Rotenburg for us was a fun and relaxing experience. We had no particular plan for this stop. A quote from the Rotenburg tourism site sums up the many reasons tourists all over the world love to visit beautiful Rotenburg:
Narrow towers and imposing ramparts; winding alleyways and picturesque oriels; half-timbered houses lovingly decorated with window boxes and hanging baskets; colorful gardens made for rest and relaxation; large churches that invite meditation and prayer – these are just some of the things that attract visitors from all over the world to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
This historic German village was on our radar thanks to our guidebook from Rick Steves. It seems the secret is out, because during the nightwatchman tour there were at a minimum one hundred other people who joined us. It was a bit crowded but, this would be a great tour for kids! The nightwatchman does not disappoint.
A massive Christmas museum and store called “Käthe Wohlfahr.” The store boasts over 30,000 traditional German Christmas wares. This includes beautiful glass ornaments. Denise was happy to spend hours in here. At the same time, I found a claustrophobic tower to climb.
Finally, if Rotenburg seems a bit too small for your taste, the city puts on a plethora of festivals all year-round, including:
- A summer beer festival
- A nice wine festival
- The “Master Drought,”a play celebrating the town’s rescue by the gulp of legendary Mayor Nusch.
- The Old Rotenburg Christmas Market
- And many more!
If you are in Germany, Rotenburg is a popular and authentic window into the medieval past. Enjoy!