… thats the comment I got from my friend, Kerry, when he saw the first pic below lol, it actually does in a way!

Flying high above my favourite city in Germany, Rothenburg Ob De Tauber… what a view!

The first time I launched my drone Sparkie was from the campervan parking lot outside of the old town and then right on the south side gate before entering the city, I couldnt contain my excitment to start exploring this place!

I had a few people stare at me when flying my DJI Spark but more out of curiosity than anything, well, the first time anyway… (I seemed to get a lot of interest from older men hmm)

There was another time when I went for a walk around the outside walls of the town and started flying Sparkie over the old city, I was sitting there looking up to the sky at my drone when an old lady leans out over her balcony and asks, is that a drone? and I say with a smile on my face and in the nicest way possible, yes.. I love your city, so just wanted to take a few shots from above… she nods her head and next thing I know, I couldnt pick up any wifi any longer (which hadnt happened before in the other cities) and I was disconnected, so Sparkie automatically descends and lands in my hand… hmmm wierd…. I bet the residents have a lot of people wanting to fly their drones here

Definitely a beautiful place, couldnt wait to explore!
Surrounded by lush green fields
Our campervan site is on the bottom right side of this photo, just outside of the old town
The new city of Rothenberg

NAZI GERMANY & WWII

There are over 2million people who visit Rothenburg yet I bet they dont realise that over 1/2 the buildings are reconstructions and were bombed in 1945

During the 1930’s, Rothenburg held a special significance for the Nazi Germans and was seen as a holiday destination for them and before long a Nazi community was created here, and a seemingly perfect family community. Before long in 1938, Rothenburg expelled all its Jewish Community and the other nearby towns followed their example

After allied bombing raid in 1945

In March, 1945 during WWII, German soldiers were stationed in Rothenburg to defend it. Bombs were dropped by 16 planes killing 37 people and destroying 306 houses, 6 public houses, 9 watchtowers and over 600m of the city wall

More of the city would have been destroyed if it wasnt for the U.S Assistant Secretary of War, John J McCloy who knew of the historic importance of the city and also the beauty of it and wanted to spare it from further damage so ordered not to damage the city any further and instead sent in 6 soldiers to negotiate the surrender of the town instead. The local commander Major Thommes gave up the town (ignored Hitlers order to fight to the end) and saved it from total destruction!
McCloy was named an honourary citizen of Rothenburg

In black are the bombed areas
Views along Rothenburg’s Galgengasse from circa 1936 on the left and the rebuilt buildings in 2002 on the right. Photos courtesy Stadtarchiv Rothenburg and author. 
Views of Rothenburg’s Chapel Square from around 1900 on the left and 2002 on the right illustrate one ‘improvement’ made during reconstruction. Photos courtesy Stadtarchiv Rothenburg and author.

It upsets me so much not only for the lives that were lost but also the beautiful architecture that is now forever gone