Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl, & Sinsheim (August 30-31, 2014)

So many places to see, and less than a year left in Germany! We are determined to take advantage of the 4-day weekends throughout this next year.

Saturday
After a later-than-planned start, we were on the road to Rothenburg, which is about 2 hours away. It was an absolutely gorgeous day with perfect temperatures. No chill, not too warm. We parked just outside the city walls and walked into the medieval city. After picking up a map, we ventured out to see a few sights: a beautiful overlook, a church, and the Rathaus.

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Connor had finally fallen asleep for a late nap. We noticed there was a tower above the Rathaus, so we decided to climb to the top for a view of the city (and continue my streak of climbing church towers while carrying Connor!). After walking most of the way up, it got to a point where it was just too narrow and steep for me to go any further with Connor. Charlie went all the way up and took pictures while Connor and I people-watched in the town square. Well, I people-watched while Connor continued to look at the back of his eyelids.

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Views from the top of the bell tower

Once Charlie came back down, we found a quick snack (a Schneeball…a disappointingly dry regional specialty that was sort of like a funnel-cake-ball). We walked into Käthe Wohlfahrt, the huge Christmas store. We have one of those stores in our BX, but it certainly felt more authentic to be inside the Rothenburg store! Connor woke up and enjoyed looking at the nutcrackers, and once we went outside, he couldn’t get enough of the “Christmas truck” parked in front of the store!

The original plan was to spend the whole afternoon in Rothenburg, then drive to our hotel in Dinkelsbühl and see that city the next day. However, the weather was so amazing that day and the forecast was so awful for the next day that we decided to go ahead and see as much as we could of Dinkelsbühl while we had the chance. On our walk back to the car, we found a playground and relaxed for a little bit.

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After a half-hour drive, we arrived at our hotel in Dinkelsbühl. It was old and charming, and right in the center of the town. It was already late in the afternoon, but we took advantage of the beautiful weather and took our own mini walking tour. Charlie navigated us around the outskirts of Dinkelsbühl, stopping to admire the gates and towers of the surrounding wall. After walking along the wall halfway around the city, we walked back towards the center and had a late dinner. Our meals were good, but nothing too spectacular, especially considering we were finally in the Bavarian region for the first time.

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Sunday
After breakfast at the hotel, Charlie ran across the street (in the rain) to see if the church’s bell tower was open for us to climb. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open until 2:00pm. We checked out of the hotel and hopped into the car for a rainy drive to Sinsheim. When I say “rainy,” I actually mean it was POURING for a while. Sinsheim was on the way home, and a little over an hour from our hotel in Dinkelsbühl. We visited the Technik Museum, which was full of cars, airplanes, tractors, tanks, a huge bulldozer, a mini-monster truck to sit in, and more. Connor loved it! We had already been to its partner museum in Speyer twice, but this one had some displays we hadn’t seen before, like two Concorde jets that we were able to climb into. We all climbed through the first one, but Connor and I decided to wait at the bottom while Charlie went into the second one. It was too narrow inside and set at such a steep angle. While Charlie was in the Concorde, Connor and I admired the Huey helicopter display. I told him that Granddad used to fly that kind of helicopter, and he wanted to know where Grandma sat!

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Concordes

It was time to drive home (a little over an hour), and Connor settled into a nap. Before he fell asleep, we asked him what his favorite part of the museum was. His answer? “Mommy, Daddy, and Connor.” We assume he means that he loved being together as a family :).

Stay tuned for our October adventures: a short trip to Tuscany for Connor and me, and a family 3-day weekend to Bonn and Koblenz.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Marilyn Mraz
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 21:36:47

    I’m so glad you guys are taking these beautiful mini vacations…you are seeing so much and making so many memories. This sounded like a wonderful weekend.

    Reply

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