If you ever take the Romantic Road, then a stop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber (meaning ”above theTauber River”) is a must. Considered by many as the perfect German fairy tale town, this place willmake the travellers feel like they live in a medieval theme park. And, because of this, Rothenburg has the strictest conservation orders from all of Germany. Elevated to a Free Imperial City in 1274,Rothenburg became one of the most important city states of the middle ages. In 1631, during theThirty Years War, Rothenburg was taken by imperial troops. Ex-Mayor Nusch saved the town bydrinking 3 litres of wine in a single gulp, the so-called "Master draught". One walk through its old town, with its web of cobbled lanes and the 14th century defensive wall will make everyoneunderstand why this is an unmissable location.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Rothenburg Town Hall (Rathaus), Rothenburg, Middle Franconia, Franconia, BavariaThe Market Square is the center of urban life in Rothenburg and also the place where some of themost important tourist attractions can be admired like the Town Hall, the Councillors' Tavern and St.George's Fountain. If you are up to it, climb up the 50m Town Hall Tower (tickets not included andbased on availability) for some special views and good photo oportunity and listen to the story of theTown Hall Renaissance building from the 16th century.Duration: 18 minutesStop At: Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), Rothenburg, Middle Franconia, Franconia, BavariaDo not miss the Master-Builder's House, one of the “loveliest renaissance house in Rothenburg” withits stone sculptures with the seven virtues and seven deadly sins. Close by you can admireMarienapotheke, the 15th century mansion built by Mayor Jagstheimer. South of the Market Squareyou can find the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum, full of examples of torture tools andequipment. Not for the faint-hearted.Duration: 18 minutesStop At: Das Plonlein, Rothenburg, Middle Franconia, Franconia, BavariaThe Plönlein (Flat Square) is the place you normally find a picture of in all the travel guides for Germany. Two access roads form a small triangular square, which is Plönlein, often referred to as oneof the most photographed spots in Germany.Duration: 18 minutesStop At: Town Walls, Rothenburg, Middle Franconia, Franconia, BavariaThe Town Wall goes around the Old Town, making a head shape figure on the outskirts of the Altstadt. Do climb the Wall for a good vantage point to see the town. Church of St. James, with itsmasterpiece ”The Last Supper” by sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider, is the only protestant churchwith a roman-catholic relic.Duration: 18 minutesStop At: Vieille Ville, Rothenburg, Middle Franconia, Franconia, BavariaChurch of St. James, with itsmasterpiece ”The Last Supper” by sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider, is the only protestant churchwith a roman-catholic relic.End your tour in the Old Town and enjoy a leisure walk on your own through the narrow streets orjust enjoy a local beer and some traditional dishes in one of the historical buildings close by.Duration: 18 minutes