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Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Reichsstadtmuseum

Highlights of the Reichsstadtmuseum, housed in a former Dominican convent, include the Rothenburger Passion (1494), a cycle of 12 panels by Martinus Schwarz, and the oldest convent kitchen in Germany, as well as wea…
Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum

If you're glad Christmas comes but once every 365 days, then stay well clear of the Käthe Wohlfahrt Weihnachtsdorf, a Yuletide superstore that also houses this Christmas Museum. This repository of all things 'Ho! Ho…
Church in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Jakobskirche

One of the few places of worship in Bavaria to charge admission, Rothenburg's Lutheran parish church was begun in the 14th century and finished in the 15th. The building sports some wonderfully aged stained-glass wi…
Historic Site in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Stadtmauer

With time and fresh legs, a 2.5km circular walk around the unbroken ring of town walls gives a sense of the importance medieval man placed on defending his settlement. A great lookout point is the eastern tower, the…
Theatre in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Historisches Festspiel ‘Der Meistertrunk’

Takes place on Whitsuntide, with parades, dances and a medieval market. The highlight is the re-enactment of the mythical Meistertrunk story. The Meistertrunk play itself is performed three more times: once during…
Bavarian in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Mittermeier

Supporters of the slow food movement and deserved holders of a Michelin Bib Gourmand, this hotel restaurant pairs punctilious craftsmanship with top-notch ingredients, sourced regionally whenever possible. There are…
Historic Building in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus

Hidden down a little alley is the Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, where numerous artisans – including coopers, weavers, cobblers and potters – have their workshops today, and mostly have had for the house’s more th…
Franconian in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Gasthof Goldener Greifen

Erstwhile home of Heinrich Toppler, one of Rothenburg's most famous medieval mayors (the dining room was his office), the 700-year-old Golden Griffin is the locals' choice in the touristy centre serving a hearty men…
Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum

Medieval implements of torture and punishment are on show at this gruesomely fascinating museum. Exhibits include chastity belts, masks of disgrace for gossips, a cage for cheating bakers, a neck brace for quarrelso…
Franconian in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Weinstube zum Pulverer

The ornately carved timber chairs in this ancient wood-panelled wine bar (allegedly Rothenburg's oldest) are works of art. Its simple but filling dishes, like soup in a bowl made of bread, gourmet sandwiches and cak…