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Castle Gate. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Castle Gate. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Marcus Tower. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Marcus Tower. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Plönlein. W.Pfitzinger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Plönlein. W.Pfitzinger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Master Draught. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourism
Master Draught. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourism
City Wall. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourismus
City Wall. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Ambassadors of Music. Photo by A.Böttger
Ambassadors of Music. Photo by A.Böttger
Marktplatz. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Marktplatz. A.Böttger, Rothenburg Tourismus
Town Hall and Marktplatz. Photo A.Böttger
Town Hall and Marktplatz. Photo A.Böttger

Rothenburg Information

Rothenburg was a free imperial city from the late Middle Ages to 1803. The name Rothenburg ob der Tauber translated means “Red fortress above the Tauber”.

The city has appeared in several Hollywood films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Rothenburg was also the inspiration for the village in the famous animated Walt Disney fantasy film Pinocchio.

With its Medieval History, the city has many sites to see and a good starting point is Marktplatz (The Market Place) with three of its famous attractions being Town Hall (Rathaus), the Clock Tower (Glockenspiel Meistertrunk) and the St Georges Fountain built in 1608. Another popular tourist place is the old City Gate (Burgtor) with the imperial gardens and the garden wall offering outstanding views of the valley surrounding Rothenburg.

Walking through the city another interesting place is the Sieber Tower and the Plönlein triangular place. The Plönlein is one of the most photographed places in Rothenburg and Plönlein translated means “Plain” however there is nothing plain about this area as it is bedazzling looking like something out of a fairytale storybook.

The Medieval Criminal Museum located in Burggasse is fascinating and one of the best medieval museums in the world. The museum features instruments of torture and plenty of historical documents on the medieval laws and execution methods that were used. There are also paintings of witch tracing which are quite interesting and well worth seeing.

There are two notable churches in Rothenburg with the St Jakobs church being the most popular and visited. Impressive in size, it also features a carved scene of Jesus and the sleeping apostles as well as a cemetery right next to the church were wealthy people of the town were buried.

There are plenty of events happening all year round in Rothenburg all however one not to miss seeing is The Master Draught (Der Meistertrunk) held in May where the townsfolk dress up and recreate the medieval times.

For more holiday information on Rothenberg you may also want to see the government website Rothenberg Tourismus

View of Rothenberg ob der Tauber. W.Pfitzinger, Rothenberg Tourismus Service
View of Rothenberg ob der Tauber. W.Pfitzinger, Rothenberg Tourismus Service
Christmas Market, Rothenberg. W.Pfitzinger, Rothenberg Tourismus Service
Christmas Market, Rothenberg. W.Pfitzinger, Rothenberg Tourismus Service