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From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

1. From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

Take a trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems on a guided tour from Munich. Discover the natural beauty of the region, and the charming town of Rothenburg. After departure from Munich, travel first to Harburg which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castle complexes in Germany. This perfectly situated castle with its surrounding village retains the feel of the middle ages. Be enchanted by its historic flair and delve deep into its history. After visiting the castle, and pausing for coffee, you will drive on through the wondrous scenery of the Nördlinger Ries – the giant depression left by an ancient meteor in the Swabian landscape. Travelling via Dinkelsbühl, with its towers and spires, you will reach Rothenburg, a perfectly restored mediaeval town. Take some free time here for extensive exploration. Wander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour, be amazed by the beautiful region of southern Germany.

Rothenburg: Old Town Private Tour

2. Rothenburg: Old Town Private Tour

Experience Rothenburg ob der Tauber with a private guide. On this customizable tour, hear and see the things that interest you. Your guide will take you to important historical sites and provide interesting information regarding local culture and traditions. After a personal welcome from your guide, follow them to admire some of the most important sites of the city such as the town hall, the market square with the Council Drinking House, and the George Fountain. Have the opportunity to walk over the city walls and visit a historic gate. If you prefer, focus your tour on the main churches, such as the Jakobskirche or Wolfgangskirche. You can also learn about the beer and wine culture and culinary specialties of the region. Have the chance to get to know the parks and gardens of the old town and enjoy the fantastic view of the romantic Tauber Valley. There is also a lot to learn about the city's fountains and how the water supply worked. Regardless of what you decide to focus your tour on, don't forget to ask your local guide for some tips for the rest of your stay.

Rothenburg: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

3. Rothenburg: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Rothenburg. Explore the city at your own pace and see iconic highlights like Town Hall, Blade Gate, and many more. Decipher riddles, solve tasks, and unlock facts about the city. You will receive the download instructions after booking the tour. After downloading the app you will first visit the beautiful St. Wolfgang Church. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle. Next, you will visit the Blade Gate, the irreplaceable Church of St. James, and the Bronze Statue of St. James. Use the hints to find the city's best sights and hidden gems. The incredible route continues to the Georgsbrunnen, Medieval Crime Museum, Plönlein, and Gerlachschmiede. Finally, you will end the tour at Baumeisterhaus. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee or a break at any time. Stroll through the picturesque streets and discover the real Rothenburg on this fun tour while working as a team. 

Rothenburg: Private 1-Hour Night Watchman Tour

4. Rothenburg: Private 1-Hour Night Watchman Tour

Experience Rothenburg ob der Tauber by night while hearing about its medieval past. Learn from your night watchman guide the important duties of a watchman and the greatest dangers a medieval town can face. Wander through tranquil squares and deserted alleys on this private 1-hour tour. Meet your night watchman at the suggested meeting point or be picked up at your hotel or a restaurant of your choice in the Old Town. With a hat, coat, halberd, horn, and lantern, the night watchman will personally welcome you and your group. Join the night watchman on this one-hour evening tour through the old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Enjoy the tranquility of the almost deserted alleys and the sights of the city in romantic lighting. Listen to the watchman's stories and about life when the Black Death threatened people, as well as torture and cruel punishments. Learn to understand why places of worship, monasteries, and city defense played such an important role and how the city developed. During your tour, you will see the mighty St. James Church as well as the town hall and part of the city walls. A special highlight of the evening is a view of one of the gateways with its high towers. Take the chance to ask your night watchman whatever curiosities you may still have and enjoy a photo session with the night watchman before they say goodbye to you.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Private Guided Walking Tour

5. Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Private Guided Walking Tour

Step back in time as you wander along cobblestone lanes in Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a walking tour with a private guide. See the town wall, half-timbered houses, and other famous landmarks that this medieval city is known for. Meet your guide in the heart of Rothenburg and set out to explore one of the oldest and most historic medieval towns along Germany's Romantic Road. Learn about the city's history from your local guide and discover interesting facts, like the story behind the city's Master Draught festival. See Rothenburg's most iconic landmarks, including the Marien Apotheke, which has been a pharmacy since 1812, the Plönlein, and the city wall dating back to 1142. Stroll past the Church of St. James, the Town Hall, the Master-Builder's House, and more. This private tour is entirely customizable and can be adjusted to suit your preferences on the day. Options include climbing to the top of the Town Hall Tower, exploring the Medieval Crime Museum, or trying a local pastry known as a snowball. Your walking tour of Rothenburg on der Tauber ends back at the Market Square, the perfect central location from which to continue exploring this fairytale town. 

