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Rothenburg ob der Tauber (or “Red fortress above the Tauber river”) is a prototype of what makes Germany such a dramatic and wonderful country to discover as a tourist with a bad, acute case of wanderlust. The pristine medieval hamlet in Bavaria, and former Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire for over 500 years, is a must-see side trip from the likes of Würzburg, Nürnberg, Augsburg, Ansbach, Munich and Stuutgart.

Rothenburg sits in the lush Franconia area of Bavaria, with the bucolic Naturpark Frankenhöhe as a backdrop. Home to a small populace of just over 11,000 people, the town’s fairy tale-like layout is a perpetual tourist target throughout the year. Of the inordinate landmarks in Rothenburg, the best of the best includes the handsome Market Square, macabre Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum, elegant Town Hall, ancient medieval gates and walls, and the Church of Saint Jacob. In typical Bavaria style, Rothenburg transforms into a festive Christmas market every December, with a cornucopia of seasonal goods and copious merriment on hand. Other worthwhile events in the superb town include the Taubertal Festival, Medieval Festival and Meistertrunk Festival.

Attractions

  • Rothenburg Market Square
  • Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum
  • Church of Saint Jacob
  • Rothenburg Town Hall
  • Rothenburg Town Walls

Activities

  • Imperial City Festival
  • Taubertal Festival
  • Medieval Festival
  • Rothenburg Christmas Markets
  • Meistertrunk Festival

Attractions

  • Rothenburg Market Square
  • Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum
  • Church of Saint Jacob
  • Rothenburg Town Hall
  • Rothenburg Town Walls

Activities

  • Imperial City Festival
  • Taubertal Festival
  • Medieval Festival
  • Rothenburg Christmas Markets
  • Meistertrunk Festival

Rothenburg has a humid continental climate, with four distinct seasons.

  • Winter (December to February) -2-6°C
  • Spring (March to May) 2-21°C
  • Summer (June to August) 11-24°C
  • Fall (September to November) 1-20°C

Rothenburg Hotels

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There is plenty to enjoy in the quaint medieval town of Rothenburg, Germany, as this city has maintained its romantic Bavarian aesthetic for several centuries. Visitors are treated to the picturesque Marktplatz upon entering the town. This is the urban centre for Rothenburg, where you can find shops, eateries and tourist venues. German souvenirs are extremely popular, and you will not be disappointed by all of the local shops. You can buy cuckoo clocks and other items at Georg Schopf, and beautiful Bavarian ornaments at Käthe Wohlfahrt, a large year-round Christmas mart. While strolling the Marktplatz, you will encounter St. George's Fountain and the City Councillors' Tavern. If you are inclined, you can check out the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum. Some of the interesting historical pieces of architecture in Rothenburginclude St. Jakobskirche, which features a piece by celebrated German sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider, and the Town Wall, a 14th century fortification that surroundsthe city. Being a tourist city, Rothenburg offers a few guided tours, including the Town Wall Tour and a seasonal Night Watchman's Tour, offered in the evenings from March through December. ... Read more »

When To Go

Rothenburg has four distinct seasons with hot summers and cold winters. The hottest months are June through August, with temperatures in the low 20s to around 30°C (68-86°F). These are typically heavy tourist months, since this is also the driest time of year. There are around seven hours of sunshine per day versus the two hours during winter. The coldest winter nights mostly stay in the -2°C to -3°C range (27-28°F). During the day, cold temperatures range from 5°C to 7°C (41-45°F), but it rarely freezes. Rothenburg receives about 21 cm (8 inches) of rain per month from June through July, but only around 10 cm (4 inches) during the rest of the year.

  • June through August: 23°C to 30°C (73-86°F)
  • December through January: -2°C to -3°C (27-28°F)
  • Rains 10-21 cm/month (4-8 inches)

Getting There

You will likely be heading to Rothenburg as part of your drive along Romantische Strasse (Romantic Road) in Bavaria. The town is right along this popular route, and you will take Route 19 from the south or Route 25 from the north. If you want to take the expressway, use the Autobahn A7. Your exit will be 108 West, marked ‘Ansbacher Strasse’. The buses are crowded in summer, especially in the middle of the day. There are many bus lines that offer service to Rothenburg, including tour lines and coaches. If you use the train, you can go right to town, but make sure you get tickets for ‘Rothenburg ob der Tauber’, since there are other towns with similar names.

  • Bus: Romantische Strasse tour buses and coaches
  • Train: Rothenburg ob der Tauber station near the Marktplatz
  • Car: Autobahn A7, use Ansbacher Strasse exit 108 West


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Am Siebersturm Hotel Rothenburg
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Gasthof Zur Linde Hotel Rothenburg
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Best Western Merian Hotel Rothenburg
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Tilman Riemenschneider Hotel Rothenburg
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Georgenstrasse 11-13 Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber DE-91541

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