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Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Travel Planning
Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber at a Glance

Rothenburg is a picture-perfect stop on southern Germany's Romantic Road. Here medieval houses, cobblestones and gates make you feel like you're in a fairy tale. 

Rothenburg can be extremely crowded with day-trippers, especially during the summer months. If you'd like to avoid crowds, spend the night in the city and enjoy it all to yourself after people have left for the evening. Alternatively, visit during the winter when the colder, wetter weather keeps all but locals away. 

The city's medieval walls are a must visit for anyone with sturdy legs. Visitors can walk in an unbroken ring all the way around town. If it's open, check out the good views from the eastern tower. 

Shopping is another popular pastime in Rothenburg. Christmas ornaments, wine, glassware and pictures are all for sale. If you're looking for a retreat from the crowds, the trout-filled Tauber River is a good place to stroll or to fish. 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      U.S. citizens must have a passport that is valid three months beyond the date of departure from Germany, but can stay in in the country as tourists for 90 days without a visa. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

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      • Railroad Rothenburg ob der Tauber Hauptbahnhof
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Severe thunderstorms and flooding are the biggest weather threats in the summer, but neither is excessively common. During the winter, snow storms can cause delays and icy roads. 

      Safety Concerns By and large, Rothenburg is a safe place, but caution and attentiveness are never a bad idea. Pickpockets can also be an issue in when the town becomes crowded with tourists. 

      Health Concerns Rothenburg's water is safe to drink. Tick-borne diseases are found in the country, so check yourself over if you've been out in the wilderness.