14 Best Things To Do in Rothenburg, Germany

 by Meghana Agashe Updated on 20 Oct 2018

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Germany a country with the landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges, and the North Sea beaches. Not, in the end, its capital, i.e. Berlin is home to art and nightlife scenes at the Brandenburg Gate and many more sites. Other places such as Munich, Frankfurt and how can we forget Rothenburg offering beauty culture art architecture and old-world charm admired by all the visitors. Germany has a lot to offer and show whether we talk about high tech products or historical regions. The matter of disappointment when coming to Germany is not present.

Now, let us see more about the city, Rothenburg located in Germany and which 15 startling things you can do when you get the golden opportunity to visit Rothenberg.

Rothenburg is a town situated in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken, the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. Several tourists from all over the world come to visit this city known for its medieval old town. Many famous films and notably fantasies have captured the beauty and serenity of this city. Novels and a graphic adventure game have used the famous street Kabolzeller Steige.

All the sights of this beautiful medieval city from the stunning Museums to the eye-catching building it attracts millions of visitors each year who never miss visiting this beautiful and much deserving place.

 Let's explore the best things to do in Rothenburg:

1. Medieval Crime Museum

The first thing which can be done by visiting the surprising place can be visiting the Medieval Crime Museum which deals with 1,000 years of crime and punishment in Europe. The visitors can have a look at numerous torture devices and humiliation masks. From neck violins, big nose to the shame flute. There's something or the other for every visitor leaving them full of knowledge. Moreover, the Museum is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Address: Burggasse 3, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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2. Plonlein

The famous fork-road is another exciting thing one can do when visiting Rothenburg.  It is a narrow half-timbered building with a small fountain in front. The Kobolzeller and Siebers tower to the right and left create an amazing picture square effect which no visitor should skip to visit. 

3. St. Jacob’s Church

One of the most exquisite churches in Germany comes to the St. Jacob's Church.  Wood carvings on the Altar by Swabian master carvers are a must watch for every visitor of Rothenburg who can visit this church by just taking a stroll from the town hall. A New organ, Toppler's Chapel, Early stone sculpture, etc. are some fantastic things to look at in the church.

Address: Klostergasse 15, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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4. The Castle Gardens

Seeing lovely parks and gardens is always on the wishlist of everyone. The Castle Gardens thus charms the visitors with its beautiful architecture, parks and their captivating beauty! During 17th and 18th century, geometric flower bed was laid out which has eight sculptures representing the four seasons and four elements.

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5. The Christmas Museum

A Festive season or not, but this Museum will make you feel as there’s a festival on! Displays of seasonal decorations and artifacts focus on local traditions in towns like Rothenburg. Some amazing things to look at include tree ornaments, nativity scenes, and numerous old figurines, including 150 figures of Father Christmas himself.

Address: Herrngasse 1, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

6. The Old Town and Rathaus

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Visiting Rothenburg and missing the familiar scenes of the Old Town is a big miss as it is one of the finest in Southern Germany. The parts and towers were built a long time ago with a 50-meter high tower which lets you view the old town.

Address: Marktplatz, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber and concerts.

7. The Old Town Walls

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Another must thing can be having a great walk at the circular 2.5 km well preserved medieval town. One can get to know about the beauty of the medieval town from this.  The west part of the wall also provides an expansive view of the Tauber river valley where a lot of awesome pictures can be taken.

8. The Master Builder’s House

Visiting Rothenburg but not watching the spectacular house of the famous Rothenburg master builder and stonemason, Leonard will be a big miss. So, visiting this magnificent house can be naturally on the list as you can admire the depiction on the renaissance façade if the seven virtues as well as seven deadly sins.  This charming place is however now used as a café and restaurant where you can enjoy your evenings.

9. Klingentor

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Watching towers is always exciting for the visitors and Rothenburg also lets you see 30 meter plus tall tower which is impressive to look at and has served and used for practical purposes. The architecture of this tower is quite unique as it shares a wall with the church of Wolfgang.

10. Imperial Town Museum

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The array of historical and cultural artifacts has been gracefully shown in the Imperial Town Museum which is outstanding to look at. Artifacts from Rothenburg’s Jewish culture are presented with some hunting weapons too. Thus, this museum lets an individual understand the deeply rooted facts and several historical matters.

Address: Klosterhof, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

11. To Hell Tavern

Having authentic German food while sipping on local Franconian wine is a cherry on the top. For this To Hell Tavern on Castle Alley is a good option as the ambiance as well as the small yellow, the half-timber cottage will bring you back to the middle ages.

12. Hot Air Ballooning

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The countryside and beautiful view of the city can be done through a Hot Air Balloon which is not only romantic but as well as adventurous.

