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"Travel Blog: Germany's Castle Road Christmas Markets (And Yarn, Of Course!)"
Author:  planetpurl
Christmas, yarn, mulled wine, yarn, grilled sausages, yarn, gingerbread, yarn, marzipan and more yarn. The best vacation ever!
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If It Looks Like Christmas, This Must Be Rothenburg! [Back to Blog]


Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the town that time forgot.  One of the few remaining walled cities in Europe, it stands at the crossroads of the Castle Road and the Romantic Road.  It’s also the home of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas store – Kaethe Wolfahrt.  Actually, it’s more than a store as it occupies countless buildings in Rothenburg.  If you’re lucky enough to book a room at the historic Hotel Eisenhut, you’ll be next door and across the street from the two largest Wohlfahrt buildings, and right in the center of all the outdoor Christmas market action.

It’s hard to describe Rothenburg at Christmas time.  Words like romantic, magical, fairytale come to mind, but fall seriously short.  It’s just unlike anywhere on Earth.  We stayed for three nights and I was so sad to leave.  In a perfect world, I’d live there the entire month of December.  So I hope you enjoy (and forgive) the number of photos in this post – it’s my love letter to Rothenburg.


Yarn, Of Course!

You know this is a great town when there's a yarn booth in the open air Christmas market, right?  Lots of sock wool and novelty yarns for fluffy scarves.  Perfect for Christmas gift knitting.  And in conveniently close proximity to mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread cookies and grilled sausage.  With the light flurry of snow and we had a perfect Rothenburg evening.

If you can tear yourself away from Kathe Wohlfahrt to do a little yarn shopping, I spotted two options in the Old Town while strolling with Mr. PurlQueen.  But honestly, I was so overcome by being in Rothenburg at Christmas time, that other than some more sock yarn at the little booth in the Christmas market, I spent all my time (and money) buying Christmas goodies for family and friends (and plenty for myself, too).  I didn't go in these shops, so if you go, you'll have plenty to report back to Planet Purl!


This shop was closed when I spotted it on a Monday, so I didn't get a chance to go in and check out the stock.  I did press my face to the window and the shop was surprisingly large.  Lots of yarn and notions in attractive displays.  I spotted  some ads for Schachenmayr yarns and a ton of sock yarns as well, so I'd bet this shop is a great source if you're looking for German yarns.  Good thing it was closed or I suspect I would have been sorely tempted and I already had shipped back crates of Christmas goodies.

Spitalgasse is easy to find - it runs straight to the the Spital Tor - one of the towers on the wall. 

Spitalgasse 31
D-91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber


 Fritz Uhl

Fritz Uhl is a sewing and needlework shop in the Old Town.  I accidentally ran into it the last night in Rothenburg while out exploring after dinner.  It was closed, but then it was probably for the best.  Shopping for yarn after a couple of mugs of mulled wine with two American Express cards in your wallet can be dangerous.

The store was good sized, with lots of sewing stuff, and a nice display of knitting supplies.

Fritz Uhl
Hafengasse 14
Rothenburg od T.

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