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Rothenburg ob der TauberGermany

Medieval architecture, curious museums, music festivals and a year-round celebration of Christmas make this one of Bavaria’s must-see destinations.

Step back in time in the romantic medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Visit museums dedicated to crime and Christmas, spot centuries-old architecture or enjoy wine and music festivals. Set amid the beautiful countryside of Germany’s Bavaria region, this is an ideal destination to relax and enjoy cultural events.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber centers on its fascinating medieval quarter, little changed since the 11th century. Stroll around the battlements to find more than 40 gateways and towers. Explore cobblestone streets and interesting squares lined with colorful gabled houses. Admire the picture-perfect half-timbered house of Plönlein. Inspect woodcarvings by revered sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider at St. Jacob’s Church. Enjoy panoramic views from the 200-foot-tall (60-meter) town hall tower, which dominates Marktplatz.

Delve into German history and culture at the town’s museums. The Medieval Crime Museum displays laws and punishments from the Middle Ages. Find period furniture and art at the Imperial City Museum, set in a 13th-century convent. Old Rothenburg Craftsman’s House shows how craftsmen lived during the 1200s.

Find some relaxation at the Asian Water-Garden with waterfalls and ornamental ponds amid a garden of cherry trees and Asiatic flora.

Throughout the summer the town springs to life with a series of festivals. Attend performances by international rock bands during the Taubertal Open Air Festival. Sample local wine and food, such as grilled sausages, at the Weindorf wine festival. Parades retell the town’s history during the Imperial City Festival.

Come for the holidays to experience one of Germany’s most captivating Christmas Markets. Sip on a glass of mulled wine and try sweet schneeballen pastries as you browse the handicraft stalls set up in Martkplatz. If you can’t wait until the holidays, discover Germany’s festive traditions at the Christmas Museum and Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village.

Reach Rothenburg ob der Tauber via train or rent a car and drive along the Romantic Road, a route that connects several picturesque towns in the southern German provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

Where to stay in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Top Hotels in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Hotel BurgGartenpalais
Hotel BurgGartenpalais
4 out of 5
Herrngasse 26, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, BY
The price is $164 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16

Located in Rothenburg Old Town, this hotel is steps from Tauber Valley, Franconian Heights Nature Park, and Kathe Wohlfahrts Christmas Museum. German Christmas ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (443 reviews)
Great experience

"Old historic building but very nice. Clean room, spectacular shower and wonderful breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Hotel BurgGartenpalais
Villa Mittermeier Hotel & Restaurant
Villa Mittermeier Hotel & Restaurant
4 out of 5
Vorm Würzburger Tor 9, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, BY
The price is $107 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12

Situated in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, this romantic hotel is steps from Tauber Valley, Franconian Heights Nature Park, and Rothenburg Town Walls. Gerlachschmiede ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (971 reviews)
Cozy Hotel close to old City Centre

"Very cozy hotel, extremly service minded and good breakfast. The Hotel is walking distance to the old city centre and has a very personal touch. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Villa Mittermeier Hotel & Restaurant
Romantik Hotel Markusturm
Romantik Hotel Markusturm
3 out of 5
Roedergasse 1, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, BY
The price is $169 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Rothenburg Old Town, this hotel is steps from Tauber Valley, Franconian Heights Nature Park, and Market Square. Franconian Way of St. James and German ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (478 reviews)
Romantic Family Owned Hotel in the Heart of City!

"The Owners LILO and Stephan were amazing! Such a charming hotel and the breakfast was wonderful as well. Lilo gave us great tips on things to do and had an infectious smile to make the visit very enjoyable! We were only going to stay one night but immediately realized we had to stay longer. It is ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Romantik Hotel Markusturm
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Ferienhaus - die710
Ferienhaus - die710
4 out of 5
Judengasse 5, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Located in Rothenburg Old Town, this cottage is steps from Tauber Valley, Franconian Heights Nature Park, and Imperial City Museum. Way of St. James and Schrannenplatz ...

Ferienhaus - die710
Edelzimmer Rothenburg
Edelzimmer Rothenburg
3.5 out of 5
Klingengasse 8, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Located in Rothenburg Old Town, this apartment building is steps from Tauber Valley, Franconian Heights Nature Park, and Imperial City Museum. Church of St. ...

Edelzimmer Rothenburg
Blacksmith salon with modern comfort
Blacksmith salon with modern comfort
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria

Located in Rothenburg Old Town, this historic apartment building is steps from Tauber Valley, Franconian Heights Nature Park, and Siebers Tower. Little Square ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Sehr sauber und gemütlich

"Die Wohnung hat unsere Erwartungen übertroffen und eignet sich sehr gut um diese traumhafte Stadt zu erleben."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Blacksmith salon with modern comfort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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