Artisanal products in Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Behind the scenes
A look at the Snowballs – Rothenburg’s bakers open their doors
Many things are still made by hand in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Small family operations offer their products to regular clients and guests from all over the world in their shops of the old quarter. Many of the companies will also let you watch as they go about their craft. We’ll tell you where you can get a glimpse behind the scenes. Which bakery will open its doors, at which manufactory can you get an impression of the craftsmanship? And where can you make your own chocolate figure?
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is known nationwide for its Snowballs. These are produced by numerous bakeries in the city. Some family businesses with a bakery in the old city offer the chance to take a closer look at the traditional pastry. The short pastry is deep-fried in a snowball iron – ten minutes later, the treat is finished and has a captivating scent. Getting hungry? After you register at the Friedel bakery, the manager Walter Friedel is happy to explain everything worth knowing about Snowballs. At the Striffler bakery, owner Florian Striffler awaits guests in the baking area and shows the preparation process. Registered visitors can even make their own pretzels here (only group registrations are possible). Both families are well established bakeries in Rothenburg for generations – the recipes are secret and passed on from generation to generation.
Rothenburg’s craft production - Handmade in Rothenburg
In addition to bakeries, you can find other providers of exclusive products in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which you won’t see anywhere else. These vendors have joined to form the Handmade in Rothenburg Initiative. One example is the Lichthäuser stores of the Leyk company: On Erlbacher Strasse next to the company’s Lotos Garden with café (insider’s tip in the summer), the staff paints the miniature timber houses by hand. As a visitor, you can take a look inside and get an impression of the high-quality production. This is also recommended at AnRa-Mode on Plönlein, where the employees creating the women’s fashion design line sit at sewing machines right next to the shop. Visitors can get hands-on experience with Alex Hildebrandt at Allegra Chocolate. The chocolatier learned his craft in Switzerland. On Georgengasse in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, he now offers the chance to pour your own chocolate figure on selected dates with prior registration. This activity is very popular especially on Easter (chocolate bunny) and during the Advent period (Santa Claus)! You can get an exclusive souvenir on Schmiedgasse at Wood Art. Loretta Mandosi works on Franconian wood crafts in her shop window, engraving Rothenburg motifs with fuel rods. At Stoffmarkt am Markusturm, Karin Ittner creates custom designs of pillows or blankets – these are usually even finished on the day of the order.