Enchanting Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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Where the Medieval comes alive

Rothenburg ob der Tauber in the heart of Bavaria is unquestionably “Truly Scrumptious” all year around.

Marktplatz and Ratstrinkstube, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany

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 Markusturm and Röderbogen, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany
Obere Schmiedgasse, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany

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.

Schloss Neuschwanstein - fairytale Castle,Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany

Romantic Route

It was along part of the Romantische Straße (Romantic Route) that this idyllic town enticed us in.

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

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is very easy to stroll around; however, you need to be strict with yourself if you are going to stick to a specific route.

Entering the town from the south, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
The cobbled lanes of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

It’s just so easy to wander off and get lured by the little lanes and cobbled streets.


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.

Walled city

Continue south down to the 17th-century bastion and discover its inner courtyards.

What are you waiting for? Head up to the city walls, and take the undulating ramparts that encircle the town.

A defensive tower at dusk, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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.

Castle Gate

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.

Christmas Heaven

The most alluring of all is the Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Christmas workshop, which is open all year round.

The Toy Soldier stands guard, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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.

Have You?

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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  1. 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

    1. 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

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