Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Plönlein, a former marketplace: on the left side, the Siebers-gate; on the right, the Kobolzeller-gate

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town along the Romantic Road in Bavaria, Germany, about halfway in between Frankfurt and Munich. It is best known for its medieval town center (Altstadt), seemingly untouched by the passage of time, encircled by the undamaged 14th century town wall. In the Middle Ages, Rothenburg ob der Tauber was a free imperial city, reaching its apex of prosperity under mayor Heinrich Toppler in the 15th century with a large population of 6,000 - much larger than Frankfurt or Munich at that time. Today Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a small, quaint town and a big tourist attraction. Especially popular with American and Japanese tour-buses and organized groups, the town can feel a bit overcrowded sometimes, but its sheer beauty makes up for that and more than justifies its popularity.

Get in

By plane

By car

By train

By tour

Get around


Walking will get you from one end of town to the other in about 15 min.


Going by car is absolutely unnecessary and at times impossible.

The route Charming Tauber Valley (Classic) from Rothenburg ob der Tauber via Bad Mergentheim and Tauberbischofsheim to Wertheim.

In the spring and summer, biking is also highly recommended. There are a lot of bike lanes and special bike roads with no cars.

From Rothenburg ob der Tauber you can start a popular bicycle tour by the "Lovely Tauber valley" (also "Charming Tauber valley"), about Weikersheim, Bad Mergentheim, Lauda and Tauberbischofsheim, till you reach just 100 kms removed Wertheim. Recommended daily stages of the route "Charming Tauber Valley (Classic)":

From Wertheim, you can cycle back to Rothenburg ob der Tauber with five recommended extra stages of the route "Charming Tauber Valley (Sportive)":


Town hall and Market square
The Market square
Klingentor, one of the gates to the city



Schneeballen (snowballs) a Rothenburg specialty


If you plan to stay in Rothenburg for a few days, keep in mind that the restaurants cater to the daily bus tours. This means that you should try to get in to eat dinner by 8 pm - especially in the low season, because few places are open much later than 10 pm.


Historic sign "Gasthof Greifen"


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