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Kriminalmuseum, Rothenburg

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
If you're curious about ancient punishment and torture, you'll want to stop by Kriminalmuseum. Four floors with more than 130 displays reveal the history of European law and punishment, starting with the medieval period. Be aware that the exhibits explaining the penalties that were meted out during this time might make you squeamish. The sections that focus on the development of German law are especially interesting. A guided tour will help you go even more in-depth. Many aspects of the museum may not be suitable for children--or the faint of heart. Take a look at our Rothenburg itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Kriminalmuseum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Came across this museum because of a fellow traveler that was in our group was talking about it.The admission is inexpensive. A very good collection of torture items that were used to extract confessi...  read more »
  • You have to guard against museum fatigue while on vacation. If you spend too much time in museums, you find yourself walking past exhibits, eyes glazed over, waiting until you can get outside and brea...  read more »
  • We only spent one day in Rothenburg so we chose our activities based on the advice of Rick Steves. It is very interesting. Really makes you think about the things that have been accepted as normal by ...  read more »
  • The museum does provide museum hunters a glimpse into what we seldom thought about - life, law and punishments in medieval periods. However if you are not a keen visitors of museums and just looking for impressive displays to take a photo, you could just take photos with the pillory on the outside and skip the museum totally. Having said that, I personally found the experience gratifying, improving my ignorance on life in the past and feeling more grateful of my comparatively better modern life.
  • Medieval torture devices, papal bulls, indulgences, witch catchers, masks of shame, wanted posters, and more. There are artifacts in this museum to capture the attention of everyone from a young boy or girl to a medievalist scholar. Very cool museum. The moderately interested person will need about 90 minutes to tour the museum thoroughly.
  • Very depressing but also informative. Little under half is in english, but there is still way too much to read. Lots of repeats on the exhibits, but there are only so many different devices that exist. Tons of text material if you like to read for hours.
  • Interesting look at the history of German criminal system
  • A very interesting museum specializing in everything about medieval criminal justice. It's really hard to imagine what the justice means at that time.
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