April 30, 2007 Rothenburg ob der Tauber/Reutte, Austria
After our usual breakfast of yogurt, fruit, cheese, meats, boiled eggs and coffee, we walked the city wall.
The town's heyday was 1150-1400, when it was on the trade route between northern and southern Europe. We had great views of the surrounding countryside from the wall. We explored some of the shops, including the famed Kathe Wohlfart Christmas Village shop.
Who could resist such a specimen?As we passed the Kriminal Museum, my husband and daughter decided we couldn't pass it up. As it turned out, it was fascinating. I loved the penalties of shame. People guilty of a particular crime would have to put on the appropriate mask and stand in the town square where people could throw things and yell at you. I'm so glad I didn't live in that era, as I most undoubtedly would have been sporting a number of these masks.
Mask of shame for women who gossip and are nosy.
For men who act like swine.
Flute of shame for bad musicians.
Rothenburg is a bit touristy, but still fun. I would definitely go back.
It was time to head to Reutte. We opted for the autobahn instead of the Romantic Road as it was already mid-afternoon.
Heading to dinner in Reutte.As we were checking into our hotel, we noticed the owner putting wood into a chamber outside our room. We later learned that the government there regulates when you can run your furnaces, and by a certain date, you have to turn them off, no matter how cold it is. So, we had a ceramic structure in our room that was built around the fire chamber. As the tiles got hot, they gave off heat into the room. Pretty nifty.