Rothenburg ob der Tauber | Germany


Rothenburg has made the favorites list in the household!

There is no denying the fact that Van and I both love Germany. We both just feel really comfortable when we are in Germany. And while we were visiting for the first time, we were able to visit the most spectacular little town. Enter Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The town is the quaintest and most picturesque medieval village you will ever visit! While we went primarily to visit the Christmas Markets, the town exudes charm all year round. The Christmas Market was actually much less impressive than I imagined….maybe because we had already visited the Dusseldorf and Cologne markets…but nonetheless, it set the perfect scene for our stay.


Upon arrival at our hotel, Romantik Hotel Markstrum (which I absolutely recommend), our hotel receptionist recommended the evening Night Watchman Tour. I had heard about this tour before but wasn’t sure if we would enjoy it.  However, no reservations were required, so we figured we would go check it out and follow along if it interested us. Well…IT DID! It was such a neat little tour to take. We learned a lot of Rothenburg's history and had a lot of laughs along the way. And it was super foggy so we had an excellent setting.





Taking the tour allowed us to get a good grasp on the layout of the city for the next day. I highly recommend taking this tour during the fall/winter. I don’t think it would have the same effect if you are taking the tour and there is still daylight! But it is cheap and enjoyable, so you make the call!




During the day, we wandered around the streets just in awe of the excellent preservation of the medieval town. The town was very wealthy up until the early 1600s due to its location on trade routes, but after an invasion of troops during the Thirty Years War in 1631, the town went into financial ruin which kept the town from modernization. Therefore we have a wonderfully preserved medieval village. It started to attract visitors in the 1800s, looking to visit this quaint little village. However, Rothenburg was almost destroyed during WWII.




During WWII, Allied forces knew that German forces, and a few important Nazi figures, were stationed in Rothenburg to protect it as it symbolized what a German home town should be. So one foggy day, the Allied bombers dropped bombs onto the city. While a portion of the city was destroyed, a large portion remained intact. And the story goes, the US Secretary of War at the time remembered a painting of Rothenburg that his parents had from a previous visit and he remembered how they would talk about how much they adored the city. So he ordered the commanding General of the Army not to use artillery when approaching the town. He said the town was too important of a place to destroy. When the Army arrived, they were able to take the town with no damage to the village by arranging an agreement with the German commanders at Rothenburg (who were going against Hitler's wishes to fight at all costs) Amazing right?









We wandered around until we reached a point in the city walls that we could climb up into. We decided to walk the city walls until we didn't feel like walking anymore. It was such an enjoyable walk, let me tell you. Being able to gaze across the village, across the spires and rooftops, was a pretty amazing experience.







By the end of our walk around the city wall, the sun started to shine and we immediately had that feeling....do we really have to leave?







German magic my friends! If you ever are in this region of Germany, be sure to make a stop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, even if it is brief. You will not be disappointed!

Eat: 
Authentic German dishes, on the market square, decent prices
Stay:
Superb service, huge rooms, excellent location
Do: 
Walk around the city walls (FREE)
Take the Nightwatchman's Tour (7 Euro pp)

And that wraps up our German travels over the past two months! To catch up on past posts, head over to my Travels page and scroll down to Germany.

Onto the next....Paris!!

Linking up with the Travel Tuesday ladies and Treat Yo'Self Thursday!

28 comments

  1. Lovely photos of Rothenburg! We went two years ago to see its Christmas markets, and I just fell in love with the town. Then my parents came out to spend Christmas with us this year, and we got to take them to Rothenburg. I loved it just as much visiting a second time - just the prettiest German town!


    I love those foggy photos you got on the Nightwatchman tour! We did that the first year we visited and enjoyed it. That fog makes for the perfect setting!

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  2. Isn't it the perfect place to take visitors?! Just postcard perfect! And it is so laid back....I think that's what I loved most.

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  3. It feels like it's not even real when you are visiting! I could go back again and again :)

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  4. The buildings are so beautiful and the scenery is so peaceful.

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  5. What an adorable little town! I love how you added the suggestions at the end. Really helpful.

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  6. Nice. Man, I have got to get on the Europe thing - this spate of uber-idyllic little towns has got me itching to travel over there!

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  7. Europe's where it's at girl!! I love it over here....I am going to go kicking and screaming when we have to move :( Ugh.

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  8. It was just perfect! Everything you imagin it would be.....and super small, so it's easily explored in a day!

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  9. Everything about the town was so peaceful! No hustle and bustle, just German countryside perfection!

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  10. What an interesting history! I love learning about WW2, I'm glad it wasn't destroyed!! thanks for sharing!

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  11. Rothenburg = magic. I just wish it wasn't so ding dang hard to get to or I'd be wanting to get over there all the time! Beautiful photos, as usual. The Nightwatchman is such a badass. I hung out with him after my tour and drank schnapps and he regaled us with tales about living in R-burg. Can't believe how long he's been doing these tours... he must really love his job... and I mean, what's not to love? His pun about "going to Hell" always makes me giggle, even now.

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  12. What?!? You got to hang with the nightwatchman?? That's awesome! He was hilarious...I really couldn't get over how funny he was. But hey, I would keep doing the tour too if I was him...we had about 25 people on our tour, which equals about 175 Euro for less than an hours worth of work!

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  13. WW2 history is my favorite. And all of these places we visit all have a different WW2 story to tell. I was surprised to learn that this tiny little town was on the destroy list, and I am so thankful for the American guy who saved it!!

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  14. I love seeing pictures of Rothenburg. It just looks like the absolute perfect German town! I didn't know the story from WWII but that is soooo cool! How amazing that it managed to escape major destruction like that.

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  15. I have yet to go to Rothenburg (and I only have a month left...no!!!) so maybe after my thesis is done, I can visit for a day! Didn't realize that even though by car it is only like 90 minutes away...it takes 3 train connections!!! What?! Looks adorable though!!!

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  16. Ive not scratched the surface of what Germany has to offer, I have visited Baden Baden but other than that nothing! My fiances brother has just moved to Nuremberg so we really should visit!

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  17. Nuremberg looks fabulous! We found that Germany was fun to travel by car....and with the Autobahn, you get to different cities pretty quickly!

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  18. Yes, rent a car and go! It's part of the Romantic Road so there are bound to be a few other major stops along the way :) Can't wait to hear about your upcoming move eeekkk!!!

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  19. Rothenburg would be a great place to visit! It's small and laid back so you wouldn't be to overwhelmed. And....it's not too terribly pricey to eat and stay!!

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  20. I love it when the historical part of the town is really interesting! You must go sometime...it's a great little day trip :)

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  21. The town looks so cute! Love your photos of it!

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  22. This makes me even MORE excited for my upcoming trip! I hope it's still dark out in April during the tour. Can't wait to see this insanely cute town in person!

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  23. I'm trying to book my next trip to Europe so we can hit Germany this time around. And when I do I'll have to check this town out for sure!

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  24. It is so gorgeous there! And you gave some great tips - Adding it to my ever-growing list

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  25. Good to see someone who also loves Germany. I studied German in Tubingen few years ago and thus had an opportunity to travel all around the country. I really enjoyed their culture, christmas markets, architecture, bakeries and beer. Meeting and talking to people was always a pleasure! I love their language because it so precise! Hope to come back there one day and thanks for recalling so much good memories! I almost to forget to tell you amazing photos!
    Have a nice day! :)

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  26. That is gorgeous! I think the way you describe it matches exactly what I'm seeing in these photos - just so damn quaint! And love the story about the way it was saved at the end of the WWII!

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  27. I wish had more time in Germany, because this town is just so cute and picturesque! Amazing photos. :)

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