Rottweil, Germany – Home of the Dog
Posted on July 6, 2016
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.
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).
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.
We wandered around for hours, climbing at one point to the highest part of town where a watch tower was located.
Many buildings had pulleys on the top floor for hoisting goods to upper levels and to the attic.
We passed a barber shop. I knew it because of the mirrored bowl hanging outside the entry.
Of course, we got hungry and thirsty. Beer was the perfect accompaniment to sow’s stomach. I’ll forego the photo of lunch.
As we wandered around town, many things caught our attention. Here are a few.
Here we will take our leave for now.