|Today we visited the Residenz in Wurzburg. It was the palace of the Price Bishops and was beautiful with the painted ceilings stucco decorations. Some time the stucco and painting melded together to give a 3D realistic feeling to the works. We toured through the rooms of one wing and as you went from room to room they became grander and grander. The final room had 2kg of gilding and was really a jaw dropper. We also got to see the servant’s hallways behind the main rooms.
The gardens were nice but this is not the time of year for gardens they are mostly being readied for winter with most having the spring bulbs planted with pansies planted on top. We then went on a walking tour of Wurzburg, where we saw even more churches. Wurzburg has trams running through the city which was a little frustrating for Al as she could not get a clear shot of the churches without the overhead line in the picture. We also did a little shopping before we headed back to the ship. Al decided she needed a Pandora bracelet and they seem a bit cheaper over here. So kids there is something we can buy her. I’m referring to it as her first Pandora bracelet.
Then lunch on the ship then off to Rothenburg. You would think by now that all the old walled cities are much the same and we were starting to feel that ourselves. Rothenburg changed this it is a real medieval town with all the buildings and walls intact. So this town really gives a good idea of how all the other towns would have looked. You could still see where the drawbridge was and the portal through which they poured the boiling oil on the invaders. The massive original door inside the gate had the year 1555 carved into it.
Rothenburg also has the largest Kathe Wahlfarht (Christmas shop) and we had to walk through that. All also found some bargains in the surrounding shops, competition is a good thing. Rothenburg has a local pastry “treat” called a snowball. A large ball of pastry that is deep fried in a spherical container and then sprinkled with various coatings. Our guide advised us against them as he did not think they were very nice, so Al had to at least try it. It appears he was correct. Long bus trip back to the ship past wind farms and vineyards was a welcome rest for the feet.