We woke up in the morning and had an incredible German breakfast at a nearby cafe.
Then, we walked over to the must see Residenz. The Residenz is totally opulent, featuring beautiful rooms covered in gold leaf and mirrors, 3-D art and a massive fresco by Giovanni Tiepolo. It was breathtaking. I wish I could have taken photos inside, but alas, not allowed :-(
I only took a few photos from the entrance hallway, where the carriage would pull inside. On the ceiling above the stairwell was a massive mural of the 4 continents (!) America, Asia, Europe, and Africa with the 3-d art. And we could also take photos from the sunroom looking out on the garden, which is the other ceiling mural in the photos.
After the lavish and amazing Residenz, G. and I headed back to the hotel. We took one quick stop at St. Killian’s cathedral before check out. All of the Prince-Bishops of Wurzburg had sculptures of themselves made (The early “selfie,” I guess) and they are along the walls of the church. However, one of the Prince-Bishops sculpture was a little too realistic looking (he looks like he needs dentures and a cane) and the next Prince-Bishop asked for a not-quiet so realistic sculpture. After that, they get younger and younger looking. It made me laugh.
And onto Rothenberg ob der Tauber, a perfectly preserved medieval town! Best words to describe Rothenberg ob der Tauber? Cute, adorable, sweet, pretty, and incredibly touristy. I’m talking: Christmas shops, toy shops, and lots and lots of souvenir shops.
After walking around we climbed to the top of the town hall to get a view of the city:
With just a little bit of energy left we walked over to the Castle Gardens and viewed the Rhine Valley below us and a memorial to the Jews killed. As it turns out, this city has been killing Jews since 1298 (yup). We ended our evening with Night Watchmen’s tour, which was fabulous. He was so funny and we learned a lot about the history of the city.