A couple of weekends ago we got to go to one of my top Germany bucket lists locations:
Rothenburg ob der Tauber!
When I first started researching places to visit while living in Germany, one of the very first places to pop-up was Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Part of Romantic Road, Rothenburg is a walled-in medieval town that takes you right back in time the moment you enter the walls.
I’ll admit as we approached the city, I was a little skeptical. In everything I read, it made it sound as this in-the-middle-of-nowehere walled-in village. In reality there is a pretty good sized modern city surrounding the old medieval portion. However, the moment you enter the walls, it’s like traveling back in time.
Rothenburg is simply gorgeous.
As we walked towards the center of town, we kept running into another English-speaking couple and at one point, as we were both standing (gawking) taking pictures, the husband turned to me and said “it’s addicting, isn’t it? I just can’t stop taking pictures of this gorgeous place” and it was so true!
There’s a few things to do in Rothenburg such as museums, shopping, going up the Rathaus (Town Hall) tower, or walking the walls.
Our first stop was lunch as we got into town right at that time. We ate at a restaurant right by the Rathaus, which turned out to be a tiny bit pricey for our taste but the atmosphere was great and food tasty. The menu was consisted of traditional Bavarian food, which was just fine by us! From peeking at other restaurants, most all places serve similar food with the occasional gelato place and one Chinese place.
As we finished off lunch we ran into the Zorro which a) random and b) wrong country. But it was hilarious and we kept seeing him as we walked around. Including a time he really annoyed a tour guide by delaying her whole speech as the entire tour group stopped to take his picture 😂
After that we went the simple route of just walking around the town and taking in the sights. We did go into the Christmas museum and if that doesn’t get you in the Christmas mood, nothing will!
One of my favorite sights was simply going off the main road and getting to the edge of the wall and looking out into the valley / the river Tauber. It was gorgeous and depending on where you were you could see the wall and other end of the town.
We also made sure to stop at one of the bakeries in town to get some traditional Rothenburg Schneeballen (snowballs). They are balls of pastry pieces that have been deep fried and then topped off with different toppings and flavors. We got two kinds, a chocolate one and one with confectionate sugar, we all liked the powdered sugar one better and I’d almost go back just to get a dozen of these haha
Overall, this made for a nice, quick day trip for us and I’m really wanting to go back sometime around Christmas time. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is full of Christmas lights!
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Travel Tips for Rothenburg ob der Tauber
– When entering the address in your GPS, double check you have the correct Rothenburg. There’s a few of them in Germany! It’s best to enter the full name, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and if you check the map this one is just west of Nuremberg / Ansbach area.
– The city is 100% cobblestones so be sure to wear comfy shoes and take a jogging stroller or plan to wear your littles.
– Expect a crowd, specially in weekends. This is a well-known, easily accessible stop in Germany’s Romantic Road so there’ll be lots of people there.
– If driving, there’s lots of parking areas just outside the walls. As you enter the city and get close to walled-in portion, you’ll see signs for parking areas P1-P5. We went to P5, as we heard it was the larger of them all and it did not dissapoint. There was plenty of room for our SUV and it was literally right next to the wall and an entrance to the city. You can pay by the hour or get a day-pass for €5.
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