Photo Diary: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany // Is the hype warranted?
If you’ve ever considered visiting Germany then you’ve seen Rothenburg listed as the must-see quintessential German village. Tour buses roll into town daily following Rick Steves’ advice. A Roman wall encompassing the historic old town, picture-perfect cross-timbered buildings and a famous Christmas Market, millions of tourists flock to this town annually, but should they?
Living an hour and a half from Rothenburg I was able to visit twice, once in autumn and again during the Christmas market season. Of course the Christmas Market was magical (I raved all about it here) but autumn though, that’s when for me the town was a true winner. Our visit was on a weekday and lacked the hoards of vacationers that typically fill the streets. It was peaceful and charming. Our out-of-country visitors were delighted as we did Rick’s self-guided walk (Rick Steves: Guide to Germany) through back alleys and echoing church sanctuaries. Over the course of two hours we shared a Schneeball (I like to call it a ‘sugar bomb’, consisting of basically sugar and pastry dough), took cute couple-y pictures at the overlook just outside the wall and drank hot apple cider in the street. We even made time to watch the most unimpressive cuckoo clock show in Europe. (Though to be fair, Rick had warned us about this.) With the fall colors, Rothenburg was beautiful and made for a pleasant stop in route to Munich. It is high-season/weekend visit worthy? I’m not sure. Take a look at my pics from our visit and tell me what you think.
Have you ever visited somewhere that was a tourist hit only to be disappointed? If you’ve been, what do you think of Rothenburg?
A quick note for travelers: There are multiple Rothenburg’s in Germany. Don’t navigate to the wrong one like we almost did! Use this address when you go:Marktplatz 1, Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber,91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany. Also, if you’re worried about crowds then stay overnight!