- Location: In Bavaria in south Germany
- Attraction Type: Medieval town
- Significance: Excellently preserved medieval town with cobbled streets and city walls
- Best Time to Visit: May to October
- How to Reach: By bus or car from anywhere in Germany; alternatively by train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Nearest International Airport: Nurnberg International Airport
Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany has a true medieval feeling about itself. With winding cobbled alleys lined with half wooden houses, Rothenburg in Germany is a perfect representation of a ‘middle-age’ town untouched by time. Overlooking the River Tauber valley, the city of Rothenburg on Romantic Road is encircled by a city wall well preserved till the present day. A visit to Germany remains incomplete without touring this fabulous medieval town. You could never escape the eternally festive spirit of this wonderful town. Throughout the year shops sell Christmas souvenirs and gifts many of which are handcrafted. This eternal feeling of joyousness is elating and lends a perpetual romantic ambiance to Rothenburg.
Activities in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Walk the cobblestoned streets of Rothenburg as a significant portion of this town is car-free. After crossing the ‘Plonlein’, a spectacular road fork, proceed to the Town Hall and climb up to its platform to have an impressive view of the surroundings. The Hall with its dark dungeons and historical vaults would certainly amaze you. Rothenburg Castle garden or ‘Burggarten’ is another charming place in this town. St. Jacob Church built in Gothic architectural design is famous for its Holy Blood Altar or ‘Heilige Blut Altar’ supposedly containing a drop of Christ’s blood. A visit to the Crime Museum and its torture chamber containing execution and torture devices would horrify you.
Wurzburg, famous for its baroque buildings, is a day’s trip about 44 miles from Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The spectacular city of Nuremberg is about 70 miles from Rothenburg and takes about an hour by car. Neuschwanstein Castle is another illustrious site at about two hours driving distance.
The ‘Master’s draught’ or ‘Meistertrunk’ festival commemorates the city folks’ desperate and successful attempt to protect themselves from the wrath of Field marshall Johann Tserclaes, or ‘Tilly’ on 30th October 1630. This festival is held with a lot of fanfare and merriment, with parades in traditional costumes, the performance of plays and drinking of wine.
Staying and Eating in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
While touring Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you could stay in guesthouses, hotels, or apartments as per your preference. Among the luxury hotels, you might select from Romantik Hotel Markusturm or Eisenhut Hotel Rothenburg. For comfortable accommodation, a selection could be made amongst Hotel Goldener Hirsch Rothenburg, Hotel Roter Hahn, and Villa Mittermeier Hotel Rothenburg. Among guest houses, Guesthouse Zum Rappen, Guesthouse Ruth Gotz, and Landgasthof zum Hirschen are the notable places to put up.
Dining is an exclusive affair in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. ‘Louvre Restaurant and Galerie’with a 500-year-old wine cellar specializes in German cuisine and Franconian delicacies. For a warm ambiance and homely charm, ‘Altfrankische Weinstube is the best place to dine.