Updated: Nov 18, 2022
Rothenburg is one of the best-preserved town of Germany which takes you back into the Medieval times. The town is located in the Franconia's Heart of Bavaria. The town has intact medieval walls which used to be for feeding farm animals in old times.
Germany has countless towns which presents the livelihood of the Medieval times like Bamberg, Bad Windsheim but undoubtedly our favorite Medieval town is Rothenburg. Don’t get confused as there are several Rothenburgs in Germany, Make sure you have planned for Rothenburg ob der tauber.
Rothenburg used to be the second largest city of Germany in Middle Ages but now it’s a small town which welcomes uncountable tourists from all over the world and provides them the chance to experience the Medieval times in Germany.
We have visited Rothenburg in mid December. It wasn’t so cold but the weather was quite bad. It was raining for the whole day. But the shelter on the top of the walls and tunnels saved us from getting wet.
We entered the town from the South Eastern entrance from the Röder Gate and was totally amazed with the first impression of the picturesque village.
The city used to have an imperial defence hold in the past. It had 46 defensive watch towers and 4 KM long walls. You can also take a tour of Rothenburger Turmweg with a guided tour.
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In our case, when we entered the city from the Röder Gate we climbed up the stairs and walked on the walls of the village.
The view of the old town was just mesmerizing from the walls and watch towers. We were totally lost in the beauty of the town.
We had also experienced the tunnels beneath the medieval walls. There are still some cannons installed over there.
After experiencing one of the most defensive city walls, we had started walking towards the town center and entered Cobblestone streets from Spital Tor. We walked on cobblestone streets of famous Spitalgasse and headed towards Plönlein.
Plönlein is the most famous landmark of Rothenburg which provides the best background for photography of the Medieval town. It's a yellow timber framed house with a fountain on the front on the entrance of the Spital quarter.
This medieval classic had been copied and used by Walt Disney’s famous Pinocchio in 1940 to present the medieval scene which made Plönlein a World famous landmark.
After that, we walked on Obere Schiedgasse towards Marktplatz. It's one of the most famous streets of Rothenburg with hussle and bussle of tourists and locals. The street has local shops, cafes and hotels on both sides.
In Marktplatz, the beautiful and significant town hall of Rothenburg enhances the beauty of the town. It has baroque architecture with 3 storey buildings. On the other side of the square has timber framed houses which are a typical specialty of Rothenburg.
There is a narrow way which takes to the Grüner markt. And leads to the famous St.Jacob’s Church.
Its a most charming half timbered house with a beautiful work of legendary blacksmith Gerlach Georg. To enjoy the best view of the building, it's highly recommended to step up the town walls and capture the view.
Rothenburg is the best place to buy lovely handmade decors for the home. You can find these shops on every street of Rothenburg old town. The town offers incredible shopping experience for Christmas as well.
It has famous shops like Käthe Wohlfahrt which are selling beautiful souvenir, Christmas tree ornaments, cravings, decors etc. The Käthe Wohlfarhrt also has a Christmas Museum inside the store.
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How to Reach to Rothenburg:
If you are living in Germany, it’s highly recommended to take an ICE train. Normally, Tickets are more expensive than the bus but if you book your trip in advance then you can get a cheaper ticket.
In case, you are planning your one day trip within Bavaria. The Bayern ticket is the best and cheapest way to travel within Bayern state.
You can also take a Flixbus. It's a cheaper option but takes more time than train.
Recommendation for Restaurants/Cafe:
As the town is very touristic, they have lots of street cafes, Restaurants and hotels. We have been to two different restaurants and totally loved it.
Hotel Roter Hahn:
It’s a restaurant within the Hotel Roter Hahn. It’s a typical german style restaurant and was almost full with the people. It has great Ambience but service was quite slow because of the rush.
The cafe is located on Galgengasse street. Einzigartig means “Unique” and no doubt is a very interesting and unique cafe. The cafe is themed on art, antiques, bells with Chic and vintage furniture. The cafe also offers shopping experience so you can also shop for some vintage masterpieces from the cafe
They also have their apartments for the stay in Rothenburg. Be aware about the closing timings, because most of the Cafes closes around 6 PM.
We were so lost in the beauty of cobblestone streets of this medieval town, we didn’t get any time.Other places in Rothenburg. Here is the list of some recommended places:
Medieval Crime and Justice Museum
St James’ Church