Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber featuring heritage architecture and street scenes as well as a large group of people

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

Hotel Goldener Hirsch
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
3.5 out of 5
Untere Schmiedgasse 16, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, 91541
The price is ¥14,391 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Enjoy free WiFi, an attached winery, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (282 reviews)
"Outstanding 3 night stay. Great location, wonderful City. The staff was helpful & friendly, the breakfast very good, and the room very nice, stately comfortable and clean. Thank you!"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Hotel Goldener Hirsch
Romantik Hotel Markusturm
Romantik Hotel Markusturm
3 out of 5
Roedergasse 1, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, BY, 91541
The price is ¥21,461 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (510 reviews)
"Beautiful Hotel we enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

Romantik Hotel Markusturm
Villa Mittermeier Hotellerie & Restaurant
Villa Mittermeier Hotellerie & Restaurant
4 out of 5
Vorm Würzburger Tor 9, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, BY, 91541
The price is ¥16,916 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (994 reviews)
"This beautiful boutique hotel has everything (and more) that any traveller would want. The rooms are spacious, clean, decorated with flair and all the amenities are found within the room. Restaurant is on-site with fantastic food. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Villa Mittermeier Hotellerie & Restaurant
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.
Edelzimmer Rothenburg
Edelzimmer Rothenburg
3.5 out of 5
Klingengasse 8, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 91541
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Imperial City Museum and ...
Edelzimmer Rothenburg
Ferienhaus - die710
Ferienhaus - die710
4 out of 5
Judengasse 5, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 91541
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly cottage in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a balcony. Popular attractions Schrannenplatz and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Super saubere und schöne Unterkunft. Mit viel Liebe renoviertes, altes Fachwerkhaus. Gute, zentrale Lage zur Erkundung der Altstadt."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Ferienhaus - die710
Blacksmith salon with modern comfort
Blacksmith salon with modern comfort
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria
Stay at this apartment in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Enjoy WiFi, a kitchen, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Siebers Tower and Little Square are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
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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Feb 26, 2020

Very wonderful little town. I need to come back when it’s not the off season so more places would be open and operating but it was still very lovely!

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Feb 13, 2020

Love the city wall walk. Quaint town.... loved it !

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Dec 20, 2019

unique and heart warming town didn't want to leave! Well done!

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Oct 27, 2019

Our favorite stop in Germany. Must do the Night watchmans tour and walk the wall. Amazing little town with so much heart.

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Oct 7, 2019

Unique city with great food and great views

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Oct 7, 2019

Take the night watchman tour- well worth the €8.