Posted on 1st Feb, 2015
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a small town in the state of Bavaria (Germany), is a surprise package in disguise. It is one of the very few towns where almost all structures and monuments from the medieval period are still intact. Surrounded by the historic city wall and located on a small hill overlooking the river Tauber, this must be on your list if visiting Bavaria.
Brief History of the Town
Rothenburg ob der Tauber in German roughly translates to “Red Fortress overlooking Tauber”. The town was supposedly founded around 1000 A.D. and historically used for a variety of purposes. The fortress around the town helped a lot to safeguard the residents in times of war.
In the modern history, the town had a high regard in the book of Nazis. During the World War II, several Nazi soldiers were stationed to protect the town. Most of them were killed but the U.S. Assistant Secretary of War who knew about the beauty and history behind the town, ordered not to demolish it. The residents surrendered thus preserving history. With several developments through the century, the town right now serves as a beautiful tourist destination.
The nearest major Airports are Munich, Frankfurt and Nuremberg. From Munich and Frankfurt the drive takes around 3 hours. It is a bit shorter from Nuremberg around 1.5 hours.It is also possible to reach Rothenburg by train. For more details on the options, head over to the Wikitravel page.
When to Visit
Like most of Bavaria, Rothenburg experiences continental climate. The proximity to Alps can cause sudden changes in weather conditions.
Summers are warm and sunny, while winters are snowy with sub-zero temperatures. Spring kicks in sometime between mid-April to mid-May. It is not uncommon to find snow showers in late March or early April. Autumn can be rainy and starts around late September.
Being a popular destination in Germany, the accommodation doesn’t come cheap.
During our visit, we stayed in Hotel BurgGartenPalais located right in the heart of the town. The double room was sufficient for our small family and breakfast was included in the price.
Few other options are: Gasthof Goldener Greifen, Pension Gundel, Hotel Gotisches Haus, Hotel Spitzweg. Check out Wikitravel for the coordinates.
Things to see and do
If you need more inspiration to visit the town, check out all my photos here. Have a good trip.
Ashwin is an ardent traveler, working with computers for a living. He never forgets the camera on his trips and manages to capture what he likes. He blogs frequently at http://meetashwin.me and head over to https://www.flickr.com/photos/ashchand/ for his clicks.
Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany, Weekend Trip, Medieval Town, History, continental climate