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Burgtor und Burg, Rothenburg

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Built in 1356 after the castle of Rothenburg was destroyed, Burgtor und Burg served as the city's main gate and fortification. Notice the smaller door hidden within the larger gate: this allowed a single person to pass through without opening the entire gate, thus protecting the city from possible attack. Also look for the mask face near the top of the gate, a spot into which hot tar was poured through and onto enemies. The coat of arms of both the city and the empire adorn the wood. A visit to Burgtor und Burg represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Rothenburg itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • It was built because of an earthquake in 1356, to protect the city. Today, gives access to Castle Gardens (private Imperial), which overlook the beautiful Tauber Valley.
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  • This narrow gateway now provides access to the garden but in medieval times it was apparently available to late comers to the city who could enter one at a time (provided they paid the toll). It was m...  more »
  • This defensive gate had to protect the old town, so the attacker came from the west. Who wants to leave the town in the night had to leaf this part because you could go out to the so-called needle eye...  more »

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Consider lodging in a guesthouse or bed and breakfast located in the city's Old Town. Lodging outside the walls may save a few dollars, however. Many lodging options are close enough to offer access to city sites on foot.
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