Through the medieval streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber run a thousand years of Franconian history. The ancient turrets and clock towers of this perfectly preserved, walled city echo the Thirty Years War. Narrow passageways between half-timbered houses painted in soft pastels hint of legend and romance. Grace and beauty abound, here, in an idealization of Bavarian life that inspires and enthralls. Step out of the shadows. Embrace the moment. You are in the most German of German towns.