Three days in Rothenburg

While at a Family reunion in Lower Franconia, we did a side trip to Rothenburg for a friends destination wedding. Arriving by train, we checked into a darling medieval B&B in the center of town from walking distance to the Marktplatz. We had an amazing time. I hope you enjoy my photos

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a picturesque town nestled in the heart of Germany, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and rich history. Located in the Franconia region of Bavaria, Rothenburg o. T., as it is affectionately called, is a favorite destination for tourists seeking a glimpse into the country’s past.

Dowdle Jigsaw Puzzle – Rothenburg ob der Tauber – 500 Piece

Rothenburg is in the region of Franconia, a part of Bavaria. Most of the buildings were in place by 1400. The city was established in 1142, but destroyed in 1356. Two pompous gates can still be seen, the Markus Tower and the White Tower. In the center city I saw a few Patrizier houses, where the Gilded residents used to live.

Rothenburg o. T. from above, Germany, Franconia
Rothenburg is in the region of Franconia, a part of Bavaria. Most of the buildings were in place by 1400. The city was established in 1142, but destroyed in 1356. Two pompous gates can still be seen, the Markus Tower and the White Tower. In the center city I saw a few Patrizier houses, where the Gilded residents used to live

For those seeking spiritual nourishment, a visit to St. James’s Church is a must. This beautiful Gothic-Romanesque church is renowned for its impressive architecture and is home to the famous “Heavenly Work of Wood,” an altarpiece carved by Tilman Riemenschneider. The church also houses a collection of religious art and artifacts, providing a tranquil place for reflection and contemplation.

Rick Steves Snapshot Rothenburg & the Rhine
St. James Church Rothenburg, per Wikimedia

I highly recommend to take the Night Watchman tour with a guy name Hans-Georg Baumgartner. He lights his lamp and takes tourists on his rounds explaining medieval life in a jokingly way. The meeting place is 8 pm at the Marktplatz Adults 8 Euro, children 4 Euro

For those who cannot travel right now, I found his tour on YouTube below:

Beyond its historical sites, Rothenburg o. T. also offers breathtaking natural beauty. The Tauber Valley, with its rolling hills and meandering river, is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Exploring the surrounding countryside allows visitors to appreciate the region’s scenic landscapes and immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature.


Taubertal, Rothenburg o.T.

Ploenlein, Rothenburg o.T.
The Plönlein

“Zur Höll” is a historic inn and restaurant located in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. The name “Zur Höll” translates to “To Hell” in English. The establishment has a long history dating back to the 12th century and is known for its traditional Bavarian cuisine and cozy atmosphere.

Zur Höll Guesthouse, Rothenburg
Zur Höll Oldest Guesthouse in Rothenburg

Visitors can enjoy a range of hearty meals, including roasted meats, sausages, schnitzel, and delicious local beers. The cozy interior and historical charm of “Zur Höll” add to the overall experience of dining in this traditional Bavarian establishment.

Wurst platter, Obatzda, Franconia, Wine glass
Wurstplatter at the “Höll” in Rothenburg

The Höll building itself is a half-timbered house that has been beautifully preserved over the centuries. It is located in the heart of Rothenburg’s old town, making it easily accessible to visitors exploring the area.

Entering Rothenburg o. T. is like stepping back in time. The town’s historic center, Altstadt, is a delight to explore, with its cobblestone streets, colorful half-timbered houses, and charming squares. Plönlein, one of Rothenburg’s most famous sights, is a small square flanked by two towers, the Siebers Tower and the Kobolzell Gate Tower. This idyllic setting has been featured in countless photographs and is emblematic of the town’s medieval charm.

Alte Schmiede, Rothenburg o. T.
Alte Schmiede (Blacksmith)

According to a legend, in the 17th century during the Thirty Years’ War, Rothenburg ob der Tauber was under siege. The enemy general offered to spare the city and end the siege if the mayor could drink an entire mug of wine in one go.

Rothenburg city hall clock, Rathaus

The mayor at the time, Georg Nusch, accepted the challenge. However, instead of using a regular-sized mug, he presented a specially crafted, oversized wine mug known as the “Mayor’s Dettel.” The mug was said to hold approximately 3.25 liters of wine. Mayor Nusch successfully finished the drink, impressing the enemy general and saving the city from destruction.

Below you see a Interpreter that recreated that event. Me below drinking out of large wine mug:

This legend of Mayor Nusch’s drinking feat has become a part of Rothenburg’s folklore and is often recounted to visitors as an interesting historical anecdote. Today, the “Mayor’s Dettel” can still be seen on display at the Rothenburg Town Hall, commemorating the story of the mayor’s heroic wine-drinking accomplishment.

Biergarten, Rothenburg o. T.
My favorite Biergarten

The Marktplatz, or Market Square, is the vibrant heart of Rothenburg o. T. Here, visitors can marvel at the Town Hall, a towering structure adorned with intricately carved details. The square also hosts the lively Christmas Market during the holiday season, where visitors can immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere and sample traditional German treats.

Rothenburg Marktplatz and city hall
Rothenburg Marktplatz and Ratstube

Rothenburg o. T. is also known for its lively festivals and events, which attract visitors from near and far. The Imperial City Festival, held annually in early September, celebrates the town’s rich history with music, parades, and historical reenactments. The Night Watchman’s Tour, where guests can join a costumed guide on an evening stroll through the town, offers a unique way to experience Rothenburg’s past.

Children in Tracht, Rothenburg o. T.
Children in Tracht

Rothenburg o. T. is also home to a plethora of museums that offer insight into the town’s history. The Medieval Crime Museum, housed in a former cloister, displays a collection of instruments of torture and punishment, providing a chilling reminder of the town’s past. The Doll and Toy Museum showcases an extensive collection of antique toys, including dolls, miniature houses, and model trains, offering a glimpse into the lives of past generations.

Burgtor Rothenburg
Rothenburg Antiques stores, Biersteins
Lots of antiques

One of the most striking features of Rothenburg o. T. is its medieval city walls, which encircle the town with a circumference of approximately 2.5 kilometers. Built in the 13th century, the walls offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and provide an immersive experience for visitors. Walking along the paths atop the wall, one can imagine the town’s medieval inhabitants going about their daily lives. it consists of numerous towers and gates.

Medieval wall inscription by a Donor
Medieval wall inscription by a Donor (per Wikimedia)

The medieval wall offers a unique opportunity to take a stroll along its ramparts, providing panoramic views of the town’s charming streets, rooftops, and surrounding countryside. It’s an excellent way to experience the medieval ambiance and admire the architectural and historical significance of the town.

Exploring the wall is a popular activity for tourists, offering a glimpse into Rothenburg’s rich heritage and captivating atmosphere.

Rothenburg from above
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