About Rothenburg

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world.

Rothenburg was a Free Imperial City from the late Middle Ages to 1803.  -Source by Wikipedia

Name Rothenburg

The name “Rothenburg ob der Tauber” means, in German, “Red fortress above the Tauber”. This is so because the town is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. As to the name “Rothenburg”, some say it comes from the German words Rot (Red) and Burg (burgh, medieval fortified settlement), referring to the red colour of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. The name may also refer to the process of retting (“rotten” in German) flax for linen production. -Source by Wikipedia

Rothenburg History

Rothenburg was founded in the 12th century and has the claim of being a free town from 1274 onwards. The town saw its hayday around 1400 when Heinrich Toppler was the mayor.

During the thirty years war, the town was beleaguered, stormed and conquered in 1631 by the kingl troops lead by Count Tilly. From 1803 the town belonged to Bavaria. During the Second World War, Rothenburg was heavily bombed and about 40% of the town was destroyed. A faithful re-construction of the town has ensured that it retains its charm. With the administrative reforms in the 1970s Rothenburg has become a so-called district town. -Source by Eut


Festivals in Rothenburg

Performances of the Meistertrunk play traditionally took place at Whitsun, but they have now been extended to other festivals in Rothenburg in the summer months.

The Schäfertanz – the shepherds’ dance stemming from the days of the plague – has also been revived and the celebration is carried out several times in the summer.

The Rothenburg Wine Festival (Rothenburger Weindorf) is held in high season with stands offering local wines and food and concerts by all kinds of musicians.

The Rothenburg Advent Market, or Christmas Market, starts in November and offers a different experience than the year-round Christmas shops, with stalls offering seasonal food and gifts set up in the market square. -Source by Romantic Road Germany


Must See Attractions in Rothenburg

  • The medieval architecture and fortification wall are amongst the highlights of Rothenburg.
  • The market square with the impressive town hall and wonderful patrician houses is the meeting place for locals & visitors.
  • Crime museum, Christmas museum, Doll & Toy museum, Imperial City Dungeon
  • St. Jakobskirche with the famous Heiligblutaltar (Holy Blood Altar) by Tilman Riemenschneider
  • Watch the key scene from the historical play “The Master Draught” at the Ratsherrntrinkstube. Source by Germany Insider Facts