Don't skip St. Blasius chapel, when you are interested in romanic churches. Get inside this lovely church and take a closer look for the remains of the beautiful frescos !
What a pity this building was mis-used a long time as a lapidary-museum at the beginning of the 20th century.
The park around the chapel is also a great place to relax a bit from touristy Rothenburg. Ordinary tourists are obviously totally skipping this place !
The old Casemattes (the living and working-rooms of the knights, defending the castle) is another quite interesting part of this museum in the north-end of the medieval townwall.
You may see a few cannons left and an interesting exhibition about the last days of WW II, when Rothenburg almost completely burned down after a bombing by allied troops.
At the first moment this sounds like an act of insane cruelty against such a beautiful old town without any strategical importance, BUT then you may also learn about the german General Weißenberger, who had the idea to make the city of Rothenburg his head-quaters in the very last days of the war, and about his oder to defend the city of Rothenburg untill the very last soldier...
This old smithy dates back to the year 1649 and is one ofthe most beautiful houses that you may see, when you walk on top of the townwall between Galgentor and Spitalstor.
Today the building is privately owned, but when you get there, you will still see plenty of the tools and instruments exposed there in front of the house and in that little terrace under the arcades of the building.
The beautiful guild-sign of this smithy is shown in one of my "Local custom"-tips !
The chapel of St. Blasius is a small church outside of the "Burgtor" at the est-end of Rothenburg.
Inside that church you may see some great remains of romanic frescoes.
This building was built as a part of the old palace in 1142. It was partly destroyed by an earth-quake in 1356 and became a church in the year 1400.
Today it is a place to remember the victims of both Worldwars.
You may enter St.Blasius chapel freely and without restrictions during the day.
Franziskanerkirche is another important church of Rothenburg, but it might be easily overseen, as it does not have a high spire and it is almost a bit hidden by trees, when you walk in Herrngasse from Marktplatz to Burgtor. The most important work of art, that you may see there is an early work of Tilman Riemenschneider The altar shows Saint Franziscus getting his stigmatas.
The church is open during the day and you may enter freely and without restrictions !
The Double Bridge (early fourteenth century) is a pleasant walk outside of Rothenburg.
It is found to the west of the walled town (use Kobolzeller Gate).
It was fortified just after the devastating earthquake of 1356 and formed part of Rothenburg's defenses.
This scene in this photo is the singlemost reoccuring image in my head that sums up the whole trip through Bavaria. Bird chirps and the slight trickle of a slowmoving river highlighted the sun drenched hillside pointellized with sheep chomping on grass clumps. This was just north of Rothenburg.
St.Wolfgangs-church is an interesting place to visit next to Klingentor at the north-end of the citywalls.
Besides the old defence-church with 2 beautiful altars, you may see also the "Schaefertanz-Kabinett" , exhibits about everyday live of farmers, the old Casemattes and the places, where cannons were used in order to defend Rothenburg in the medieval times. See also my next tips for places of interest inside that museum !
The church & museum are open April till September
daily from 10.00a.m. - 05.00p.m.daily (in Oct. untill 04.00p.m.)
Entrance-fee is 1,50 Euros
St. Wolfgangs-church looks rather simple from OUTside, but it has 2 really beautifully decorated altars dating back to the 15th century with nice wooden sculptures.
This church is really worth to leave the beaten path of the big tourist-groups , who will normally totally skip this great museum and church.
In the back of the church you may climb up the spiral staircase to the Museum of sheep-farming and wool-production. One of the best attractions of that museum is shown on my next tip & picture : The "Schaefertanz-Kabinett"!
Behind the church of St. Jakob you will see a large building, belonging to the church and when you get closer to it, you will see this beautifully decorated entrance-gate of that building.
When you enlarge my picture, you may see the fine details of these great sculptures.
I made a little picture-combination of the building and the best entrance-gate (the one of the tower). There is still another gate there that looks nice !
This was in fact a really nice surprise for me inside the museum , high above St.Wolfgang church.
There is a large niche in one of the rooms and behind a glass-wall you may see this lovely scene of dancing dolls in traditional costumes with the scenery of Marktplatz in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
You may insert 1 Euro and these puppets will start to dance, according to the music from the opera "Die Regimentstochter" by Donizetti.
All of these puppets are made of bread-dough, made in Neustadt bei Coburg in 1930. A similar such scenery that was built for a doll-museum in Neustadt bei Coburg was lost some years ago, when museum-mice began to eat the precious works of art...
...Banausen !!! (Philistines)
In the very south of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, far behind Siebers-Turm (the tower you may see on most of the postcards from Ploelein) you may walk towards Spitalsbastei and will pass by Spitalskirche and the quite big hospital of Rothenburg.
You may walk inside the innercourt and will see some interesting old building next to the townwall.
This charming church located just down the hill from Rothenburg ob der Tauber is nestled in the quaint village of Detwang. This architectual gem was founded in 968 and is home to a beautiful alterpiece made in 1508 by famous Wurzburg Master wood carver Tilman Riemenschneider.
Take your truck and a map, and make a trip through the truly romantic surroundings of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you might end up in Bad Windsheim's awesome Fraenkisches Freilandmuseum. Please take a look at my tip on the Franconian Outdoor Museum.
When Rothenburg gets too much for you, why not hike through the Tauber Valley instead. From the Burggarden in town, you have this lovely view towards the village of Detwang (almost like Wetwang in Yorkshire, which we found highly amusing...) which you can walk to in no time. But the Tauber is a longer river than that, and you can find hiking- and biking maps to fill a week! The Taubertalradweg is a 120 kilometre biking path, and you can also do the 65 kilometre ride to Altmühlsee, or even all the way to Bamberg.
Going to Rothenburg by train, you pass along the Nature Park Frankenhöhe and the town of Burgbernheim, which is also a lovely destination. I have never seen as many birds of prey as along this stretch of track, so the park really must be a haven. The birds have found out how the train vibrations make rabbits and other animals come out of their dens and it is amazing to see how they use this trick.