Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Romantic Road is a world wide symbol of German romance. Artists have long taken inspiration from the unique location of this medieval town whose skyline with its 42 gates and towers is quite unmistakable. Nestling amidst beautiful, unspoiled countryside and still with a largely intact walkable town wall with medieval fortifications surrounding the historic center, Rothenburg with its winding alleyways and artistic treasures is the ideal place to relax.
There can hardly be another town of this size that has become such a meeting place of people from all over the world. Adding to the magical flair of this medieval gem is an annual calendar of diverse and atmospheric events. Why not visit the Imperial City Festival from September 2nd – 4th, 2016, when the history of the town is vividly brought to life by a thousand or so people re-enacting scenes from the past. Friday evening gets underway with a torch-lit procession to the market square, organized by the historical society after which the historic town hall and arcades provide the backdrop for a spectacular firework display set to music.
As the year draws to a close, the town showcases itself in the most romantic of lights. With the picturesque town hall to one side and St Jacob’s church to the other, the "Reiterlesmarkt" (Nov 25 – Dec 23, 2016) is considered to be one of the most attractive Christmas markets anywhere in Germany.
More summer events and highlights in Rothenburg 2016
May 1st 2016 – December 31st 2018: Special exhibition “Luther and Witchcraft”
A large special exhibition in the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum dedicates itself to Martin Luther and his attitude towards sorcery and witchcraft. The exhibition casts light on the great Reformer, the Reformation and the history of witchcraft from its beginning until the end of the large European with-hunts based on plenty of contemporary exhibits.
May 13th – 16th: Historical Festival Play 1631 “The Master Draught”
Young and old know it – the story of brave Mayor Nusch, who, with his legendary “Master Draught” saved the town from destruction and the councilors from the death sentence. Every Whitsun, this event is recreated when hundreds of citizens dress up in period costumes and take part in the “Master Draught”, as well as in a historical procession and a variety of military camps. Hightlight: Historical military parade on Sunday.
June 23rd - August 1st: Ambassadors of Music
Throughout the summer, several orchestra groups from the United States will perform on the Rothenburg Market Square.
August 12th – 14th: Taubertal Open Air Festival
Well-known open air festival with german and international bands, such as Placebo or The Hives. The festival takes place on an exceptional site, in the heart of the Tauber-valley, with the backdrop of the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. As well as the great location, this event is genuinely different from other open air events. As we are limited by the natural amphitheatre of the site, for us, it is a question of: 'size does not matter; it`s what you do with it.' The Taubertal-Festival is the club gig of the festival scene! For further information please go to www.taubertal-festival.de
August 17th – 21st: Wine Festival (“Weindorf”)
The 6th Rothenburger Wine Festival invites you to a culinary discovery tour. The festival takes place in the center of the town, located between the Town Hall and the St.-Jacob´s Church. Enjoy a mix of popular and rare wines, specialties and live-music in the great historical atmosphere in the Old Town of Rothenburg.
October 2nd 2016 – September 30th 2017: Special exhibition “Media of the Reformation – Clash of Religions”
The Ansbach Chancellor Georg Vogler left behind a huge collection of Reformation pamphlets to the city of Rothenburg after his death in 1550. This fund dramatically shows the bitterly fought religious and cultural battle that raged during the Reformation. The Imperial City Museum will resurge these conflicts in an exhibition.
Top Sightseeing Highlights
- Medieval town center with a distinctive skyline of 42 gates and towers
- 1.5 mile walkway on top of the town wall
- Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas village - open all year round
- St. James’s Church with the Holy Blood Altar by Tilman Riemenschneider
- A wealth of museums: Medieval Crime and Justice Museum, Imperial City Museum, German Christmas Museum and lots more