Rothenburg ob der Tauber Germany: 1-day Itinerary

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a city in Germany located in the state of Bavaria on the banks of the Tauber River. It is considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and is part of the famous Romantic Road.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber GermanyRothenburg ob der Tauber Germany – Photo Credit: Hendrik Kespohl

How to spend 1 day in Rothenburg ob der Tauber Germany

In this 1-day itinerary in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Start the day by visiting Marktplatz, a square that is a meeting point for tourists from all over the world. On the square is located the Rathausturm, the Town Hall Tower that offers a spectacular view of the medieval city.

Head to St. Jakobskirche, the most important church in the city, completed in 1485. Near the church is the Burgtor, one of the several gates in the city wall and today the gateway to the Burggarten, established on the site of a castle destroyed in an earthquake in 1356, and offering wonderful views of the old city.

Head towards Burggasse, passing the popular Schmiedgasse shopping street until you reach Plönlein, the city’s most famous symbol.

Things to see

  • Marktplatz
  • Rathausturm
  • St. Jakobskirche
  • Burgtor
  • Burggarten
  • Burggasse
  • Untere Schmiedgasse
  • Plönlein

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Sights in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

1. Plönlein

Plönlein

Plölein is the most famous postcard in the city. Translated literally as the “Little Square”.

The house is framed with two towers, the Kobolzell Tower and the Sieber Tower. The place seems to have come out of a fairy tale.

Plönlein, 91541

2. Marktplatz

MarktplatzMarktplatz

The Marktplatz is the center of the city and a meeting point for tourists from around the world. On-site there is the weekly market and many attractions during the summer.

Marktplatz, 91541

3. Rathaus

Rathaus

The Rathaus with its amazing renaissance facade overlooks the Marktplatz.

The Tower of the Rathaus is the highest in town providing a spectacular view of the medieval city and its surroundings.

Rosengasse 31, 91541

4. St. Jakobskirche

St Jakob

St. Jakobskirche is the most important church in Rothenburg. Its construction was completed in 1485.

Beim Klingentor, 91541

5. Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum

Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum

A thousand years of legal history is documented in the Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum.

The museum is located 260 meters from the Plölein.

Burggasse 3-5, 91541

Where to stay in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

1. Burggartenpalais Rothenburg

Burggartenpalais RothenburgBest Hotels in Rothenburg ob der Tauber – ©Burggartenpalais Rothenburg

The Hotel BurgGartenpalais is located in the historic center of Rothenburg near the Burgturm und Stadttor.

There are different types of rooms available, and all are equipped with a TV, kettle, coffee maker, and minibar.

The hotel has a restaurant serving regional Franconian and neighboring Swabian dishes.

Herrngasse 26, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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2. Eisenhut Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Eisenhut Rothenburg ob der TauberBest Hotels in Rothenburg ob der Tauber – ©Eisenhut Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The Eisenhut Rothenburg ob der Tauber is located in the historic city center near the Plönlein.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, hairdryer.

Herrngasse 3-5/7, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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3. Romantik Hotel Markusturm

Romantik Hotel MarkusturmBest Hotels in Rothenburg ob der Tauber – ©Romantik Hotel Markusturm

The Romantik Hotel Markusturm is an elegant historic hotel located in the Markusturm tower in the center of Rothenburg.

Rooms feature a seating area, electric kettle, and TV.

The hotel has a restaurant that serves a variety of regional and gourmet dishes.

Rödergasse 1, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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4. Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister

Hotel Reichs-KüchenmeisterBest Hotels in Rothenburg ob der Tauber – ©Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister

The Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister is located in the historic city center near the Marktplatz.

The rooms are uniquely decorated and equipped with a TV, kettle, coffee maker, and minibar.

The hotel has a spa and a sauna.

Kirchpl. 8, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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5. Tilman Riemenschneider

Tilman RiemenschneiderBest Hotels in Rothenburg ob der Tauber – ©Tilman Riemenschneider

The Tilman Riemenschneider is a traditional 16th-century hotel located in the city center.

Rooms feature rustic décor with a seating area and a flat-screen TV.

The hotel has a restaurant that serves local and international dishes, as well as regional wines.

Georgengasse 11 – 13, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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Shopping in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

1. Waffenkammer Rothenburg

The Waffenkammer is a store located in the historic center of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and offers a wide range of items and clothing that recall the Medieval Era.

Obere Schmiedgasse 9/11, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

2. ZentRo Rothenburg

ZentRo Rothenburg is a shopping mall located 1 km (0.6 miles) from the historic city center.

The mall houses a good variety of stores and a supermarket.

Bahnhofstraße 15, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Plan your Trip

Rothenburg ob der Tauber has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Würzburg, Nuremberg.

Distances

Würzburg – 60 km (37.3 miles)

Nuremberg – 104 km (64.7 miles)

Bamberg – 96.9 km (60.2 miles)

Munich – 248 km (154 miles)

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