Well-preserved buildings, a stone city wall, historical tower gates… Rothenburg ob der Tauber has everything you could possibly ask for in a Medieval town. If you’re planning a Romantic Road trip, you should add Rothenburg to your list of must-visit places.
Since it’s a small town, it is best traveled on foot. It deserves at least two days, so you can really enjoy your visit.
- Founded in 1274
- Joined Bavaria in 1802*
- Population: 11,000
- Number of Gate Towers: 42*
- Unique Museums: Medieval Crime and Justice Museum & German Christmas Museum
Where to Stay
I stayed at Akzent Hotel Schranne by Schrannenplatz. Everything, especially the restaurant, was perfect.
The meat and the bratwurst (German sausage) are prepared locally. The restaurant won a silver medal in Bavarian Cuisine Competition in 2010.
Marcus Tower, or Markusturm, and its arch date back to the 12th century. It was a part of the first city wall of Rothenburg. Today, it’s a part of the old town that is encricled by the new wall.
Plönlein, or the Little Square, is where you can find one of the most frequently photographed houses of Rothenburg. It’s a little yellow building with a fountain in front of it, situated at the intersection of the two roads leading to Siebels and Kobolzeller tower gates. Kobolzeller dates back to 1300s.
Rothenburg Town Hall
The town hall (Rathaus in German) was designed by Leonhard Weidmann. The building, that is located in the Market Square of Rothenburg, was completed in 1578.
You can climb to the Town Hall Tower, or Rathausturm, to get a panoramic view of the city.
The City Wall Walking Tour
The fortified stone wall of Rothenburg is 3.5 km in total. You don’t need to take the whole tour. There are several exits from the walkway.
It is perfect for viewing the city from a different angle. It takes about an hour if you complete the walkway.
The wall was severely damaged during the World War II bombings. The city collected donations from locals and visitors around the world to reconstruct the wall. The name plates you will see on the walkway belong to those people who made the donations.
You shouldn’t leave Rothenburg without eating snowball cookies (Schneeballen in German). You can find several chocolate shops and bakeries that make them around the Market Square.