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Rothenburg

4.4
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Government Buildings
Medieval Heart of Germany
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria. It's about halfway between Frankfurt and Munich. Known for a medieval center seemingly unblemished by the passage of time, Rothenburg is encircled by a largely intact 14th-century town wall. Reaching its apex of prosperity in the 15th century as a free city, Rothenburg is now a small town and a big tourist attraction. This medieval jewel of architecture is intersected by cobbled streets and packed with well-preserved old buildings. The nation's strict preservation laws keep them that way, and keep the city firmly entrenched on many vacation itineraries. Though it may sometimes seem like a veritable medieval theme park, Rothenburg also boasts numerous modern attractions, including shops, restaurants, and museums. Add Rothenburg and other destinations to your itinerary using our Germany travel itinerary planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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Popular things to do in Rothenburg

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Altstadt ©
Neighborhood
Altstadt
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Town Walls ©
Historic Site
Town Walls
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Government Building
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) ©
Specialty Museum
Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Rothenburg

Würzburg Residence ©
World heritage site
Würzburg Residence Wurzburg
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Fortress Marienberg ©
Castle
Fortress Marienberg Wurzburg
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Historic Site
Bamberg Altstadt Bamberg
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
LEGOLAND Deutschland ©
Theme Park
LEGOLAND Deutschland Gunzburg
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Rothenburg

Burggarten ©
Garden
Burggarten
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
German Christmas Museum ©
Specialty Museum
German Christmas Museum
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Reichsstadtmuseum ©
History Museum
Reichsstadtmuseum
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Schmiedgasse ©
Landmark
Schmiedgasse
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Rothenburg

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St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche) ©
Religious Site
St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche)
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
Gerlachschmiede ©
Historic Site
Gerlachschmiede
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Burgtor und Burg ©
Historic Site
Burgtor und Burg
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Markusturm and Buttelhaus ©
Historic Site
Markusturm and Buttelhaus
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Rothenburg

Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop
Flea Market
Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Teddys Rothenburg ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Teddys Rothenburg
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kathe Wohlfahrt ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Kathe Wohlfahrt
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Rothenburg

Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus ©
History Museum
Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Faszination Gotthardbahn ©
Specialty Museum
Faszination Gotthardbahn Steinsfeld
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

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