Rothenburg ob der Tauber Things to Do

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    Walk the medieval town-walls

    by globetrott Written Apr 27, 2005

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    This is what makes Rothenburg ob der Tauber so unique - it still has the old, medieval town-walls and you may even freely walk around the town that way - free of charge, at any time, day and night.
    Still today the centre of Rothenburg may be entered through one of the several gates only..
    Today the main trafic stays outside, a great parking-system provides plenty of parkings outside the walls - just follow the signs...

    In case that your hotel is inside the city-wall, you better check on their homepage for the perfect street to take in order to get there !

    The city-wall at Klingentor
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    Ploenlein - where most of the pics are taken

    by globetrott Updated Apr 27, 2005

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    Ploenlein is a small square, where most of the tourists take photos, simply because this is the view you may find on almost every book and postcard about Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
    You may get to this place, when you walk down Untere Schmiedgasse from Marktplatz. After about 300 meters you arrive there and may see "Sieberturm" / the old tower on the left of my picture.
    From Plönlein another small street (Muehlackersteig) is going down to another old towngate (Kobolzeller Tor), on the right of my picture.

    Ploenlein - where most of the pics are taken
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    The townhall / Rathaus

    by globetrott Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    The townhall / Rathaus of Rothenburg ob der Tauber consists of 2 different buildings : The white part, dating back to the Gothic, with the high tower, that offers a great panorama-view for sporty, slim or at least VT-addicted tourists ( read more about this under "Warnings")
    The other part of the townhall dates back to the Renaissance and when you intend to climb up the tower of the gothic part, you have to start at the middle-tower of the Renaissance townhall and walk through the roofs of it, before you will get to the panorama-platform.
    The tower is open daily 09.30a.m.-12.30noon and 01.00p.m.-05.00p.m.
    The entrance-fee is 1 Euro / o,50 Euros for children

    The townhall / Rathaus
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    WALK THE WALL

    by LoriPori Updated Jun 25, 2008

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    A series of Walls and Towers defended the city over the ages. The Inner Wall, built prior to the 13th century still remains. Stairwells ascend to the top of the Wall at intervals and the entire Wall can be walked with 3.5 kilometres of covered walkway. Hans and I didn't walk the whole walkway, but we did part of it. We ascended on the stairway which is located to the left of the Roder Tower. From there you can see the Old Forge and many other wonderful views.

    Walkway around Old Twon Hans ascending the stairs near Roder Tower Walkway & the Old Forge Roder Gate stairway - to the left of picture

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    St. Jakob

    by globetrott Written Apr 26, 2005

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    The protestant church of St. Jakob is another important sight in the very centre of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This gothic church dates back to the year 1311 and its construction was'nt finished before the year 1471.
    You may enter the church during the day against a small entrance-fee:
    The church is open for visitors :
    at workingdays : 09.00a.m. - 05.30p.m.
    and at sundays : 10.30a.m. - 05.30 p.m.
    Photography inside the church is NO problem !!
    Entrance-fee is 1,50 Euros / 0,50 Euros for students

    the church of St. Jakob
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    Ratstrinkstube & the Touristinformation

    by globetrott Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Ratstrinkstube is the name of this lovely building on Marktplatz, dating back to the year 1446. In 1683 a special clock was added and each hour on the hour between 11.00a.m. and 03.00p.m. and at 09.00+10.00p.m. that clock shows a scence of the "Meistertrunk"
    The ledgend of "Meistertrunk" dates back to the year 1631, when the lord mayor of Rothenburg , Nusch, was able to drink a jug with 3 litres of wine in one draught. That way he saved the town of beeing burned down by the troops of the emperor.

    Ratstrinkstube
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    Marienapotheke at Marktplatz

    by globetrott Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Marienapotheke at Marktplatz is most probably the oldest pharmacy still operating in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Just have a closer look at their halftimbered house with a beautifully decorated bay-window, that rather would deserve to be called tower. And right underneath that small tower a sculpture of Holy Mary and her child.
    Next to the pharmacy you may see one of the most beautiful fountains of Rothenburg ! - see my next picture !

