The medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is probably one of the most picturesque towns that I and my family have ever come across with. The place, which is actually an old Bavarian Imperial City, is beyond delightful and too cute for mere words to describe. In this post, we’ll point out the top things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and the spots that you need to see. So get your pen and paper ready as we are about to lay down the details.
The Rothenburg ob der Tauber is widely considered by many as one of the most impressive Germanic towns that was able to preserve the golden glories of its past. Perched beautifully along the steep banks of the mighty River Tauber, it is mostly known for its walls, towers, churches, and old buildings. These architectural splendors were once threatened to be destroyed during the Thirty Years War of 1618. Thankfully, they remained untouched for us to admire today.
Bite-sized Tourist Town…
One thing that we can say about the town is that it’s exceptionally small. But don’t be fooled by its size! This petite of a place is packed with lots of amazing attractions and tons of festive events that tourists will surely love. If you also come to think of it, it’s compactness offers great advantage for visitors who intend to visit as many of the best sights even for just a single day.
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Top Things to Do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Join the Night Watchman Tour
The Night Watchman Tour is a must-have experience for those who visit Rothenburg. Around 8 in the evening, a couple dozen of people would meet in the city’s Old Town Square. The purpose is for them to hear the so-called Night Watchman tells tales of the Medieval life in this village.
As an added effect, he’d be carrying a lantern, a horn, and a bottle called halberd. Together, the pack will stroll the old streets of Rothenburg and its dark alleyways.
It’s a different kind of experience that Kyle surprisingly love. The activity is quite humorous and silly but I have to admit that we gained a lot of insights about this pretty town.
Shop at Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store
It’s Christmas all year round at Rothenburg! At the Christmas store, you’ll find some of the most exciting holiday attractions. This may include displays of old Christmas artefacts and seasonal materials. Make sure to drop by and admire the unique ornaments like tree decors, nativity scenes, figurines, and Santa Clauses.
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Walk along the Castle Gardens
One of the most striking features of the Gardens are the geometric flower beds which was built around the 17th century. There are also sandstone figures which symbolize the four seasons of the year. Your eyes will also be drawn towards the quaint view of the southern part of the town. To the left is the Tauber Valley, the Doubel Bridge, as well as the Kobolzeller Church.
Stroll Around Plönlein
This little portion of the town seems like to come right out of a fairytale book. Think of Belle’s “quiet village” where her neighbours will pop out from the windows to say hello. The place, which literally means “Little Square” is nothing more than an intersection. On its midst is a tall building which divides two streets. One of them goes up to the Siebers Tower while the other descends to the Kobolzeller Tower.
Take Pictures At the Market Square
During sunset or the blue hour, photographers of professional and amateur skill levels would gather round in this part of town to capture images of the buildings. The reflection of the sunset on the structures is truly breath-taking.
Marvel at the Town Hall
Don’t miss to see the magnificent Town Hall (Rathaus) of Rothenburg. This structure is considered as one of the finest that was ever built in this part of Germany. Its double fronted Gothic-style will surely make architects and artists grovel at its grace.
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Pay Homage at Saint Jacob’s Church
When you’re from the Town Hall, make sure to pass by at Kirchengemeinde St. Jakob. Completed around the 15th century, the church is a heavenly sight to behold, not only for believers but also for those who just admire things that are beautiful. A tourist highlight is the Altar of the Holy Blood. It’s a wood carving which dates back from 1505, representing the Last Supper.
Scale the Old Town Walls
Another must-do while in Rothenburg is taking the half hour walk around the walls of the city. The best time to do this is early in the morning when there are just a few people around. Make sure to capture the reflection of the rising sun on the roofs of nearby buildings.
Join A Festival!
There are over a dozen annual festivals happening at Rothenburg. During these times, the town comes to life in an ever-dazzling way. Events may include reenactments of Medieval celebrations, wine festivals, and of course, the Christmas Market!
Get Lost in the City
Adventurers at heart would love to explore the hidden gems of Old Town Rothenburg. Every nook and cranny holds secrets that needs to be discovered. We had fun strolling along the small streets of the town, drop by at some curious shops, and witness the locals go about their business.
Exploring this historic Bavarian city is a pleasure beyond compare. If you think there’s still other top things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, then please write them in the comments below. We would love to try it by ourselves!