If one wants to make pictures of this attraction one must be there at sunrise (app. 6 in the morning) or very late when tourists have already left. It is a very crowded and busy place and during daytime hundreds of tourists will be seen on your pix as well. The Burgtor (Castle Gate, circa 1356) leads from the chapel and garden into Rothenburg Town. It features two round guard houses (16 century), a mask through which Rothenburg defenders would pour hot tar on enemies, and the eye-of-the-needle door within a door. The Castle as a nucleus of the city remained while not posterity, superior Tower and the romantic castle garden but the Castle gate with everything. From the mountain switch a fantastic view over the Tauber Valley and the city that was built up on the slopes opens up. The castle was well protected from enemies but not against the forces of nature. The earthquake of 1356 largely destroyed the Castle buildings and nature-wall. Until today, no one knows what the site looked exactly. For such elaborate exgravations would be required. What has remained is the Castle gate from 12. Century with the highest and oldest Gate Tower of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and the adjacent massive castle wall. As natural protection to the inland there had been a ditch and the castle grounds could only be entered via a drawbridge. The bridge Raceway grooves are still visible at the tower. After it was clear that the collapsed Castle coud not be recovered citizens received by Emperor Charles IV. Permission to use the stones for the construction of urban buildings.
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