If you are traveling with Deutsche Bahn you reach Rothenburg from Würzburg or Steinach via Ansbach.
Rothenburg is located on the western edge of Bavaria, at the junction of Castle Street and Romantic Road. By car you can reach the place via the A7 motorway Würzburg-Ulm. From the exit Rothenburg / Tauber then there are only about 2 km from the old town.
The nearest airports are Frankfurt am Main (175 km) and Nuremberg (90 km).
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach, Middle Franconia. Until 1803 it was an imperial city and today, with its largely preserved medieval old town, a famous tourist attraction.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, is pure romance! No other city in Germany embodies these days so impressively the middle ages. Rothenburg is a beautiful gem and probably the most interesting stop along the Romantic Road.
Visitors from all over the world love it´s impossibly charming atmosphere and fabulous combination of history and cosmopolitan hospitality, which guests can feel while having a stroll through the lovely streets and alleys. Rothenburg offers a number of attractions, as they have only a few places in Germany.
Thousand years of history - with it´s web of cobbled lanes and towered walls everyone can discover on almost every corner witnesses of a bygone era: lovingly restored facades, fountains, gables, bays and signs give an idea of how once the everyday life was like. The impressive, well preserved and restored city's fortifications with high walls, fortified corridors, towers, gates and bastions dominate the city. Gothic churches, magnificent mansions of the middle ages and Renaissance as well as museums in historic buildings are home to unique treasures.
Rothenburg is not a town for just a day or for a particular season. The village offers numerous cultural activities throughout the year and invites for a longer stay. Traditional events such as the Reichsstadt Festtage, the Christmas Reiterlesmarkt, the wine village or the historic Shepherd dance, performances of Toppler theatre and the historic festival "Der Meistertrunk" or the Hans-Sachs-games attract international guests every year.
Tipp: Picturesque valleys embrace Rothenburg and make the surroundings ideal for walking tours. Hills with fantastic views and remaining originally villages invite you to discover this fascinating landscape by foot. There are many well-signposted hiking trails of varying in length that lead around the city, on the Franconian Heights and in the Tauber Valley. As a crossroads of different Pilgrim trails, the city is an attraction, not only for Pilgrim travelers. Breathtaking hikingtrails like the "Rothenburger Mühlenweg" trail along the Tauber Valley, the water trail "Schandtaubertal" or the vines - and rock trail in the vineyards on the southern slopes of the city.
Escape Address: , Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany
Every year the medieval Rothenburg is transformed into a winter wonderland. Since the 15th Century is accompanied by a wonderful Christmas market, festive Advent. In 2013 the opening days are from 29th of november until 11th of december.
Rothenburg has a wonderful trail system. The most beautiful and longest German hiking trails is the route along the European watershed that takes you past Rothenburg from Ansbach to Schnelldorf. Guided hikes are partly free.
Take a historical tour through the old town of Rothenburg with a traditionally dressed `Nachtwächter` (night guard) - every evening from 8pm a lantern toting guard leads an entertaining tour through the city starting from the city hall. (english tours are offered)