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Rothenburg ob der Tauber (map). It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. It is part of the popular Romantic Road through southern Germany.

Much of the eastern portion of Rothenburg was destroyed or damaged in World War II and was later restored. The older western section from which the medieval town originated and contains most of the town’s historic monuments, did not suffer from the bombing. Thus, most of the buildings in the west and the south of Rothenburg still exist today in their original medieval or prewar state.

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The Rathaus (town hall, map) is a notable renaissance building. The rear Gothic part of the building dates from 1250, and the attached front Renaissance building was started in 1572.

St. James’s Church (map). The church was built between 1311-1484.

While buildings within the walled city reflect the city’s medieval history, this part of the city is in many ways a normal, modern German town with some concession to the tourist trade. Many stores and hotels catering to tourists are clustered around the Town Hall Square (map) and along several major streets (such as Herrngasse, Schmiedgasse).

Also in the town is a Criminal Museum (map), gives an insight into judicial punishment over the last 1000 years. Exhibits include instruments of torture, shrew’s fiddles, scold’s bridles, medieval legal texts, and guidance on witch trials. RothenburgMuseum (map) with the municipal collections and a weapon collection.

Christmas Museum (Weihnachtsmuseum “Käthe Wohlfahrt”, map). Käthe Wohlfahrt is a German company that sells Christmas decorations and articles. Its head office is in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. According to the tourism site for the state of Bavaria, “the unique Christmas store with more than 30,000 traditional German Christmas decorations … has attracted millions of tourists from all over the world.”

From Rothenburg ob der Tauber you can start a popular bicycle tour by the “Lovely Tauber valley” (also “Charming Tauber valley”, wiki), about Weikersheim, Bad Mergentheim, Lauda and Tauberbischofsheim, till you reach just 100 km from Wertheim. Recommended daily stages of the route “Charming Tauber Valley (Classic)”


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

The town isn’t too well served by trains. There is an hourly connection from Würzburg and Ansbach, but in both cases you have to change trains at Steinbach (b. Rothenburg). Rothenburg furthermore is part of the Nuremberg’s regional train network, with services twice an hour, but you have to change trains at least once to do the trip.

BUS: MeinFernbus | Stations & Destinations — Germany’s largest long-distance bus company. + FlixbusBerlin Linien BusPostbusMeinFernbusDeinBus. Information on almost all bus routes in Germany – (*Intercity buses in Germany)

TRAIN: Deutsche BahnGerman Rail PassVGNSNCB International • ÖBB • Thalys • RailEurope. (*Rail travel in Germany)

AIRPORT: Berlin Airport • Cologne Bonn AirportFrankfurt AirportStuttgart AirportHamburg AirportMunich AirportDüsseldorf Airport

FERRY: Color LineTT-Line / Sylt Island Ferry: FRS SyltfähreAdler-Schiffe. Lake Constance Ferries: The largest lake in Germany, Lake Constance offers several ferry routes connecting Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Gallows Gate in Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Tower Trail.

The Gallows Gate in Rothenburg ob der Tauber got its name, from the gallows that stood outside the gate in the so-called “Little-Head Meadow”. Also known as Würzburger Gate.

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Useful websites.

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Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). It is held annually in MunichBavaria.

Deutsche Bahn.

Travel information, train tickets, online tickets, regional day tickets, affordable offers for rail travel and city breaks.

Berlin Art Link: A digital platform for contemporary art and culture in Berlin, providing information on exhibitions, events, and festivals.

Goethe-Institut: A worldwide organization promoting German language and culture, with branches in many cities across Germany, providing information on cultural events, exhibitions, and festivals.

Time Out Berlin: An online guide to Berlin’s cultural life, providing information on events, festivals, and nightlife.