13. Rathaus Tower

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Who doesn't like climbing and experience the best view of their life, and that's exactly what you can do over here with some amazing excitement as there is a wide spiral staircase just off the main square and you can even cross from one building to another and so on to continue. Isn't that exciting to keep this as one of your thing to do in Rothenburg.

14. Stop at a Café for Kaffe

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Coffee and cake is one of the favorites when we talk about Germany. With the city having outstanding views to offer and stunning cafes, grabbing a seat in one and enjoy the views is also a great deal. Some of the great places which absolutely deserves a visit can be Schneeball.

Thus, whether we see medieval castles or half-timbered homes Rothenburg is a truly a beautiful place.  So, come and feel, experience, and enjoy Rothenberg!

Author: Meghana Agashe
Oscillating between reality and day-dreaming, Meghana is a journalist by education and a travel-blogger by profession. The eternal love for exploring different places and cuisines, the urge to interact with people across cultures and the thirst for a...

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    Town Walls

    Tags: Outdoors

    Address: Rothenburg, Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Enjoy a close encounter with Rothenburg’s history. The town walls were built to protect Rothenburg from its enemies and thus, are of vital importance. In spite of being very old, the walls are p...Read more

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    St. James's Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Klostergasse 15, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Dominating the skyline of Rothenburg, St. Jacob's Church is the most important church in Rothenburg. The narrow lancet windows and tall pinnacles of the Church appear as if they are reaching towards t...Read more

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    Medieval Crime And Justice Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Burggasse 3-5, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This one is gruesomely fascinating museum having the best display of criminal punishment devices probably in all of Europe. Displays include an array chastity belts, masks of disgrace for gossips, a c...Read more

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    Siebers Tower

    Tags: Tower

    Address: Untere Schmiedgasse 30, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    Siebers Tower (circa 1385) functioned as an entrance to Rothenburg for nearly 150 years, until the building of the Spital Bastion came into in the sixteenth century. Walking in through the archway, th...Read more

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    Tags: Landmark, Walking Area

    Address: Rödertor, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    The Rodertor is one of the five gates into the preserved Medieval walled town of Rotheburg, it is Located on the east side of Rothenburg. This gate is the closest to the Bahnhof (train station). It&rs...Read more

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    Tauber Bridge

    Tags: Bridge, Walking Area

    Address: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    The Tauber Bridge is a historic road bridge that spans the Tauber Valley west of the town center of the Middle Franconian town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria. It carries a local link road to L...Read more

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    Tags: Tower

    Address: Klingengasse 15, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    Over 30 meters tall, this tower has mainly served practical purposes since the 16th century. The tower was converted into a water tower, after setting up of a copper vessel, serving the town’s d...Read more

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    Rothenburg Historical Vaults

    Tags: Historical Site

    Address: Rosengasse 31, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    The Historical Vaults of the Town Hall bring back the era of the Thirty Years War. You´ll see a total of 14 impressive vaults objects (weapons, helmets etc.) and scenes from the Thirty Years&acu...Read more

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    Zum Spitaltor

    Tags: Museum, Historical Site

    Address: Spitalgasse 26, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    The Spital Bastion, built around 1586 is located at the end of the Spitalgasse, in southern Rothenburg’s. It has two inner courtyards and an adjacent moat. A part of the Spital Bastion houses th...Read more

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    St. Wolfgangskirche

    Tags: Religious Site

    Address: 91541 der, Klingentorbastei 1, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Located behind the Klingen Gate, St. Wolfgang's Church is also known as the Sheepherder's Church. It was erected between 1475 and 1492 by the brotherhood of shepherds, having a very Gothic style to it...Read more

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    St. Georgs Brunnen

    Tags: Fountain

    Address: Herrngasse 1, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    This is the largest and loveliest fountain in the city, situated right opposite the town hall. It is constructed in a Renaissance style that can not be compared to other grandiose fountains elsewhere!...Read more

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    Alt-rothenburger Handwerkerhaus

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Alter Stadtgraben 26, 91541 Rothenburg (Tauber), Germany

    Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Hidden down in one the many alleys of Rothenburg, is the Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus. A hermit who lived here remained obscure to cultural and technical innovations. It is because of him, this med...Read more

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    Councillors' Tavern

    Address: Marktplatz, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    Timings: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

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    St. Peter And St. Paul's Church, Detwang

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Detwang 24, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    St. Peter and Paul is a Gothic church in the quarter of Detwang in Rothenburg. Even in though Gothic it still is a charming small church with an amazing carved altar piece.The crucifixion reredos by T...Read more

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    Tags: Fountain

    Address: Herrngasse 12, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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