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Rothenburg

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Popular things to do in Rothenburg

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Neighborhood
Altstadt
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Site
Town Walls
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Government Building
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria. It's about halfway between Frankfurt and Munich. Known for a medieval center seemingly unblemished by the passage of time, Rothenburg is encircled by a largely intact 14th-century town wall. Reaching its apex of prosperity in the 15th century as a free city, Rothenburg is now a small town and a big tourist attraction. This medieval jewel of architecture is intersected by cobbled streets and packed with well-preserved old buildings. The nation's strict preservation laws keep them that way, and keep the city firmly entrenched on many vacation itineraries. Though it may sometimes seem like a veritable medieval theme park, Rothenburg also boasts numerous modern attractions, including shops, restaurants, and museums. Add Rothenburg and other destinations to your itinerary using our Germany travel itinerary planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.

Side trips from Rothenburg

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World heritage site
Würzburg Residence Wurzburg
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Castle
Fortress Marienberg Wurzburg
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Bamberg Altstadt Bamberg
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Theme Park
LEGOLAND Deutschland Gunzburg
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Rothenburg

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Garden
Burggarten
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
German Christmas Museum
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Reichsstadtmuseum
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Schmiedgasse
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Rothenburg

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Religious Site
St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche)
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Site
Gerlachschmiede
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Burgtor und Burg
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Markusturm and Buttelhaus
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Rothenburg

Flea Market
Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Teddys Rothenburg
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kathe Wohlfahrt
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Rothenburg

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History Museum
Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Faszination Gotthardbahn Steinsfeld
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

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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.
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