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Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Markets 2017
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
25.11. – 23.12.2016
Market Square, Church Square, Rothenburg ob der Tauer
Sunday to Thursday: from 11.00 am to 07.00 pm
Friday & Saturday: from 11.00 am to 08.00 pm
Once a year the medieval town of Rothenburg transforms itself into a fairytale winter wonderland. Ever since the 15th century the festive time prior to Christmas (Advent) has been accompanied by a delightful Christmas market. Looking back on over 500 years of tradition little has changed over the years and the historical customs have been closely followed. Many cultural events take place throughout the duration of the Christmas market. The height of the event however is the arrival of the “Rothenburger Reiterle” (Rothenburg Horseman) which also gave the market its name. The “Reiterle´s” (horseman´s) historical origin however stems from dark times long past. Our ancestors were under the believe that he was a descendant of another world who during the winter months glided through the skies with the souls of people past. Throughout the centuries however the horseman´s image changed from a ferocious character people feared and dreaded to a warmly welcomed ambassador of the Christmas season who is now loved by young and old alike. Holding true to traditions the narrow winding streets and picturesque squares around the town hall and its archways are lined with wooden booths, appropriately decorated for the Christmas season. Everything your heart desires can be found at this charming market, may it be the traditional Christmas cookies and pastries or the “Weißer Glühwein” (white mulled wine, indicative to the area). Gadgets and treasures as well as lovingly crafted Christmas decoration can be found in a variety of booths and are sure to serve as a token of appreciation for loved ones at home as well as a welcomed reminder of your
time spent in Rothenburg. The “Reiterlesmarkt” has grown over centuries and has become a true symbol of a romantic and idyllic Rothenburg Christmas which is also enhanced by the festively decorated city that surrounds it.
Once in a year, the beautiful medieval town of Rothenburg turns into a winter landscape. From the XV century to nowadays, the wonderful Christmas Market in Rothenburg represented a steady event of Christmas festivity, which can count on a 500 years history and an almost untouched tradition ever since then. There are numerous cultural events taking place on the days of the market; the highlight, however, remains the “Rothenburger Reiterle“, which also gave its name to the eponymous market.
The historic tradition of the “Reiterle” (Knight) is a very old one. Our ancestors believed that knights were messengers coming from an other world, who sailed across the winter sky with the souls of the dead. But the image of this mythcal character changed over the centuries: where once people used to tremble in fear before this eerie figure, today, young and old look forward to his return. The wild horseman has become a friendly messenger. Still today, the narrow steep lanes around the town hall, its arches and the market are aligned with stalls full of every sort of goods: from traditional German cakes to warm white wine, gifts, souvenirs and craftsmanship. On firday and saturday after 08.00 one can enjoy the stunning view over the Reiterlesmarkt “ from the top of the town hall tower, or listen to the “call of the night watchman“.
Rothenburg “Reiterlesmarkt” is today the symbol of a Peace Christmas Market, whereas the decorations of the town during Christmas contribute to its romantic look.
Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburgtransforms itself into a winter wonderland. Since the 15th century, a wonderful Christ mas market has always been a feature of the festive Christmas season. This market can look back on a 500-year tradition, and since this time it has wisely changed very little from its historical origins.
Numerous cultural events are held in conjunction with this market. The highlight of the market, however, is the appearance of the “Rothenburger Reiterle”, who also gave this market its name. The historical origin of the “Reiterle” (rider) comes to us from the dim and distant past.
Our ancestors believed that there were messengers from another world, who floated in wintertime through the skies with the souls of the dead.
But the image of this mythical character has changed over the centuries.
Whereas one used to tremble in fear before this eerie figure, today, young and old look forward to his return. The wild horseman has become a friendly messenger.
Today too, the narrow and winding streets and the squares around the Town Hall, its archways and the Market-Square are still lined with stalls where one can find everything the heart and taste buds desire: old German Christmas pastries, “white” mulled wine, large or small handcrafted treasures as souvenirs or gifts. On Fridays and Saturdays until 8 pm you can enjoy the marvellous view over the ‘Reiterlesmarkt’ from the Town Hall tower.
And so the Rothenburg “Reiterlesmarkt” is today the symbol of a peaceful Christmas market as it has grown over centuries, and the city´s decorations for the Christmas holidays lends it a truly romantic character.