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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

1. From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

Take a trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems on a guided tour from Munich. Discover the natural beauty of the region, and the charming town of Rothenburg. After departure from Munich, travel first to Harburg which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castle complexes in Germany. This perfectly situated castle with its surrounding village retains the feel of the middle ages. Be enchanted by its historic flair and delve deep into its history. After visiting the castle, and pausing for coffee, you will drive on through the wondrous scenery of the Nördlinger Ries – the giant depression left by an ancient meteor in the Swabian landscape. Travelling via Dinkelsbühl, with its towers and spires, you will reach Rothenburg, a perfectly restored mediaeval town. Take some free time here for extensive exploration. Wander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour, be amazed by the beautiful region of southern Germany.

Rothenburg: Old Town Private Tour

2. Rothenburg: Old Town Private Tour

Experience Rothenburg ob der Tauber with a private guide. On this customizable tour, hear and see the things that interest you. Your guide will take you to important historical sites and provide interesting information regarding local culture and traditions. After a personal welcome from your guide, follow them to admire some of the most important sites of the city such as the town hall, the market square with the Council Drinking House, and the George Fountain. Have the opportunity to walk over the city walls and visit a historic gate. If you prefer, focus your tour on the main churches, such as the Jakobskirche or Wolfgangskirche. You can also learn about the beer and wine culture and culinary specialties of the region. Have the chance to get to know the parks and gardens of the old town and enjoy the fantastic view of the romantic Tauber Valley. There is also a lot to learn about the city's fountains and how the water supply worked. Regardless of what you decide to focus your tour on, don't forget to ask your local guide for some tips for the rest of your stay.

Rothenburg: Private 1-Hour Night Watchman Tour

3. Rothenburg: Private 1-Hour Night Watchman Tour

Experience Rothenburg ob der Tauber by night while hearing about its medieval past. Learn from your night watchman guide the important duties of a watchman and the greatest dangers a medieval town can face. Wander through tranquil squares and deserted alleys on this private 1-hour tour. Meet your night watchman at the suggested meeting point or be picked up at your hotel or a restaurant of your choice in the Old Town. With a hat, coat, halberd, horn, and lantern, the night watchman will personally welcome you and your group. Join the night watchman on this one-hour evening tour through the old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Enjoy the tranquility of the almost deserted alleys and the sights of the city in romantic lighting. Listen to the watchman's stories and about life when the Black Death threatened people, as well as torture and cruel punishments. Learn to understand why places of worship, monasteries, and city defense played such an important role and how the city developed. During your tour, you will see the mighty St. James Church as well as the town hall and part of the city walls. A special highlight of the evening is a view of one of the gateways with its high towers. Take the chance to ask your night watchman whatever curiosities you may still have and enjoy a photo session with the night watchman before they say goodbye to you.

Day Trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt

4. Day Trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt

Take a day trip to one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. On this trip you will first travel along the Romantic Road, a route linking many of the prettiest places in Germany, including Rothenburg. Be enchanted by the beautiful core of the historic town on a guided tour. Your informative guide will acquaint you with the history of Rothenburg as you walk around seeing the sights. A visit here is like a trip into the past, with medieval passages and alleyways, the Jakobskirche, the wonderful altarpiece by Tilman Riemenschneider, half-timbered houses, turreted city gates, the mighty town hall from the Renaissance period, and the Kriminalmuseum

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

5. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

Two of southern Germany's most charming communities offer a look at the country's medieval charm. You'll see the romantic city of Heidelberg and the historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Your journey begins with a morning tour to Heidelberg. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, follow the Romantic Road into the uplands of Bavaria for a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. High above the Tauber River valley, the picturesque old lanes and the castle garden give you a look at the elegance of another era. See the wood-carved altar of St. Jakobs Church and marvel at half-timbered houses, the city gates, and the mighty Renaissance Town Hall. In the afternoon, take some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Look for the local delicacy called a "Schneeball," a fried dough ball with many different toppings before you meet your group for your journey back to Frankfurt.

Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

6. Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the Romantic Road, Germany's oldest and most loved holiday route. Travel through Würzburg into the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the epitome of German romanticism. Depart Frankfurt in the morning, start the drive through the Spessart to Würzburg. Passing the university town, the Tauber Valley will be reached. Bad Mergentheim and Markelsheim are located where three major wine-growing regions come together. Drive to the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the official starting point of the Romantic Road. Crossing the River Main, enjoy views of the Marienberg Fortress and the Käppele, the Chapel of Grace. Visit the city of Weikersheim next, where the Renaissance castle and the Baroque garden can be visited. See the historic market square, then pass Röttingen, Germany’s first European town, and Creglingen. Rothenburg ob der Tauber will be reached at lunch time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must when traveling in Europe. Famous sights are the medieval town wall, the historical marketplace, the town hall, the Gothic Parish Church of St. Jakob, and the Plönlein, an area featuring a colorful timber-frame house. The tour ends round-trip back in Frankfurt.

