Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

One of the best preserved medieval towns of Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

transforms into a winter fairy tale every year in Christmas times.

The Christmas market’s tradition started in Rothenburg in the 15th Century and it’s presented 500 years of tradition and culture.

Grüner Markt, Rothenburg

The small town with timbered framed houses and cobblestone streets look totally magical in the Christmas festivity.

The Christmas Market of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is also called Reiterlesmarkt due to the Medieval history of the town.

Carousel ride at Rothenburg Christmas Market

The narrow streets of the town are lit up and fully crowded with the tourists. The town within the defense towers and gates look so wonderful and mesmerising during Christmas times. The famous cobblestone streets of Rothenburg like Spitalgasse and Obere Schiedgasse are decorated with lights.

The main Christmas Market was set up in Marktplatz in front of Town hall. The tall Christmas tree was placed in the centre of the market and its surrounded with stalls offering Christmas traditional snacks like Mandels, Wurst, Pommes, Schneeballs, Crepes and Glühwein.

Marktplatz Town hall, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

There were also a few stalls selling Christmas Souvenirs, wooden carved decors and winter specialities like wooden socks, scarfs, Shawls and caps. The Marktplatz was fully packed with locals and tourists and they were enjoying the music and festivity of the Market.

Christmas stall at Rothenburg

There is also a small passage in Town Hall which turns into a Christmas Market and sells Christmas specialties.

We would highly suggest walking to the Grüner Markt from Marktplatz to explore another Christmas Market of Rothenburg. It’s just a few miles away.

Rothenburg Christmas festivity

The Christmas Market at Grüner Markt is small compared to the main Christmas market. It has more food stalls with live performances.

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The third Christmas Market of Rothenburg is set up in Kirchplatz. The market is also favorite among kids as they have their favorite carousel ride set up over there.

Christmas Market at Marktplatz Town hall, Rothenburg

Rothenburg is also the best place to buy lovely handmade Christmas souvenirs and decors. You can find these shops on every street of Rothenburg old town.The town offers incredible shopping experience for Christmas as well.

Christmas souvenirs store in Rothenburg

It has famous shops like Käthe Wohlfahrt which are selling beautiful souvenirs, Christmas tree ornaments, cravings, decors etc. The Käthe Wohlfarhrt also has a Christmas Museum inside the store which is highly recommend to visit.

Christmas Museum, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Another speciality of the town is their Christmas theme cars which offer a tour to the town for the tourists.

Ending Note:

Opening day for the Christmas Market in 2020

From 27.11.2020 to 23.12.2020


Monday to Thursday : 11 am – 7 pm

Friday to Sunday : 11 am – 8 pm

Christmas Market, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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