Romantic Road Tour – D3 / a chilly walk to Rothenburg ~

Today we woke up to snow in Wurzburg .

At least we thought it was snow. It might just have been thick frost everywhere. Whatever it was, it caked the van, and took about 20 minutes to get it off the front windscreen!


We drove out of town about 45 kms south along the Romantic Road to a small village, where I parked, then we headed off to walk the rest of the way into Rothenburg, a stretch of about 12kms.

It was chilly – about minus 3C – but it was breathtakingly beautiful. Later we would all agree that it was one of the most memorable walks any of us had ever done.


We didn’t see one other walker, and only one or two cars on a walk that would take us nearly four hours, what with stopping to  take photos, or to simply marvel at just how damn beautiful it was…

leaves three-figures-on-road shack

frozen-pond frozen-road

The cold didn’t bother us at all. We had a great time…


After a while we dropped down into a valley where it was warmer, passing a magnificent Bavarian country manor house –


Then we climbed up again and walked into Rothenburg, into the Christmas Markets…


Ken and I took a cab back to the village to retrieve the van, then we all had dinner at a gorgeous Bavarian tavern. One of our group had a half roast duck – I would have liked to have seen the whole duck because the half was HUGE…


And over dinner we high-fived to a remarkable day’s walking along a frozen Romantic Road.


10 thoughts on “Romantic Road Tour – D3 / a chilly walk to Rothenburg ~

  1. Wow, wow, wow. What beautiful countryside you are walking through. I love the picture of the first tree. All the pics are gorgeous. You appear to be having a wonderful tour!
    Hugs to you all.


  2. OMG Bill, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the winter, I actually think it is my favorite season! I awakened to snow this morning here in New Jersey and was thrilled but. I can’t imagine how beautiful it must be to be able to walk through it. Gosh, am I envious!


    • Hey Arlene, I’m sure snow where you are is beautiful too, but I have to say walking through this part of the world at Christmas, and arriving into a town that looks like it’s straight out of a Disney Fantasyland movie, is something quite wonderful.

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  3. AWW… now you’ve made me miss REAL winter… So, collectively, you need to enjoy this trip even more, just to make up for the rest of us, virtually, sucking these experiences out of your consciousness … getting deep here, but luckily I know what I mean 🙂


  4. Gorgeous photos Bill – those snowy landscapes with their limited colour palette – so beautiful. Enjoy the walking, the shopping, the eating, and yes, the drinking (so necessary to warm up with a delicious adult beverage of the spirits kind after those frosty walks!) too!
    Prost !!!


    • Aren’t those muted colours beautiful Jenny? We have more walking days coming up, and I hope those are as beautiful. And yes, the hearty food is necessary for this climate!


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