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Germany Travel: Rothenburg Ob der Tauber Medieval Town

Updated on June 5, 2013
View of the old town and wall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.
View of the old town and wall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. | Source

Take a Step back in Medieval Time

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a small medieval town in Bavaria, Germany. We arrived there from Frankfurt by train. While slowly approaching the town, we could see its walls in the far distance. It was like taking a step back in time. We took a taxi from the station to our hotel, Hotel Roterhahn, in the Old Town because we had many bags to carry, but it is quite close to reach by foot. We stayed here for five nights because of a business trip and thus could only do some sightseeing late in the afternoons. My husband and I traveled with a small child of three years old and had to adjust our sightseeing to accommodate him. Most residents can speak good English, but language was never a problem because I understand German very well.

A visit to the Christmas shop is a must.
A visit to the Christmas shop is a must. | Source
Exploring the old Town in a unique way.
Exploring the old Town in a unique way. | Source
Try these Scheeballen.
Try these Scheeballen. | Source
The market square in the Old Town.
The market square in the Old Town. | Source

A German Surprise around every Corner

Kathe Wolfahrt's Christmas Shop is a child's dream and a fantasy land. Adults also find it irresistible. Puppets, moving animals, and lots of Christmas items are on display. Even if you do not want to shop for Christmas goods, only walking through the shop and seeing everything is entertaining.

The market square with its Town Hall and five old city gates and connecting wall reflect the archaic spirit of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. One can easily explore the entire old city by walking around on this wall. It is also amusing to walk up and down the many stairs (if you are fit enough).

Numerous tourists gather at the market square, shop at the many surrounding curiosity shops or have some food and drink at the street cafes. It is quite easy and fun to walk around the Old Town. There is a surprise around nearly every corner.

We visited various churches in the Old Town. It was fun to venture outside the Old Town to find a beautiful park. A lady was feeding the pigeons and we sat down to watch what seemed to be a daily routine. My husband found the Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) which portrays all the strange law enforcement techniques in medieval times fascinating.

We explored the Old Town on a horse carriage and really got a sense of all the surprises in the Old Town. Although the ride was expensive, I will never forget this experience

After seeing so many Schnee Ballen (Snow Balls) in the bakeries, we just had to try out this German delicatessen. Our taste buds were not disappointed.

When we visit Rothenburg Ob der Tauber again one day I really would like to do the Night Watch Tour, something we could not do with a small child.

I like this video about a day out in Rothenburg Ob der Tauber


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      6 years ago from Thailand

      The place looks beautiful and not touristy. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and interesting.


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