The streets are quiet at night in Rothenburg, a perfectly preserved medieval town in Germany.

Located in the heart of the Franconia region, Rothenburg became a thriving city during the middle ages. Fate was cruel, however, and the combination of the plague and the Thirty Years War crushed the population.

This brought with it a silver lining – the fact that no modernization happened in the town over the centuries following. Now, the entire town exists almost entirely in its medieval state, including the fortress walls that surround the city. It’s also the home to Käthe Wohlfahrt, the famous Christmas toy making company.

Unfortunately, this all means that the town is overrun by tourists during the day, but I found it exciting to walk the streets at night when the town is quiet and if you open your ears (and imagination), you can begin to hear the echoes of centuries past.

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