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Germany’s Most Medieval City: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Guten Tag and welcome to Germany’s medieval paradise….

Rothenburg ob der Tauber – once you get your head around how to pronounce the name of the town, you will bask in its cobblestoned glory. We promise!

I always knew that Rothenburg was one of Germany’s gems but for some reason, I’d never found a reason to go. That was until I had an Australian friend visiting me. Whenever I have friends over, I’m always keen to get exploring and over the three days with her, we took my car and drove to the Felsenmeer Forest, Heidelberg and then Rothenburg. (For those following this blog, a Heidelberg post is coming very soon!)

Basically we drove from Frankfurt straight to Rothenburg. It was an easy drive, you just stick to one highway the entire way. The town is very sleepy, quiet and you will have no worries driving in. Trust me, I’m Germany’s best worst driver.

There are small car parks in the very centre of town, as in *within* the old town walls. I wouldn’t recommend doing this. Why? Well it’s full of narrow streets and cobblestones – perfect for pedestrians really.

There are 5 carparks or Parkhaus (in German) and you need to keep your eyes peeled for P1, P2, P3, P4 or P5. They are all well signed.

I think we found P5 quite easily, paid our fee (not much, it’s Germany so mega cheap) and off we went! It’s impossible to get lost here – why? Well the entire old town is surrounded by a beautiful, medieval town fortress or wall and once you’re in, you’re in.

The funny thing is the weather was beautiful the entire way to Rothenburg and the minute we stepped foot inside, it began to rain. But fear not pedestrians! No need for an umbrella. Rothenburg’s town wall is complete with an internal tunnel and you can walk 100% around and above the town, stopping as you please to take photos. Basically have a look at the photos below and you’ll see what I mean.

As usual, I’ll let the photos tell the story but if you have any questions, just leave me a message.

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We’ve just entered the inside of the old town.


Go on a Monday! Not as many tourists and you will enjoy clear streets.


How sweet 🙂


Full of cute little hotels.


Standing inside the tunnel which wraps around the entire town.


See the tunnel? Totally under cover so no need to worry about the rain.


Fresh air – I love German villages.


Classic Franconia style.


Nice little place to live.


From the undercover wall.


Inside the wall and proof that I was there!


The wall wraps around the entire village.


Old school!


We were there in summer.




Virtually like a little Christmas town. I think they have one of the world’s most spectacular Christmas markets too.


Nice place for a wedding?


Cutie pie!


Empty streets on a Monday.


If you come to Rothenburg, the classic local thing to eat is the Schneebaellchen.


Hidden tip, try it but it wasn’t too good! (The balls are made of dough and they sit there for 6 weeks until sold – so they kind of tasted stale 🙁 Sorry Rothenburg!)


The quintessential tourist shot!


Classic style.


More of the wall.


Town square. If you can, climb to the top of the Rathaus Tower. We couldn’t get in as it closed at 5PM and we arrived at 5:15PM so the typical German ‘Punktlichkeit’ got the better of us. This was the highest peak we could reach.


One part of Kaptain Kenny in Rothenburg!




From underneath the Rathaus. (No it’s not a house for rats, that means Town Hall in German.)


Okay, once the rain cleared, some tourists came out of the woodworks.


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