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Kriminalmuseum, Rothenburg

(4.1/5 based on 900+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • I work in Criminal Justice, so I was very excited to see this museum. It did not disappoint. Even my husband enjoyed it, and I didn't think he would. We were glad most descriptions were in English. Th...  more »
  • A little creepy medieval crime Museum. Why located in Rothenburg. Lovely town was caught off surprise, this museum.
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  • There are several floors that comprise this museum. If you take time to read the many English descriptions on virtually all the items, you can spend several hours. We spent 2 hours and did not see it ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I expected it to be more interesting and interactive. The money spent for the ticket (7euros) wasn't worth it. Most of it was in German and so we couldn't understand a lot of it. As it was suggested visit in TripAdvisor I expected it to be translated to English.
  • It's an interesting museum with a good selection of medieval torture and shame devices. There are good bilingual descriptions of the items.
  • 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.
  • Really entertaining. Perfect for learning, eye-opening