When it comes to Germany, there is so much more than the major cities we all love. My road trip across germany was all about exploring the unknown and finding new places for people to put on their bucket list. Traveling has always been about the fantasy for me. It’s about finding the places people dream about when watching Disney films.
My favorite city in Germany is Rothenburg Ob der Tauber. It’s located about halfway between Frankfurt and Munich on a romantic road in Barvaria. Rothenburg is famous for its well preserved medieval architecture and its untouched town wall that surrounds the entire city. What brings this magical city to life, is its colorful cottages, cobblestone streets and cute cafes. Around every corner is a new sight or alley to explore, so follow the cobblestone road and find out why everyone who visits Rothenburg falls in love!
Rothenburg is filled with camera capturing corners so whether you’re just stopping by or staying overnight, be sure to check out my favorite things to do while visiting this enchanting city.
1.) Market Square and Town hall (Marktplatz)
This is the heart of the town and the perfect place to start when entering the city walls. Rothenburg’s Town Hall Tower (Rathaus) was built in the 13th century and is still used for theatrical performances and concerts. If you love a good birds eye view, you can take the 241 steps to get to the top of the tower for some of the best views over old town.
Insider Tip: 2 Euro Admission and totally worth it
2.) The little Square Plonlein
This charming intersection, is without a doubt, one of the most photographed spots in Rothenburg. Plonlein was the inspiration for the village in the 1940s Walt Disney Movie, Pinocchino. It has also been seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2. As soon as I found this out, I knew I had to come here and see it with my own eyes and capture a picture of my very own.
Insider Tip: arrive early morning or late afternoon to avoid photobombers
3.) Rothenburg Sweets
Rothenburg’s alleyways are filled with bakeries, pastry shops and cafes with everything from German chocolates and Kaffe (coffee) to a Rothenburg favorite, Schneeball. This fried ball of pastry dough is coated with powered sugar or dipped in chocolate fondue. The pastry is a signature dish of the town and a must try when getting into the Rothenburg spirit!
4.) Night Watchmans Tour
I’m rarely one do to a city tour, but I heard so many people rave about this and I had to give it a try. This 1 hour walking tour gathers in the main square at 8pm to follow the watchman on his walk of the city. The watchman gives lots of historical information about Rothenburg during the middle ages, while keeping it fun and filled with his good sense of humor.
Insider Tip: Euros and you pay at the end
5.) Dine at an 1100 year old Restaurant
Zur Holle is the oldest restaurant in Rothenburg dating back to the 900’s. If you’re looking for authentic Barvarian cuisine in a lovely quaint medieval atmosphere, put Zur Holle on your list. It’s more than a meal, it’s an experience.
I wish you the perfect trip to Rothenburg Ob der Tauber. Feel free to share your own travel stories or tips on navigating this amazing town!