People always ask about seeing quaint towns in Germany, but don't want touristy places. I always respond by saying the best and most lovely towns are always frequented by lots of tourists and you will surely miss some grand opportunities for color, atmostphere and photo opportunities. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a perfect example. I took this picture last September while traveling with some close friends to Oktoberfest in Munich. Very busy time in Bavaria, but Rothenburg was not crowded, in fact, except for the Marktplatz, we didn't see crowds. To miss Rothenburg is to miss a pristine 12th C town. Little has changed, architecturally since the 17th C, and the city walls remain and the Gothic cathedral (finished in 1464) and amazing Rathaus are stupendous (and the climb to the top of the Rathaus is quite an experience).