We spent Saturday wandering around Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval town surrounded by a massive stone wall. We'd been warned that the crowds are typically very large and that Rothenburg can take on the illusion of being a make-believe medieval village along the lines of an amusement park rather than a real town that has been preserved. We found neither myth to be true.
There were crowds, but not swarms of people like we expected. We also wandered off the main drag of shops and were very well aware that people actually live in Rothenburg. Their houses and apartments were incredibly quaint and we thought it might be nice to live there. Or maybe not. Can a tourist town ever really feel like it's your own?
A montage of pictures is featured here. Similar to my experience on the Great Wall of China, I found that every time I put my camera down and looked up again, I was charmed all over and took another picture. It was just so beautiful.