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 the Criminal Museum, located on the Burggasse, in the oldest part of the city. There is a dunking stool on the side of the building that was used to punish bakers whose bread was too light. (Dishonest bakers were dipped into the well at the Market Place). In the lobby of the building an Iron Maiden is displayed that was used to punish offenders. It is the last bulwark Rothenburg built in 1616.
Zum Spitaltor Travel Tips
- If time restrains to explore the walls, explore the bastion site.
- Great to explore and walk with kids.
- This is not an active tourist site, so you won't find guides, plaques, or even anything but natural light inside the building.
- Wear closed toe shoes, given its slight uphill-downhill terrain.
How to Reach Zum Spitaltor
- On foot
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42.05% of people who visit Rothenburg include Zum Spitaltor in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
32.79% of people start their Zum Spitaltor visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Zum Spitaltor
56.9% of people prefer walking in order to reach Zum Spitaltor