Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town on the Romantic Road in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, halfway in between Frankfurt and Munich. It’s known for its medieval center (Altstadt), seemingly untouched by the passage of time, encircled by the undamaged 14th century town wall. In the Middle Ages, it was a free imperial city, reaching its apex of prosperity in the 15th century with a population of 6,000 - larger than Frankfurt and Munich at the time. Today, it’s a small town and major tourist attraction, popular with big bus tour groups, especially in summer. So if you’re not into crows, it’s advised that you see the town in the morning or in the evening (or off season) when the bus loads of tourists aren’t around.
The Sri Lankans knew they had something beyond palm fringed beaches and
misty tea plantations to command the attention of travellers; something
concentrated in a burst of tightly packed splendour sufficient to dazzle
even jaded senses.