The One with Christmas in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve!

Yesterday on Christmas Eve Eve (or Christmas Adam as I've heard it called, haha) we went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber to enjoy the Christmas market. (We went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber last September and checked out the town more in depth then.)

It's about an hour and 45 minute drive away and I passed the time by reading all about Naples and Pompeii - our next big adventure. We parked the car in lot P5 and made our way through the amazingly intact rampart walls.
Oh Rothenburg! How charming you are!
Jane and Fox in front of a large (and small!) door.
Window shopping at its finest.
HALF-TIMBERED LOVE!
Straight out of a fairytale.
Here we are in magical Rothenburg.
We were a little hungry so we popped into one of the many bakeries.
A sweet ol' German lady pointed out sweets to Fox and Jane. We bought a couple treats and went on our way.
The main market square.
I love how the buildings in Germany are painted so many different colors.
Chris wanted to go back inside St. Jakob's Church and see the amazing wooden altarpiece again.

Instantly brought the Christmas spirit into my heart.
Wow.
Upstairs is the glorious 500-year-old, 35-foot-high Altar of the Holy Blood. Tilman Riemenschneider, the Michelangelo of German woodcarvers, carved this from 1499-1504 to hold a precious rock-crystal capsule set in a cross that contains a scrap of tablecloth miraculously stained in the shape of a cross by a drop of communion wine.
By the time we were finished at the church the Christmas market was in full swing. First stop: the carousel.
When Fox chose to sit in a fish, of course Jane wanted to sit in a fish too!
Christmas markets in Germany. Sigh. All your senses are awakened and you get a sense of nostalgia, happiness, and merriment. From the hints of cinnamon and spices, the smell of warm loaves of bread, hot chocolate being passed around to keep people warm, Christmas lights and decorations in all directions, children's choirs and brass bands playing Christmas tunes - it all comes together to form a magic that puts a smile on everyone's face.
I got a nutella crepe and Jane literally ate half of it (that girl and chocolate!) and then we got a 1/2 meter-long Franconian feuerwurst
Too legit to quit.
Frohe Weihnachten = Merry Christmas!
Want something Christmas-y? I'm sure you can find it in one of the dozens of booths!
Käthe Wohlfahrt - the eternal Christmas store - is based in Rothenburg. 
There are two Käthe Wohlfahrt stores right across the street from each other.
Inside is a winter wonderland. 
I felt like I was at the North Pole in Santa Claus' workshop.
We meandered to the main market square.
Booths galore!
Perusing.
It was about 44 degrees and poor Janey's hands were icicles (Note to self: buy her some gloves) so we headed back the car.
A few more shots of my favorite buildings.
So glad I was able to get "the" view of Rothenburg - somehow I totally missed it last time!
Oh Germany. I love you!
Paige Taylor Evans © // Quinn Creatives DESIGN