Rothenburg ob der Tauber & Torture Museum

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a beautifully preserved medieval German town in Middle Franconia, Bavaria. This photo shoot was done in May 2009, on a brief trip through the city. It was cold and very rainy, with brief patches of sunshine before the water descended again. I didn't have much time, so this is basically a trip to the Medieval Justice Center (aka Torture Museum) and then back to the Wuerzburger Tor (gate on the road leading to Wuerzburg) where our hotel was.

My friend and I stayed at the Hotel Rappen. It was clean, with large modern rooms, and relatively inexpensive (with the Euro at USD1.40 nohthing is 'cheap'). The waiter at the hotel was pretty rude, but other than that it was a nice place. There are many places in the old town to stay, but if they're all booked, this was pleasant, and if your luggage is on wheels it's not a bad walk from the train station.

Also, straight down from the hotel inside the town walls (ca 200m) is a truly excellent pizza place. The Germans seem to love Italian food -- it's often easier to find pizza than sausage in a traditional German Kneipe (pub). This place was great. It looked like a hole in the wall tourist trap on the outside, but Stan was in the mood for pizza, so we went in. It was a tight squeeze through the narrow passageway but then the place opened up into the cellar and was actually quite large. It was absolutely packed with people, including many locals. I got the Pizza Diavolo (Devil's Pizza), with sharp salami and semi-hot peppers. I'm making myself hungry just describing it.

I'm going upstairs to make a pizza. Here're the pictures. Also, a good article on the history of Rothenburg can be found at Wikipedia (click here to view)..

