Notes on the Geography of Germany: Rothenberg ob der Tauber: Photo 7
The tourist industry grew steadily in the prewar era, from 10,000 overnight visitors in 1906 to over 50,000 in the 1920s. Postwar reconstruction was delayed for a couple of years by shortages of building materials, but the old street network and property boundaries were retained, and reconstruction was approximately finished by 1956. Many of the new buildings had the somewhat stripped look of the building on the left, but many new ones had non-structural half-timbering. By 1956 over 100,000 visitors stayed overnight, matching the pre-war peak. The town was by then acutely aware of its dependence on its historic appearance. As one resident wrote in 1950, "The economic existence of our town stands and also falls with the preservation of our Stadtbild."
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