    Marienapotheke at Marktplatz
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    Markusturm

    by globetrott Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Markusturm is another tower of the inner fortification-wall and at least from the inner side it almost looks like in the medieval times. At Markustum you may get a good idea, what all of the gates had looked like once. This gate is mostly overseen by the tourist-crowds, because it is rather in an area where the local people live and have their shops for everyday life and only a very few tourist-shops.
    Markusturm looks a lot more romantic from the other side, as you may see in my tip about "Romantik Hotel am Markusturm"

    Markusturm on the backside
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    St.Jakob - the main altar of 1466

    by globetrott Written Apr 26, 2005

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    The gothic altar of St. Jakob is one of the many artistical highlights of that church. It was made by Friedrich Herlin in 1466 and when you click on my picture, you may see plenty of fine details of the gothic woodcarvings.
    next to the main altar is another beautifully decorated side-altar, made of sculptured sandstone.
    It is a pity I could not get any closer with my camera, because of the alarm-system !

    the gothic altar of St.Jakob
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    Rathaus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 2, 2011

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    The Rathaus or Town Hall is among the most beautiful buildings in Rothenburg. The rear Gothic part of the building dates from 1250. The attached front Renaissance building was started in 1572.
    This building served as the seat of government for the city-state during the medieval ages and for the city of Rothenburg since the formation of the federalist government.

    Rathaus or Town Hall
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    TOURISMUS - TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE

    by LoriPori Written Jun 25, 2008

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    The Tourist Information Center (Tourismus) is located at Marktplatz 2 in the RATSTRINKSTUBE or Council Tavern building. Here you can get information and brochures about Rothenburg, make room reservations and arrange guided tours.
    I went in and got some real nice brochures about the town. They also had a computer where you can access information about Rothenburg.

    Ratstrinkstube - Council Tavern

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    St.Georg on top of the lovely well on Marktplatz

    by globetrott Updated Apr 27, 2005

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    There is St.Georg on the very top of the column, standing in the centre of the fountain on Marktplatz, where in the medieval times all people living in the city of Rothenburg had to get all of the water they needed for cooking, washing and drinking. There are still 4 tubes spitting out the water, but today you may only watch some doves drinking there without caring a lot for the great decorations of this fountain.

    the lovely well on Marktplatz
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    Roedertor

    by globetrott Updated Apr 27, 2005

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    Roedertor looks a bit different from most of the other town-gates in Rothenburg : it includes a system of other fortifications and a bridge over the former moat. This gate was obviously ment for carriages and had a system of 3 gates, that could be locked seperately, so an enemy had to get through all 3 of them in order to get inside the medieval town.
    When you click on my picture, you may see the Roederturmin quite a distance behind the first gate.
    The former moat is mostly used for parking-spaces along the wall today.
    Roedertor is closed for car-trafic
    each saturday 02.00p.m.-06.00p.m. and
    sunday and holidays between 11.00a.m. and 06.00p.m.

    Roedertor
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    Master Builder's House

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 4, 2011

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    The Master Builder's House (das Baumeisterhaus) is located in the "Obere Schmiedgasse" near the market square.
    It is probably Rothenburg's loveliest patrician residence.
    It was built in 1596 for the city's Master Builder and demonstrates both the wealth and tastefully cultivated lifestyle of the time.
    With its richly ornamented facade, it is one of the most beautiful patrician houses of the city. Dragon-shaped volutes soften the rigidity of the terraced gable. The lintels of the two upper stories show alternating depictions of the seven virtues and the seven vices, such as Kindness alternating with Gluttony, and Motherliness with Fraud.

    Master Builder's House
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    Town Wall tour

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Aug 4, 2011

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    The best stretch of the Wall to walk is from the massive 16th-century Spitaltor (go through the Siebersturm to the southern tip of the Spitalgasse) to the Klingentor (Klingen Tower).
    This takes about a half-hour if you don't stop.
    It offers excellent views and photographic opportunities.
    The Feuerleinserker - one of the city's quaintest oriel windows is located in the Klingengasse. It was constructed around the year 1600.

    Town Wall map
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For those interested to visit the Dolls & Toy Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

the museum closed forever end of March 2014.

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