Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Master Drink. Romanticism. Magic.
Rothenburg is full of surprises: Protected by a ring of intact fortifications you will find many cozy corners and picturesque, narrow streets. You can indulge in a short course on German history or you can just sit back and enjoy the romantic ambiance.
It is no coincidence that the Romantic Route and the Castle Road cross in Rothenburg. Both roads are some of the oldest and best known tourist destinations in Germany. The city gets some of its world-wide reputation just from its location along both of them.
Rothenburg has served as a backdrop for many historical movies and local residents are well rooted in their history. You can find unique museums here: the Free City Museum, the Medieval Crime Museum, the Doll and Toy Museum, and the German Christmas Museum. But the true magic of the city can only be experienced on a stroll through town and after a glass of Franconian wine in one of the old, established wine taverns.
At least according to local myth, wine has indeed played a pivotal role in the history of Rothenburg. The story of the “master drink” is being reenacted every year. According to it, during the Thirty Year War, the Catholic general Tilly intended to burn the city to the ground. But upon his arrival in the city, he was greeted with a welcome drink, a huge mug of wine that held 13 “Schoppen” or half-liters of wine. Tilly is said to have boasted that he would spare the city if somebody were able to empty the whole container in one. Story has it that the retired mayor Nusch was able to accomplish the feat and the city was thus spared.
- Medieval Cityscape
- Gothic Church St. Jacob
- Intact and Usable City Fortifications
- Imperial City Days
- “Master Drink” Festival
August 11th, 2017 - August 13th, 2017High above Rothenburg’s old town, the moon bathes the contours of the old city walls in a soft light that makes them stand out against the night sky … This is a particularly impressive sight from the Tauber Valley – and every year it gladdens the hearts of thousands of rock fans who make their way to the fields at the foot of the town every August for a weekend of ...
Rothenburger Wine Village
August 16th, 2017 - August 20th, 2017The wine festival of the medieval, imperial city; Local eating establishments have teamed up with winegrowers from all over Franconia to offer you a great selection of quality Franconian wines as well as a fine selection of culinary treats.
Trade fairs and exhibits
Media of the Reformation
October 2nd, 2016 - September 30th, 2017The 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, for these conflicts are reflected very strongly ...
Christmas markets and -events
Christmas Market "Reiterlesmarkt"
December 1st, 2017 - December 23rd, 2017Long nights and shorter, colder days: if you want to get the best out of a German tradition, then a visit to Rothenburg’s Reiterlesmarkt is a must during the Advent period. Every year, the medieval town of Rothenburg is transformed into a winter’s fairytale. As far back as the 15th century, Advent festivities have been accompanied by a wonderful Christmas market. This ...
Trade fairs and exhibits
Exhibition: Luther and Witchcraft
May 1st, 2016 - December 31st, 2018A 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 witch-hunts based on plenty of contemporary exhibits. This special ...