Rothenburg ob der Tauber, to give it the full name which distinguishes it from Germany’s other two Rothenburgs, has few equals as a fairy tale destination. This perfectly preserved medieval town looks like a film set, and indeed the town’s tumble of half-timbered houses and stone watchtowers have been featured in numerous movies, including the last two Harry Potter installments.

Wandering the streets is the main activity here, but you can also climb the Röderturm to make sense of Rothenburg’s confusing layout and then walk along the intact wall which circles the town. Indoor attractions include the Kriminalmuseum, full of gory torture instruments or, for those with a more delicate constitution, there are all sorts of medieval art treasures in the Reichstadtmuseum. The Gothic church of St Jacob, which contains a magnificent carved altarpiece, once made the town a center of pilgrimage, and remains a magnet for visitors to this day.

Practical Info

Rothenburg is about halfway between Frankfurt and Munich, due west of Nuremberg, in the Franconian district of Bavaria. It is a very popular stop on the Romantic Road, which reaches from Würzburg to the Austrian border.

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Heidelberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Explore the medieval cities of Heidelberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $242.18

Romantic Road, Rothenburg and Harburg Day Tour from Munich

4.5 star rating: Recommended 403 Reviews

Surround yourself with castles and medieval villages as you travel along the Romantic Road during a full day escorted tour from Munich to Harburg and ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.43

Frankfurt Super Saver: Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit two of Germany’s most famous attractions in one day with this Frankfurt Super Saver, combining two best-selling tours at a discounted price. First, ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $275.50
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Overnight Frankfurt to Munich - Romantic Road, Rothenburg

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

For those who don't have much time to see Germany's spectacular Bavarian region, a quick stop in Rothenburg is the tour for you! Travel from Frankfurt along ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, concludes Munich, Germany
Duration: 2 days / 1 night

From USD $233.29

4-Day Tour from Munich to Frankfurt: Romantic Road, Rothenburg, Augsburg, Neuschwanstein Castle

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Enjoy the scenic landscape and picturesque towns along Germany’s Romantic Road on a four-day independent coach tour from Munich to Frankfurt. You'll visit the ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

From USD $569.89

Three Day Frankfurt to Munich - Romantic Road, Heidelberg, Rothenburg

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Travel along the picturesque Romantic Road and reach quaint little towns such as Dinkelsbuhl, Nordlingen and Donauworth, with their high gabled houses and ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, concludes Munich, Germany
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $439.92

Full Day Tour to Rothenburg

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Set off on this full day coach tour from Frankfurt to Rothenburg, through the picturesque Spessart mountains. On the banks of the river Main you'll pass ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.97

Nuremberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

Step back in time and visit two of Germany’s most beautiful and historically important areas with this incredible Super Saver. Combining two best-selling tours ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $242.18

Private Tour: Rothenburg and Romantic Road Day Trip from Frankfurt

Discover the delights of Rothenburg ob der Tabuer on a private day trip from Frankfurt! After traveling along Germany’s famous Romantic Road, take a walking ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.44

5-Day Tour from Munich to Frankfurt: Rothenburg, Augsburg, Zugspitze

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Take the scenic route from Munich to Frankfurt on a five-day independent coach tour along the Romantic Road! Enjoy relaxing drives through the countryside and ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

From USD $652.10

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