Enchanting Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Where the Medieval comes alive
Rothenburg ob der Tauber in the heart of Bavaria is unquestionably “Truly Scrumptious” all year around.
It has an air of mystical magic at Christmas time and an uplifting spring during the warmer months.
It’s hard to believe at times that there are still towns and villages existing like this.
What other reason do you need to go and visit, and enjoy stepping back in time?
The first time we visited Rothenburg ob der Tauber was during our Lakes & Lederhosen road trip in 2015. We toured around the Italian Lakes and then north through southern Germany.
The architecture is amazing, picture postcard streets and chocolate box scenes. The resident’s homes and shopfronts are kept immaculately.
There is no wonder that Rothenburg ob der Tauber has been used for various film sets. Of course, you must remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the child catcher!!!
Go with the flow
Take time to discover all around the Markt-Platz, including the Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall (Rathaus) and the old City Councilors Tavern.
Although the Rathaus is the prominent structure in this square. The other wonderful buildings that encircle it are equally amazing.
Which way next?
Personally, I would start by wandering south along Schmiedgasse to Plönlein and Siebers Tower. Probably the most iconic view in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, dating back to 1385, and not to be missed.
Continue south down to the 17th-century bastion and discover its inner courtyards.
Bavaria at its best
It’s free to stroll all around the battlements and you are treated to some stunning views over the Bavarian countryside.
The views across the rooftops bring alive your childhood Disney memories.
Don’t worry about deviating from your intended path, go with the flow.
If you have headed down to the western point of the town, you will be greeted by the old castle gate.
Unfortunately, the castle was destroyed in 1356 by an earthquake.
Strolling back towards Markt-Platz you are once again surrounded by half-timbered buildings and quaint little shops.
Our Christmas in the UK wouldn’t be the same without a marching toy soldier or the glittering tree topper.
This shop will melt the heart of any hardened Scrooge, go in & take a look around!!!!
Planning to visit at Christmas?
If you’re planning on visiting at Christmas, be sure to book early, this magical town is popular
Try the Schneeball
Yes, a schneeball a Franconian delicacy made of biscuit.
The soft biscuit is rolled out into strips, they are then delicately shaped into a ball and deep fried until golden brown. There are lots of different variety of flavours added to the schneeball, chocolate, nuts, sugar and some are also stuffed.
Visited Rothenburg ob der Tauber, what time of year did you go? Did you go for the Schneeballen? Own up - it got messy.
Inspired to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber?
What's not to love. Explore the land of Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang. However, it's so much more. Christmas all around in Käthe Wohlfahrt, and true Bavarian hospitality.
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Great post once again on Rothenburg, Germany. Looks stunning. You mentioned Chitty Chitty bang bang as one of the films, but when I was browsing through some of your snaps, they also reminded me of some of the scenes in the New version of the Beauty and the beast film. Do you know where that was filmed by any chance? Would sooo love to visit that Christmas shop, and those chocolate biscuit ball things, i want one !! NOW please. XX
Thanks Paula,I don’t think it was used in Beauty and the Beast, but on checking it did feature in one of the Harry Potter movies (Deadly Hallows PtI)There’s two Käthe Wohlfahrt stores in the town (It’s their base), and they are truly magical. (Problem is no photography) I dare anyone not to buy something in there. We’ve even got a store card now!The Schneeballen are amazing – if not incredibly messy. Oh, and they can be a bit dry too – you need a nice hot chocolate to go with.Thanks for the comment, hope you get there one day.Janis & Gary