Would you know it, around on the eastern side of the Black Forest is a town named Rottweil. Indeed, it got its name from the dog, not the other way around. The Rottweiler dog was a breed used by the Romans to herd cattle as they moved northward while spreading their empire. The town was founded by the Romans in 73 AD. Eva and I spent a wonderful day there poking around. Unfortunately, the only Rottweiler we saw was this bronze sculpture across the street from the tourist office.

Rottweiler in Bronze

Rottweiler in Bronze

Other than our not experiencing much of a dog presence here, we thoroughly enjoyed this town of about 22,000 people, as it had a distinctive architectural feel due to the prevalence of its oriels (bay windows).

The market square

The market square

Bay windows

Bay windows

So many bays, so nice

So many bays, so nice

Look at the detail

Look at the detail

Essentially every village and town in Germany, if not in the whole of Europe, has a towering church at or very near the town center.

The Munster

The Munster

Munster up close, crowded by secular buildings.

Munster up close, crowded by secular buildings.

Interior of the Munster

Interior of the Munster

We wandered around for hours, climbing at one point to the highest part of town where a watch tower was located.

Watch tower

Watch tower

Watch tower entry

Watch tower entry

Detail

Detail

Many buildings had pulleys on the top floor for hoisting goods to upper levels and to the attic.

Hoist

Hoist

Hoists

Hoists

A hoist way up

A hoist way up

We passed a barber shop. I knew it because of the mirrored bowl hanging outside the entry.

Sign of the barber.

Sign of the barber.

Of course, we got hungry and thirsty. Beer was the perfect accompaniment to sow’s stomach. I’ll forego the photo of lunch.

Such a nice place for lunch.

Such a nice place for lunch.

As we wandered around town, many things caught our attention. Here are a few.

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California poppies, of all things!

California poppies, of all things!

Here we will take our leave for now.

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