Why Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber belongs on your list
Either you’re saying, what is Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber? or you are nodding your head in agreement because you know about this amazing little secret! For the “What is that?” people, Rothenburg Ob der Tauber (translated: Red fortress above the Tauber) is a UNESCO heritage site in Germany. It is a well-preserved fortress and medieval village that dates back to the 1300s.
It managed to escape the destruction of WWII, so while it has been repainted, updated and taken care of, there are some really old, original parts still standing. The integrity of the village has also been preserved, so you’ll feel as if you’re walking back in time. At this stage, it’s pretty much a tourist town, but it is such a cute place I believe it is worth seeing.
You can work in a trip to Rothenburg ob Der Tauber into any trip through Bavaria. I spent a half-day here as part of a roadtrip through southern Germany (we slotted this in between Lichtenstein and Heidelberg), but some people also stay for a few nights in the hotels in the village. Personally, I think it’s better for an in and out trip, but it would be immensely relaxing to stay there a couple of days.
Tip: If you are just stopping through, you may want to visit in the morning or the early evening because it is a popular stop for tour buses. That way you can avoid the crowds.
The Old Town Square
Old cobblestone square with the quintessential buildings surrounding it. Great for photo ops. Fun to imagine life passing through it 700 years ago!
The food! In particular the German Sausages
There are tons of cafes and specialty food shops, but I highly recommend stopping to get a German sausage! There are tons of options. Ask the shopkeepers for help!
There are some really pretty green spaces in the little town. The Castle Gardens are a must-see. Uber peaceful and pretty!
The Panoramic Views
From the Castle Gardens, you have a great view out to the valley below and the town from a different perspective.
There is literally no shortage of quaint vibes in this town. There are tons of cafes where you can stop for a picturesque lunch in candy-coated buildings under flowering trees. I advise walking around the cobblestone streets and seeing which one captures you!
For more great ideas for what to do in this region beyond Rothenburg ob Der Tauber read on here. While the article focuses on a Fall trip, the activities will be good for any time of year and there are some real gems in there!