Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Tourist Information and Travel Guide
ABOVE: The skyline of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a misty
The former Free
Imperial City of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the star attraction along Germany's
Romantic Road. It's justifiably celebrated not only for its well-preserved
medieval buildings and walls, but also for its unspoiled setting. When you
approach the city or stand atop its walls and gaze out over a countryside that's
free of suburban sprawl, it's easy to imagine what Rothenburg must have looked
like in the Middle Ages.
Skeptics might complain that Rothenburg feels like a theme park,
but that says more about theme parks than it does about Rothenburg. This
Franconian gem is the real deal: a working town of 12,000 people where heritage,
historic preservation, and modern life have achieved a profitable equilibrium.
To be sure, Rothenburg can be crowded during high season, with
some 2.5 million visitors packing its medieval streets and squares each
year--including a million or so Japanese and Americans, who comprise
Rothenburg's largest foreign contingents. That's why it pays to spend at least
one and preferably two or more nights in Rothenburg: You'll find the city less
crowded--and more relaxing--when the daytrippers have left in their tour buses.
(If you're really looking for solitude, visit in January or February, when the
only people in town are the locals and a handful of Goethe Institut language
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