I’ve always loved a good fairy tale or princess saga, but thought the only to experience that in real life was by waiting in long lines and paying for overpriced food in Disney World. That was until I discovered the storybook little town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. As soon as I saw pictures of Rothenburg online, I knew that I needed to visit. It’s a bit of a drive from the Northern part of Germany, but luckily with our relocation to the South it became an easy destination.
We were there for about 24 hours with some visiting friends. While there was a lot to see, 24 hours felt like the perfect amount of time for me. If you are someone who likes to go into every shop and museum then I might recommend adding on a second day. Everything in the town seemed to shut down fairly early in the evening, which was surprising to me. For this reason, I would try to arrive a little earlier in the day.
Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber
My favorite part of Rothenburg was just walking around the city. The many beautiful and historic buildings make for an enchanting visit. I really felt like I was walking through a fairy tale land. It’s so cute and quaint that it almost seems fake, but the history makes it authentic. Christmas decor, coocoo clocks, and beer steins can be found in the multitude of specialty shops. And of course the infamous Schneeball (snowball in English), a dessert made from shortcrust pastry and covered in powdered sugar, is found around almost every corner. (I will warn you that they are very dry but worth a try.)
The town itself was founded in 1170, although some of the structures existed before then. The prominent walls and towers were constructed in the 13th century. One of Rothenburg’s biggest charms is that the walls have remained intact, giving off the feeling of what it was like to live there during the middle ages.
Restaurant: Zur Höll
Zur Höll was a great choice for our restaurant. I had initially looked it up on TripAdvisor, but wasn’t sure if we would be able to get in without a reservation. (We did, but I would still recommend making one.) Dating back to the 900s, you will get the medieval feeling as soon as you walk into the restaurant.
The waiter told us that we were sitting in the oldest room in Rothenburg. Whether or not that was true, it was still an interesting room. Filled with some antique relics, it looked like a tiny cave with stone walls.
The food was delicious and I would highly recommend Zur Höll, if not solely for the atmosphere.
Hotel: Gasthof Zur Linde
There are plenty of hotels and B&B’s in Rothernburg. We stayed at Gashof Zur Linde and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location right outside the town wall was perfect. Our room was a good size and the breakfast in the morning had a variety of choices. On the first floor of the hotel was a beer vending machine, which was a novelty for my friends from the U.S. and I.
Have you been to Rothenburg? What were your favorite sites?