From Nuremberg: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Day Tour in Spanish

7. From Nuremberg: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Day Tour in Spanish

Spend the day wandering the streets of the fairytale town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, hear fascinating stories, and discover its medieval history. The day begins at the Nuremberg main train station where your local tour guide will meet you. Travel by train for the 1.5-hour journey and enjoy the best landscapes of Bavaria along the way.  Upon arrival in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, your walking tour of this true medieval gem begins. At every step, be amazed by the historic buildings showing the glorious past of the city and hear about the traditions, myths, and beliefs typical of the Middle Ages. Learn how the inhabitants lived and how the city developed from a small castle and its first towers to the final city walls. The tour within Rothenburg ob der Tauber lasts about 2.5 hours. Then enjoy about 1.5 hours of free time for lunch and walking around, according to your taste. The return to Nuremberg will be by train with a time scheduled in advance.

From Frankfurt: Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

8. From Frankfurt: Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Explore the German Romantic Road by minibus and visit 3 historic towns. Depart from Frankfurt am Main and head towards Weikersheim to see the city palace and gardens. Next, discover the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and finally, stop in Würzburg on your return journey to Frankfurt. Your road trip begins in the morning near the main train station in Frankfurt. Board an air-conditioned minibus and set out to travel along a stretch of one of Germany's most picturesque routes, the Romantic Road. Your first stop for the day takes you to Weikersheim to see the Weikersheim Palace and Garden situated on the River Tauber. Explore the interior of the palace or spend some time strolling through the 18th-century palace gardens famous for their imaginative statues. Then, hop back aboard the bus and head to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Wander down cobblestone lanes lined with half-timbered houses, walk along the city walls, or stop by the Medieval Crime Museum.  Rothenburg offers an array of eateries, including everything from traditional inns to classic taverns and refined restaurants. Grab a bite to eat or sip on a glass of Franconian wine before boarding your minibus for the return journey to Frankfurt. Look forward to one last attraction on your Romantic Road tour as you stop in the stately baroque town of Würzburg. Enjoy some free time here and admire the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe's most renowned baroque castles. Your tour of towns along the Romantic Road ends back in Frankfurt am Main. !!! Please book your Tour at least 24 hours / 1 day before you want to get on the bus, otherwise we cannot guarantee that your tour can take place !!!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Private Guided Walking Tour

9. Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Private Guided Walking Tour

Step back in time as you wander along cobblestone lanes in Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a walking tour with a private guide. See the town wall, half-timbered houses, and other famous landmarks that this medieval city is known for. Meet your guide in the heart of Rothenburg and set out to explore one of the oldest and most historic medieval towns along Germany's Romantic Road. Learn about the city's history from your local guide and discover interesting facts, like the story behind the city's Master Draught festival. See Rothenburg's most iconic landmarks, including the Marien Apotheke, which has been a pharmacy since 1812, the Plönlein, and the city wall dating back to 1142. Stroll past the Church of St. James, the Town Hall, the Master-Builder's House, and more. This private tour is entirely customizable and can be adjusted to suit your preferences on the day. Options include climbing to the top of the Town Hall Tower, exploring the Medieval Crime Museum, or trying a local pastry known as a snowball. Your walking tour of Rothenburg on der Tauber ends back at the Market Square, the perfect central location from which to continue exploring this fairytale town. 

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 407 reviews

It was a very nice tour, the stop at Nordlinger lasted long enough with an explanation of the palace or castle by one of the hostesses, I don't remember her name. It was very pleasant, after that came to Rothenburg the trip is a bit long, but the town is beautiful, we were there around 3:15, an adequate time to go around, have lunch and buy souvenirs and typical sweets. I got a festival with characterizations typical of medieval times, which was amazing, it felt like it was in the 1800s or maybe even further back. I recommend this tour to anyone who likes history and wants to know a town that maintains its medieval architecture

This full day trip included a trip to Harburg Castle and Rothenburg. I enjoyed the time on our own in Rothenburg, exploring this charming Medieval town our guide, Monika, gave us a brief, but helpful orientation and suggested a lovely place for lunch.

Great trip! We were a very small group, the trip was smooth and overall enjoyable. It felt more personal. Keiko, our tour guide, was very helpful and knowledgeable. Would definitely book with them again!

If you only have 1 day to explore take this tour. It is very nice to see the ols town of Rothenberg. The church is very beautiful.

Very entertaining and at the same time instructive tour. Even our teenage children liked it :-) Can fully recommend the tour