Rothenburg is possibly Germany’s most loved medieval town. Situated on both the Romantic Road and the Castle Road, thousands of visitors arrive each year to experience the fairy-tale atmosphere. During the festive period, things become even more magical. The historic Christmas market bathes the city in light and sends delicious smells through the cobbled streets, whilst smiling faces can be seen walking amongst the stalls.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit, though, here are some great ways to get to know this wonderful destination.
Take A Watchman’s Tour
There are a variety of different tours that take you around Rothenburg, teaching you about its history and showing you some of its most famous sights. A great way to add a bit of fun to your explorations is to take a tour with the night watchman. As darkness descends, you will be shown medieval secrets and told stories of how this was once one of the largest settlements in the country. There’s no need to book in advance, you can simply meet in the market square at 8pm. Tours are operated daily between 18th March and 30th December at a cost of €8.
Visit The Christmas Museum
With the Christmas Museum and the Käthe Wohlfahrt store, visitors can experience some festive cheer even when the Christmas market isn’t in town. Here, you will be able to learn about the pre-Christian origins of Christmas in Germany and see how celebrations and decorations have evolved over the years. There are also plenty of chances to purchase some festive souvenirs for the tree.
Walk The Walls
A big part of Rothenburg’s medieval charm is the well-preserved walls around the outside of the town. You can access these by climbing the stairs next to various towers and there are some fantastic views to enjoy as you make your way around. A number of imposing gates punctuate your route along the walls, demonstrating the beauty as well as the history behind these fortifications.
Learn About The Wine Culture
Wine has been important to the people of Rothenburg ever since it played a role in saving the town during the 30 Years’ War. General von Tilly challenged the mayor at the time to drink three and a half litres in one go, which he managed to do, sparing Rothenburg from the force of 60,000 men. Today, there are many opportunities to sample Franconian wine and to see how it is made. You can also tour the vineyards along the Tauber River or enjoy the fun at the annual Rothenburg Wine Festival in August.
Whether you choose to combine a trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber with visits to other towns and cities in the area or you wish to spend a couple of days enjoying the Christmas markets, we can help you plan the perfect city break. Call our team on 0800 988 3369 for more details.