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Those travelling along Germany’s romantic road will pass through several quaint towns that will remind you of the fairy tales you read as a child. One such town that you should make an effort to visit is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. You really can’t do this town justice with a drive by visit. You need at least one day in Rothenburg ob der Tauber to fully immerse yourself in its rich culture.
Shops to check out in Rothenburg
Begin your day perusing the shops. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is filled with examples of beautiful German craftmanship. This is the perfect place to pick up a German Stein, Coo-coo Clock, Nutcracker or a pair of Birkenstocks.
Käthe Wohlfahr is actually head-quartered in Rothenburg. This Christmas shop has everything your heart can possibly imagine. It is the perfect place to get a handmade Christmas ornament for your tree or a Wooden Coo-coo Clock. Give yourself plenty of time to browse the store. The store is is filled with beautiful displays and collections of all different types of Christmas figurines & villages.
If you want to learn more about the Germanic history of Christmas, there is even a Käthe Wohlfahr Christmas Museum! There you will see how Christmas trees became what they are today! The Christmas shop is not only for adults. Kids will enjoy the interactive features of the shop like the animatronic toy displays.
If you are shopping for a child or are a child at heart, be sure to check out the Teddy Land Shop. Germany is known throughout the world for their Steiff stuffed animals. This shop has every type of Teddy Bear imaginable (even Steiff). Be sure to notice the sweet interactive display near the front entrance!
All that shopping may make you hungry. There are many different cafes and restaurants in Rothenburg. Be sure to head to a cafe to grab a Schneebälle (Snowball).This popular dessert is pastry dough layered and shaped into a ball & then covered with chocolate, nuts or sugar (or a combination).
Other Things to see in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
St. Jacob’s (James) Church
This historic Lutheran church was built between 1311-1484 and houses some amazing artistic religious creations. Inside the church, you will find Altar of the Twelve Apostles by famous woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider. This high alter is one of the most important in Germany and dates back to the 1500’s.
If you are in town on a Saturday, you can join an English-language public tour of St Jacobs Church. The tour is free at 3pm and lasts about 45 minutes, otherwise you will pay just a few Euros to enter.
Night Watchman Tour
Meet in the town square just before 8 pm and you will go on a historical (and quite amusing) walk led by the Night Watchman. The Watchman will give you an entertaining perspective on town life.
Who was the Night Watchman? He had the dangerous job of protecting the city once the townspeople wen to bed; making his rounds from 9pm til 3am. You can only imagine the types of things he would see at those hours and to tell it, he saw a lot!
Tour is in English at 8pm and German at 9pm. Cost is 8 Euro for adults, 4 Euro for students, kids under 12 years old are FREE. No advance payment needs to be made. Simply look for the bucket at the end of the tour to place your fees.
Where we stayed in Rothenburg Germany
While in Rothenburg, we chose to stay right in town (mostly because of we wanted to do the Nightman’s Watch Tour) and I’m so glad that we did. The Hotel Gasthof zur Sonne Rothenburg was lovely and allowed us to really immerse ourselves in the town. Since we are a family of four, Hotel Gasthof zur Sonne was nice because it sleeps four comfortably, had an ensuite bathroom and served breakfast. We stayed here while we were driving through the Romantic Road, so it was nice to also have private parking.
Do you have any tips for those spending one day in Rothenburg Germany?