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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Three Day Frankfurt to Munich - Romantic Road, Rothenburg, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

Travel down the most picturesque stretch of road in Germany on this multi-day trip and marvel at historic landmarks of the Bavarian region at your own pace.

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

From USD $526.36

Romantic Road, Rothenburg and Harburg Day Tour from Munich

4.5 star rating: Recommended 370 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 $64.64

Heidelberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 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 $261.20

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

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

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $711.05

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

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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

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

From USD $631.90

Romantic Germany: 7-Day Tour from Frankfurt to Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle and Heidelberg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore the romantic side of Germany on this 7-day tour from Frankfurt. See some of Germany's historical and scenic treasures along the Romantic Road, ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

From USD $1,576.45

Four Day Munich to Frankfurt - Romantic Road, Linderhof, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

Germany's Romantic Road offers the most picturesque and magnificent scenery on Earth. Travel along this stretch of road on this multi-day tour from Munich and ...  Read more

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

From USD $783.61

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

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 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 $711.05

Four Day Frankfurt to Munich - Romantic Road, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Explore some of Germany's historical and scenic treasures along the Romantic Road and Heidelberg on this 4-day tour from Frankfurt to Munich. See picturesque ...  Read more

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

From USD $763.82

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

4 star rating: Recommended 2 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 $651.69

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