Out of all the places we visited on our Central European Driving Vacation this was our favorite place. I know kind of crazy that we would choose a small, very small, town over some of the beautiful big cities we encountered, but the slower pace won us over. Like many places on this trip, this was not our first time visiting this city. When we lived in Germany this was one of those places we would take friends when they came from the states because it’s that fabulous. One thing we had never done was spend the night and take extra time to enjoy the city and it’s fortress.
Things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber:
- Walk around Old Town. It was beautiful on this Spring day, but we have also been during Christmas and it’s spectacular.
- Walk on the Town Walls
- Visit the Crime Museum. I am not sure I would suggest it, but we did go through it. It was interesting to say the least.
- Go to the top of Siebers Tower. It’s a lot of stairs, but worth it. Be warned once you get to the top you have to pay. It wasn’t much, but we weren’t expecting that.
- Toppler Castle. We would see it from the Burggarten but we had no idea what it was. We later figured it out.
You can walk nearly the whole wall that is all around the city. We walked most of it, and the scenery from there was beautiful.
The one thing I remembered about Rothenburg is that they had this pastry that can only be purchased in the area. They claim it’s in other places, but I have only ever seen it here in Rothenburg. I was actually excited to hunt it down and try it and see if it lived up to my memories. These pastries are called Schneeball or Snowball in English. They have so many different flavors/toppings that we didn’t know which ones to choose. We picked up a few then hurried off to show the others our treats. They were good, but just not as good as I remember from 20 years ago. Still it was fun to find them and try them again.
We used Booking.com to find the place we stayed. We had a room with a bathroom down the hall. Hotel Pension Becker was affordable, comfortable and very clean. There was nothing glamorous about it, but we loved it anyways. It was inside the Wall and easily accessible to all the shops, gardens and access to the wall.
What we discovered:
- The whole town is easily walkable.
- It’s a relaxing place to be. We ordered coffee and sat in the sun and did some people watching.
- There is a beautiful garden, perfect for watching the sunset.
- Since it is a rather touristy town it was nice to be there in the evenings after everyone left. It was much quieter.
- Beer is for breakfast. Not just those small pints, I’m talking the big ol beers.
- You can get maps in the town that show all places to see and everything is very close.
Plus we have the perfect way to plan the fun European Road Trip.