Day Trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt

6. Day Trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt

Take a day trip to one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. On this trip you will first travel along the Romantic Road, a route linking many of the prettiest places in Germany, including Rothenburg. Be enchanted by the beautiful core of the historic town on a guided tour. Your informative guide will acquaint you with the history of Rothenburg as you walk around seeing the sights. A visit here is like a trip into the past, with medieval passages and alleyways, the Jakobskirche, the wonderful altarpiece by Tilman Riemenschneider, half-timbered houses, turreted city gates, the mighty town hall from the Renaissance period, and the Kriminalmuseum

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

7. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

Two of southern Germany's most charming communities offer a look at the country's medieval charm. You'll see the romantic city of Heidelberg and the historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Your journey begins with a morning tour to Heidelberg. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, follow the Romantic Road into the uplands of Bavaria for a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. High above the Tauber River valley, the picturesque old lanes and the castle garden give you a look at the elegance of another era. See the wood-carved altar of St. Jakobs Church and marvel at half-timbered houses, the city gates, and the mighty Renaissance Town Hall. In the afternoon, take some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Look for the local delicacy called a "Schneeball," a fried dough ball with many different toppings before you meet your group for your journey back to Frankfurt.

Rothenburg: City Walk with App-Based Audio Guide

8. Rothenburg: City Walk with App-Based Audio Guide

Take a walk through historic Rothenburg with a mobile app featuring a walking route and audio guidance. Visit must-see landmarks including the Church of St. James, the Bronze Sculpture of Hl. Jakobus, and the Plönlein, while learning about the significance of each from the dedicated app. Download the World City Trail app and head to your starting location, St. Wolfgang Church. Hear about its medieval history before continuing via the famous Blade Gate and the Church of St. James. Next, stop by the Bronze Sculpture of Hl. Jakobus, where you'll learn about the man it is dedicated to, before visiting the Town Hall. Here, admire the beautiful Georgsbrunnen (George's Fountain). On the last leg of the route, stroll through the picturesque Plönlein area with its timbered houses, and stop to marvel at the Gerlachschmiede building. Finish your walk at the historical Baumeisterhaus restaurant. The activity can be paused and resumed at any time, so feel free to tailor it to your own pace by stopping for a meal or visiting an attraction.

Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

9. Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the Romantic Road, Germany's oldest and most loved holiday route. Travel through Würzburg into the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the epitome of German romanticism. Depart Frankfurt in the morning, start the drive through the Spessart to Würzburg. Passing the university town, the Tauber Valley will be reached. Bad Mergentheim and Markelsheim are located where three major wine-growing regions come together. Drive to the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the official starting point of the Romantic Road. Crossing the River Main, enjoy views of the Marienberg Fortress and the Käppele, the Chapel of Grace. Visit the city of Weikersheim next, where the Renaissance castle and the Baroque garden can be visited. See the historic market square, then pass Röttingen, Germany’s first European town, and Creglingen. Rothenburg ob der Tauber will be reached at lunch time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must when traveling in Europe. Famous sights are the medieval town wall, the historical marketplace, the town hall, the Gothic Parish Church of St. Jakob, and the Plönlein, an area featuring a colorful timber-frame house. The tour ends round-trip back in Frankfurt.

Romantic Road Ticket Würzburg - Rothenburg o.d.T. with wine

10. Romantic Road Ticket Würzburg - Rothenburg o.d.T. with wine

Take a trip down an authentic German holiday route. Sample locally-made wines, and explore local landmarks in the company of a guide in historical costume. Begin your trip outside Würzburg main station. Board your air-conditioned coach, cross the River Main, and head for the vineyards of the Tauber Valley. Cruise past Bad Mergentheim and the wine town of Markelsheim as you enjoy your journey. Alight at Weikersheim to meet your guide in historical costume. Be led through a renaissance castle and park, designed in the style of Versailles. Encounter Röttingen, regarded as Germany's first European city, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, claimed to be the most romantic city in Germany. Taste 3 different wines from the Markelsheim winegrowers' cooperative. Start with a welcome glass of Secco on the journey out, then enjoy a Müller Thurgau or Silvaner white as you drive along the vineyards in the Tauber Valley, and a glass of red on your way home.

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4.4 / 5

based on 491 reviews

The tour was informative and eye opening. The pick up point was accessible and the tour guide ensures our well being throughout the journey. We had a double decker bus which was very comfortable. She shared with us about the history of Harburg Castle and Rothenburg. We were given enough time to explore the attractions. The guide also shared her recommendations in these two attractions. The trip took 10.5 hours and it is the longest tour in Munich. The journey back took around 1.5-2hrs from Rothenburg. So if you are not into long bus rides, you may want to consider other tours.

Lovely trip! Thanks to the excellent services provided by activity provider, Jürgen and Mr Diddy making this trip an absolute pleasure. I strongly recommend this private tour for others.

Really lovely guide, very humorous and informative, lovely bunch of people on the trip, and ample time to enjoy the places visited.

The guide was telling about the information not just about the attractions but also about Germany, and it’s a lot of fun.

Lovely medieval town, worth the trip. Our guide, Monica was great too!