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Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Widely considered one of the most attractive towns in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber lies along the 'Romantic Road' tourist route. Picturesquely positioned along the River Tauber, the old city walls and towers have remained untouched since the Thirty Years War of 1618.

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Market Square
St. George's Fountain
Medieval City Walls
St. Jacob's Church
Medieval Streets
Town Hall
Castle Gate
View from Burggarten

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Walking the Medieval City

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, and the most famous stop along the ‘Romantic Road’. The old Bavarian Imperial City is also widely considered one of the most attractive towns in Germany, with visitors flocking in from all over the world every year. The walls and buildings look much as they did in the 16th century with half-timbered houses and characteristic steeply pitched roofs along narrow stone-paved streets.

I visited Rothenburg in 2016 on a trip with some friends making my way from western Germany all the way down to southern Croatia. On that two week road trip we hit Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bosnia, and Croatia – Rothenburg definitely stood out as one of my favorites.

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Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

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Burggarten (Castle Garden):

Get stunning views of the medieval village from the castle gardens, something many tourists miss.

 

Castle Walls:

 

Burggasse:

Head up Burggasse towards the castle during sunset for incredible views over the river.

Where To Stay

The best place to stay if you’re planning a night in Rothenburg is inside the old city walls. As it’s a small, walkable city anywhere inside the walls is a good location and if you can get a spot with a lovely terrace with stunning views over the valley that’s an added bonus.

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German cuisine
Traditional German food is often heavy and rich with meals including meat such as pork, beef, and poultry. Though there are many traditional dishes Germany is known for, each region has its own recipes with a great deal of diversity.
Our favorite place to eat...
Dating back to circa 900, Zur Höll is the oldest and one of the most beautiful houses in Rothenburg. Meaning literally, to Hell, a warm welcome awaits as you may savour excellent wine (some of the best in Germany) and regional cooking in the old world atmosphere.