|Munich 200 km
Frankfurt am Main 185 km
Stuttgart 122 km
Nuremberg 76 km
inhabitants (2005); 425 m above sea-level
With its splendid location and charming medieval
atmosphere, hardly any other town is able to captivate its
visitors in quite the same way as Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
A walk through this town is an unforgettable encounter
with bygone centuries. The imposing building of the Town
Hall, stately towers, massive fortifications, churches and
patrician houses are witnesses to a mighty imperial past.
An imperial castle, dating back to 1142, represents the
beginning of the town.
Elevated to a Free Imperial City in 1274, Rothenburg
became one of the most important city states of the middle
ages. In 1631, during the Thirty Years War, Rothenburg was
taken by imperial troops. Ex-Mayor Nusch saved the town by
drinking 3 liters of wine in a single gulp, the so-called
Loosing its importance in the following centuries, Rothenburgs
medieval center remained untouched. In the Romantic era,
the town was discovered by painters and poets, and became
a symbol of the middle ages in Germany. Already in 1900,
it was shown that tourism will be the most important
sector of the economy in town and the old town was
protected by special building regulations. There are about
3000 spare beds in all price ranges and also about 150
For more info: Rothenburg
Marktplatz 2, D-91541 Rothenburg o.d.t.
Phone: +49 (0) 9861/40 492
Fax: +49 (0) 9861/ 86 807