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Romantic Road and Rothenburg from Munich

1. Romantic Road and Rothenburg from Munich

This trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems, will first take you to the Harburg: one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved castle complexes in southern Germany. This perfectly situated castle was first mentioned in documents of the 11th century and, 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. Here you will have time for extensive exploration. Meander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Pick up a treasure or two in the boutiques, or have a meal in an exclusive restaurant. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour you will surely see one of the most beautiful regions of south Germany.

Rothenburg: Private 1-Hour Night Watchman Tour

2. 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: Old Town Private Tour

3. 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.

From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

4. From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

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.

Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

5. 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.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

6. 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.

From Nuremberg: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Day Tour in Spanish

7. From Nuremberg: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Day Tour in Spanish

Spend the day wandering the streets of the fairytale town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, hear fascinating stories, and discover its medieval history. The day begins at the Nuremberg main train station where your local tour guide will meet you. Travel by train for the 1.5-hour journey and enjoy the best landscapes of Bavaria along the way.  Upon arrival in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, your walking tour of this true medieval gem begins. At every step, be amazed by the historic buildings showing the glorious past of the city and hear about the traditions, myths, and beliefs typical of the Middle Ages. Learn how the inhabitants lived and how the city developed from a small castle and its first towers to the final city walls. The tour within Rothenburg ob der Tauber lasts about 2.5 hours. Then enjoy about 1.5 hours of free time for lunch and walking around, according to your taste. The return to Nuremberg will be by train with a time scheduled in advance.

From Würzburg: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

8. From Würzburg: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day out in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and see this romantic and medieval city from the comfort of a bus and on a walking tour. Visit the Renaissance castle, the wine region of the Tauber Valley, and the Baroque garden all in a day. Head out of charming Würzburg along the the River Main through the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a bus. Stop in Weikersheim for a visit of this historic town, the Renaissance castle, and the fabulous park laid out in the style of Versailles. See the unforgettable skyline of Rothenburg, a former Free Imperial Town placed high over the steep Tauber Valley with its complete medieval townscape. This outstanding architectural jewel is a must-see when visiting Germany, as hardly any other city embodies history so impressively and vividly.  Follow the night watchman as he guides you through the city's picturesque alleys. Here, the stones speak, so to speak, and tell tales of rulers and the magic of the Middle Ages. Cosmopolitanism, idyll, and a 1,000-year history work together to create a unique flair.  Return to Würzburg brimming with history of medieval ages and with unforgettable memories of a stunning landscape.

Day Trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt

9. 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: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wine Tour

10. From Frankfurt: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wine Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg on der Tauber. Taste some regional wines during the journey, and see the main sights of the charming city of Rothenburg with your guide. Depart from in front of Frankfurt's main train station in the morning and travel through the Tauber Valley, the wine-growing region of Germany's oldest holiday route. Pass small villages such as Weikersheim and catch a glimpse of its magnificent Renaissance palace and its beautiful park. On the way from Frankfurt to Rothenburg make a stop to taste some regional wines including sparkling wine and dry white wine. Make a brief photo stop in the city of Würzburg and see the Prince Bishop's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is considered one of Germany`s most romantic towns, and a medieval architectural jewel. See the main sights of the town with your guide, such as the town wall with its numerous towery and gates. Stroll around the Market Place with its magnificent Town Hall and many half-timbered houses. Admire the exterior of the Church of St. Jakob and the "Plönlein." You will also have time for lunch, reserved at a restaurant at your own expense. Pay a visit to The German Christmas Museum, which highlights festive traditions and history in Germany. Or, you may visit the Medieval Crime Museum with its historical collection of objects relating to medieval law. On the return journey to Frankfurt am Main, stop for a glass of Tauberschwarz red wine. Finally, be returned to central Frankfurt in the evening.

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What people are saying about Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 274 reviews

Smiley was our driver and Elizabeth our guide. Both were extremely nice and friendly, and we had a wonderful time with them. Elizabeth thought us a lot of things we didn't know in Munich and along the way through Harbour castle. The castle is medieval and really nice. Price is 9 eur which is not included in the trip cost (the only thing I did not like). Rothenburg is a dreamy village and worth visiting it.

The cities are really beautiful. We were also lucky to have Paul as our guide, who is responsible and very good in creating a funny environment for the tour.

Our guide Monika very good and attentive in all the best that explained us all the Romantic Route and the places to visit Recommended 100%

Amazing guide and bus driver! Pleasant drive! History, views and free time for wandering around!

Beautiful place, the guide Elisabeth gave a lot of information and was very good