped at McDonalds for lunch and ate with the locals.  Our car is a stick shift and Mike is doing a good job driving it.  

We finally arrived at Rothenburg, which is a walled city on the Romantic Road, and found our hotel, the Hotel Gerberhaus.  We will be staying here for three nights.  For dinner tonight we ate at the Eisenhut Hotel.  The food was excellent as was the service and scenery.  We ate outside overlooking the beautiful garden.  Prior to dinner, Inge (our host at Hotel Gerberhaus) gave us a map and showed us a wonderful walk outside the walls of the city where you pass by parks and vineyards on the way back inside the walls.  We took this walk on our way to dinner.

Scenes from Rothenburg, Germany (walled city)

Our 3 night stay at Cafe Gerberhaus
View from our room
Patty relaxing in the biergarten

One of the entrances to the walled city
Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store

Night scene of Rothenburg town square

Vineyards outside of the walled city

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