Outside Wuerzburger Tor, Rothenburg
Outside Wuerzburger Tor, Rothenburg
Inside Wuerzburger Tor, Rothenburg
Inside Wuerzburger Tor, Rothenburg
Rothenburg Torture Museum Entrance
Rothenburg Torture Museum Entrance
Rothenburg Chair for Mother's in Law
Rothenburg Chair for Mother's in Law
Rothenburg The Rack
Rothenburg The Rack
Rothenburg Rack Redux
Rothenburg Rack Redux
Rothenburg Torture Protocol
Rothenburg Torture Protocol
Rothenburg Theorie of Torture
Rothenburg Theorie of Torture
Rothenburg Waterboarding
Rothenburg Waterboarding
Rothenburg Torture Devices
Rothenburg Torture Devices
Rothenburg Torture Devices
Rothenburg Torture Devices
Rothenburg Museum Cell Recreation
Rothenburg Museum Cell Recreation
Rothenburg Bone Crushing
Rothenburg Bone Crushing
Rothenburg Gambler's Punishment
Rothenburg Gambler's Punishment
Rothenburg Gambler Pillory Illustration
Rothenburg Gambler Pillory Illustration
Rothenburg Medieval Documents
Rothenburg Medieval Documents
Rothenburg Shaming Mask
Rothenburg Shaming Mask
Rothenburg Shaming Mask
Rothenburg Shaming Mask
German Imperial Class Ranking System
German Imperial Class Ranking System
>German Imperial Class Ranking System 2
>German Imperial Class Ranking System 2
Brandenburg AD 1513 Beer Tax Document
Brandenburg AD 1513 Beer Tax Document
Shame Mask
Shame Mask
Torture Restraints
Torture Restraints
Otto II AD937 Document
Otto II AD937 Document
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 1
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 1
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 2
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 2
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 3
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 3
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 4
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 4
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 4
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 4
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 5
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 5
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 6
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 6
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 7
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 7
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 8
Rothenburg Torture and Criminal Process Display 8
Female Trial By Combat
Female Trial By Combat
Female Justice in Lex Salica
Female Justice in Lex Salica
Rothenburg - Don't Owe *Him* Money
Rothenburg - Don't Owe *Him* Money
Rothenburg Chastity Belt
Rothenburg Chastity Belt
Rothenburg Rothenburg Chastity Belt 2
Rothenburg Rothenburg Chastity Belt 2
Rothenburg Bad Musician Punishment
Rothenburg Bad Musician Punishment
Rothenburg Bad Musician Punishment 2
Rothenburg Bad Musician Punishment 2
Nuremberg Iron Maiden
Nuremberg Iron Maiden
Nuernberg Maiden in Rothenburg
Nuernberg Maiden in Rothenburg
Nuernberg Maiden in Rothenburg
Nuernberg Maiden in Rothenburg
Rothenburg Iron Maiden Placard
Rothenburg Iron Maiden Placard
Rothenburg Pillory
Rothenburg Pillory
Rothenburg Drunk Tank
Rothenburg Drunk Tank
Rothenburg Torture Diorama
Rothenburg Torture Diorama
Rothenburg Pillories and Weights
Rothenburg Pillories and Weights
Rothenburg Horny Shame Mask
Rothenburg Horny Shame Mask
Rothenburg Shame Mask Symbols
Rothenburg Shame Mask Symbols
Rothenburg Goliath's Rosary
Rothenburg Goliath's Rosary
Rothenburg Rosenkranz Punishment
Rothenburg Rosenkranz Punishment
Rothenburg Executioner's Robe
Rothenburg Executioner's Robe
Rothenburg Torture List
Rothenburg Torture List
Rothenburg Breaking by the Wheel Torture
Rothenburg Breaking by the Wheel Torture
Rothenburg Wheel Torture
Rothenburg Wheel Torture
Rothenburg Dunking Torture
Rothenburg Dunking Torture
Rothenburg Pillory Cage
Rothenburg Pillory Cage
Rothenburg Torture Museum Exterior Entrance
Rothenburg Torture Museum Exterior Entrance
Rothenburg Torture Museum Courtyard
Rothenburg Torture Museum Courtyard
Rothenburg Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Stores
Rothenburg Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Stores
Rothenburg Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store Window
Rothenburg Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store Window
Rothenburg Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store Interior
Rothenburg Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store Interior
Rothenburg Square and Fountain
Rothenburg Square and Fountain
Rothenburg  Museum
Rothenburg Museum
Rothenburg Pretty Doorway
Rothenburg Pretty Doorway
Rothenburg St Jacobs Church
Rothenburg St Jacobs Church
Rothenburg St Jacobs Church
Rothenburg St Jacobs Church
Rothenburg Bakery
Rothenburg Bakery
Rothenburg House
Rothenburg House
Rothenburg Garden Doorway
Rothenburg Garden Doorway
Rothenburg City Garden
Rothenburg City Garden
Rothenburg City Museum
Rothenburg City Museum
Rothenburg Wine Bar
Rothenburg Wine Bar
Rothenburg Gate House
Rothenburg Gate House
Rothenburg Covered Wall
Rothenburg Covered Wall
Rothenburg Gate
Rothenburg Gate
Rothenburg Wall And Church
Rothenburg Wall And Church
Rothenburg St Wolfgang's Gothic Church
Rothenburg St Wolfgang's Gothic Church
Rothenburg Gate to the Moat
Rothenburg Gate to the Moat
Rothenburg Moat Left
Rothenburg Moat Left
Rothenburg Moat Right
Rothenburg Moat Right
Rothenburg St Wolfgang's Tower
Rothenburg St Wolfgang's Tower
Rothenburg Wall
Rothenburg Wall
Rothenburg Gatehouse Ascent
Rothenburg Gatehouse Ascent
Rothenburg Wall Walk
Rothenburg Wall Walk
Rothenburg Inside the Wall
Rothenburg Inside the Wall
Rothenburg Pizzeria Roma
Rothenburg Pizzeria Roma
Hotel Rappen in Rothenburg
Hotel Rappen in Rothenburg
Rothenburg Hotel Rappen
Rothenburg Hotel Rappen
Rothenburg Hotel Rappen Room
Rothenburg Hotel Rappen Room
Rothenburg Hotel Rappen View
Rothenburg Hotel Rappen View