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  • 1 Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D - 91541 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

    The very well-preserved ramparts and 13C and 14C towers are open to the public. The southern entry to the town is defended by the Spitaltor (hospital gate), a massive 16C bastion surrounded by two inner oval-shaped courtyards.

  • 2 Town Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Marktplatz 1 D - 91541 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

    The Gothic part of the town hall, its gable topped by a 60m-high belfry, is 14C, while that facing Marktplatz, with its octagonal staircase, is Renaissance. The Imperial Gothic hall, vaults (museum) and belfry, which commands a fine view of the town,..

  • 3 Hospital Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Spitalgasse D - 91541 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

    The buildings (16C and 17C) of the hospital occupy the southern extremity of the plateau known as the "peak of the cap". There are some fine works of art in the Gothic chapel, and, in the middle of the courtyard, the Hegereiterhäuschen, a g..

  • 4 Herrngasse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Herrngasse D - 91541 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

    This busy shopping street is lined with the mansions of former well-to-do townspeople. Those interested can look into some of the courtyards (no 15, for example), where the half-timbered gallery rests on wooden pillars.

  • 5 St James' Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Klostergasse 15 D - 91541 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

    The pride and joy of this graceful, Gothic two-chancel church is a masterpiece by Tilman Riemenschneider: the "Holy Blood" Altarpiece (1504), which depicts Judas from behind looking at Christ. In the nearby square stands the Renaissance bui..

  • 6 Wolfgangskirche

    Religious buildings

    D - 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    This unusual fortified Gothic church was built in the late 15C. Incorporated into the barbican (fortified construction pierced with holes) doubling the defences of the gateway, it is endowed with its own casemates and parapet walk.

  • 7 Franciscan Church

    Religious buildings

    Herrngasse D - 91541 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

    The rood screen (pulpit on the way into the chancel), as well as the columns and walls are decorated with fine 15C and 16C sculptures. Also note, on the left above a funerary niche, the Creglingen Madonna (1400).

  • 8 Municipal Museum

    Museums and art

    Klosterhof 5 D - 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    The municipal museum is installed in a former Dominican monastery. Displays include a medieval kitchen, beautiful oak-beamed rooms, the Rothenburg Stations of the Cross (1494) and the original hanap (large vase) drained by ex-Burgomaster Nusch, depic..

  • 9 Baumeisterhaus

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Obere Schmiedgasse D - 91541 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

    The gables of this Renaissance house are adorned with dragon motifs. The statues of the first floor represent the seven cardinal virtues, while those on the second illustrate the seven deadly sins.

  • 10 Medieval Crime Museum

    Museums and art

    Burggasse 3-5 D - 91541 Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber

    Housed in the former headquarters of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, the Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) provides a fascinating introduction to the history of law, including how society deals with criminal behaviour and th..

  • 11 Burggarten

    Nature and gardens

    D - 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    All that remains of the noble and Imperial fortress erected on this promontory in the early 12C are the Blasiuskapelle, which has been turned into a war memorial, and a fortified gateway. The area is now a public garden with views of the meandering T..

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