Spital Bastion, Rothenburg

4.7
#9 of 17 in Historic Sites in Rothenburg
A major medieval landmark in Rothenburg, Spital Bastion once represented a key part of the city's network of defensive fortifications. Constructed in the 1580s, the bastion stands on the site of a much earlier structure, which served a similar defensive purpose during the 13th century. The well-preserved fortification features an unusual design resembling a figure eight, with two courtyards and an adjacent moat. Explore the various gates and walkways, and look for the inscription over the main gate, which translates to, "Peace to those who enter, farewell to those who leave." Put Spital Bastion and other Rothenburg attractions into our Rothenburg vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
Create an itinerary including Spital Bastion
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
82 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • August 8, 2017
    The most massive part of the wall. Although there constant car traffic through the gate. The resort itself offers peace pole. Photographically interesting. Also ascend to the wall tour.
    View original
  • August 3, 2017
    One morning I decided a little early to go jogging when had not yet reached the bus of tourists to Rothemburg. On this tour I had opportunity to see all the doors to the historic centre of this beautiful city. The Spital, in the southern part, is by far the most beautiful and impressive of all. It is a bastion with circular-shaped that, a first door you access to a patio and a second to the city. The walls of the bastion rises around the courtyard. You can also visit inside. I thought it was an imposing building and no doubt I recommend you get to know this amazing place.
    View original
  • July 29, 2017
    The Spital gate is the last and strongest of all the bastions of the fortifications of the city. There is the inscription "Pax intrantibus, salus exeuntibus", which means: "Peace for those who enter, good health for those who stray. Built in the form of a number eight in 16 century, this impressive fortification was work of Leonhard Weidmann. You can walk in the defensive walls of the complex, consisting of seven gates, a portcullis, a drawbridge and a ledge where you could use cannons that protected Rothenburg of attacks.
    View original

Plan your trip to Rothenburg

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Rothenburg

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Rothenburg by other users

9 days in Germany BY A USER FROM ALBANIA April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM INDONESIA October, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Germany BY A USER FROM THAILAND October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Germany BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Germany BY A USER FROM INDIA November, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: November, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Germany BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Germany BY A USER FROM TURKEY September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans