After looking around Nagold, we moved on to Rottweil, the oldest town in Baden-Württemberg. How old exactly? Well, it was founded by the Romans in AD 73. The town is famous for its medieval centre and one other thing. Can you guess what that other thing is?
I’ll give you a hint shall I…
Yes, it’s the Rottweiler breed of dog! It seems this kind of dog first became popular here then spread throughout the world. Rottweiler just means “of Rottweil” (in the same way that Berliner means “of Berlin… remember that speech?). Here are some more Rottweilers:
Sadly, I didn’t see a real one. Jan did, but it had disappeared around the corner before I could look.
One of the first things we came across after parking the car was the cathedral, or Minster (I’m not 100% sure of the difference.. if there is one?), so we decided to go in and have a look.
At one end of the cathedral, they had all these… staffs, I guess(?) for the various guilds, which I thought were pretty cool.
Sorry the photo isn’t the best… they were behind bars and I was afraid I’d drop my camera down the other side if I held it in there for too long!
On leaving the cathedral, we followed the signs for the centre. It turns out Rottweil used to be have an alliance with the Swiss Confederacy, which would explain why we saw a lot of things like this:
Here’s the Schwarzer Tor (Black Gate). It used to serve as the women’s prison.
And this is the view you get when you look through it:
Rottweil is a fairly small town, but it’s beautiful! I don’t think I saw a single building in the town centre that didn’t have something that made it worth photographing… be it cute wooden shutters, a gorgeous display of flowers, an interesting old sign or some kind of decoration/painting. Here are some photos to show you what I mean:
After walking around for a while, we went to the Dominikaner Museum, which is included on our museum cards. They had an interesting exhibition about Roman Rottweil, including a Roman mosaic of the legend of Orpheus.
By the time we left the museum, we were hungry so we went in search of food. Jan suggested the Indian restaurant we had passed earlier in the day – Taj Mahal. It turned out to be the worst decision we’ve ever made. The service was slow, despite the restaurant being nearly empty and my curry tasted so sour that I couldn’t finish it, despite having not had lunch. So if you find yourself in Rottweil, don’t bother going to Taj Mahal!!
The town itself is definitely worth a look at though.
19 thoughts on “Rottweil”
WHHHAAATTT?!?!?! You were 20 mins from me and didn’t tell me?!?!?! Well I never!! 🙂
I had no idea you were only 20 minutes away from Rottweil.
We actually went at the end of June (it’s just taken me this long to post)… I think you may still have been in the US, or just returned at least.
Ah yes, then thats ok. I was just coming home probably. You are forgiven. 🙂
Lovely pics 🙂
The Taj Mahal in Rottweil… that just sounds so wrong!! 😉
I’ve just thought… maybe they used Rottweiler meat in the curry! That would explain the lack of live Rottweilers in Rottweil, and possibly the awfulness of the food too…
You may be onto something there… I just hope you didn’t order the Sag WauWau!
It was supposed to be lamb… I bet that was just the name of the dog 😉
Or the mango muttney!
More super-cute buildings! The thing that got me most though was the fact that the dog statues were chained up…just in case they up and run away?! Shame about the curry – especially since, if you’re anything like me, curry is one of those meals you get really excited about!
Haha, yes I thought that too. Why chain up statues?
The curry was EXTREMELY disappointing. Good job the cuteness of the town made up for it!
Curry houses are always pretty rubbish in Germany it seems. And that’s just brilliant that Rottweilers are so called after a German town, interesting fact of the day!
There’s one here that’s not too bad, and there’s a nice one in Mannheim (although the service there is slooooow). I’m willing to put up with it being different to England, but the stuff in Rottweil was just awful!
I had no idea Rottweilers came from a place! Fun facts!
I didn’t either until I saw the name Rottweil on a map and though “… oh!”
I had no idea that Rottweilers were from well, Rottweil. I feel so much smarter now. Thank you!
The buildings there are so colourful and interesting!
They are aren’t they? I couldn’t stop taking photos 🙂