Parking your car in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is absolutely NO problem. There is a perfect system of several parkingareas, most of which were made in the places, where the town had some moats around of the medieval townwall.
During the day you have to pay a fee, after 07.00p.m. it is free of charge, BUT Motorhomes have to go to a special parking, and have to pay there each hour day and night. I was lucky that my motorhome is small enough for an ordinary car-park and I was parking there without problem and without fee also during the day, at one of the very few spaces without a meter...
On my picture : the parking next to Spitalstor.
Rothenburg has its own little branch line, which meets the main Würzburg to Augsburg main line at Steinach, so this is where you have to change trains, but it is all very convenient and rarely with long waits. The Steinach to Rothenburg journey is only fifteen minutes.
Walking from the station to the town centre takes you to the Rödertor town gate, and then this gate, Markusturm, from the old inner wall.
Too many tourists in Rothenburg during the day can be escaped by renting a car for one day and driving all the beautiful Romantic Road (Romantische Strasse) towns from Dinkelsbuhl to Fussen in one day, then returning to Rothenburg for dinner and the evening walking the city.
Once you are at Rothenburg you can walk everywhere. The tour guide that took us around walked very fast too so be ready for it! ;)
You won't have any problems getting around on foot and you will see a lot more that way also.
It is so convenient to use trains in Germany. One can easily get to Rothenburg by train from e.g., Frankfurt airport:
Use the website below and choose
Destination: Rothenburg o d Tauber
Departure: Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Regionalbf
And your time of day of travel and time, then you will see info of all trains available.
One could also rent a car and drive to Rothenburg (as we did).
In March 2002 I did a small part of the Romantische Strasse. This page is part of that route. The Romantische Strasse is a beautiful route through the south of Germany, between Würzburg and Füssen. On the map you can see where the Romantische Strasse exactly is. My travelpages about this beautiful route in the south of Germany are : Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuhl, Nördlingen and Füssen
But besides these villages/cities, there are a lot more gorgeous places along the romantische strasse.
Here is an overview of all these cities, with links to the several websites.
The villages/cities along the Romantischer Strasse, listed from North to South :
1. Würzburg : http://www.wuerzburg.de
2. Tauberbischofsheim : http://www.tauberbischofsheim.de/
3. Lauda-Königshofen : http://www.lauda-koenigshofen.de/
4. Bad Mergentheim : http://www.bad-mergentheim.de/
5. Weikersheim : http://www.weikersheim.de/
6. Röttingen : http://www.roettingen.de
7. Creglingen : htttp://www.creglingen.de/home/home.html
8. Rothenburg : http://www.rothenburg.de
9. Schillingsfürst : http://www.schillingsfuerst.de
10. Feuchtwangen : http://www.feuchtwangen.de
11. Dinkelsbühl : http://www.dinkelsbuehl.de'
12. Wallerstein : http://www.wallerstein.de
13. Nördlingen : http://www.noerdlingen.de
14. Harburg : http://www.harburg.de/
15. Donnauwöth : http://www.donauwoerth.de/
16. Augsburg : http://www.augsburg.de
17. Friedberg : http://www.stadt-friedberg.de/
18. Landsberg am Lech : http://www.landsberg.de
19. Hohenfurch : http://www.hohenfurch.de
20. Schongau : http://www.schongau.de
21. Peiting : http://www.peiting.de
22. Rottenbuch : http://www.Rottenbuch.de
23. Wildsteig : http://www.wildsteig.de
24. Steingaden : http://www.Steingaden.de
25. Halblech : http://www.halblech.de
26. Schwangau : http://www.Schwangau.de
27. Füssen : http://www.Fuessen.de
The best way to Rothenburg is by car. Nothing beats the freedom of having a car with a navigator on the country side. However, I did have the burden of having a car when I am in the big cities.
If you are here in Town I think the best way is by your own feets... cause the Town is not sooooo big and its great to scroll around. You see so many interesting things...
The carriage tours in Rothenburg were surprisingly cheap (at €8 a person when I was there) but then they do use carriages big enough for many, not the romantic types.
We took the train from Munich to Rothenburg (and back again) as a day trip using our Eurail ticket. It took just over 4 hours to get there. The scenery was amazing along the way... :)