Rothenburg ob der Tauber has only 12,000 residents, making it possibly Germany’s most famous small town. Every year, millions of visitors are captivated by its magical charm. A walk through the narrow alleys is like turning the pages of a thick history book, since German history can be met with every step. The origins of the town date back to the 12th century, and until today gates, towers, and mighty walls tell of that time.
In the Middle Ages, Rothenburg was one of the most powerful towns of the South, but during the Thirty Years’ War influence and wealth declined. Legend has it that in 1631 mayor Nusch saved the city from destruction by drinking a glass of more than three liters of wine in one big gulp.
The town’s particular charm is owed to the exciting contrast of life in these romantic surroundings, and the international, modern comfort of a tourist town of today.
Dinkelsbühl, another lovely town by the Romantic Road, offers visitors a rather special stay: Pointy gables and winding alleys of medieval architecture are not a sign of a stiffened past; on the contrary, this former imperial town bears witness to a harmonious merging of today’s and yesterday’s life, making it an ideal location for a vacation which offers both recreation and excitement.
Dinkelsbühl’s history is omnipresent, but especially vivid during the “Kinderzech” festival week, when the legendary salvation of the town during the Thirty Years’ War is celebrated.
But outside of the “fifth season”, the town at River Wörnitz has a lot to offer throughout the year: A medieval town’s festival with traditional handicraft in September, Fish-Harvest-Week in late October, and many other, diverse events, from the taverns’ festival in March to the Christmas Market in December.
This picturesque town creates an atmosphere which invites to numerous activities: to shop around, to enjoy regional culinary specialties, to take a walk along the idyllic ponds outside the town, or to take an evening stroll with Dinkelsbühl’s night watchman inside the completely preserved town walls.
With its unique blend of tradition and modern life, this medieval town by the Romantic Road attractis visitors from all parts of the world.
The completely preserved “Historical Town Center” (a cultural heritage); particularly: Minster St. Georg (1448 to 1499), Old Town Hall (1361), “Hezelhof” (16th century), Spital Complex (around 1280) with its Historical Museum, Patrician Houses on Market Square (i.e. “German House”), Town Mill (14th century) with its Museum of the Third Dimension, Town Park with its painters’ corner by the Rothenburg pond, historical festival “Kinderzeche”, and Night Watchman – guided tour.
Natural Park Frankenhöhe
A large part of “Romantic Franconia” belongs to the Nature Park Frankenhöhe (“Franconian Heights”), covering 1,100 sq.km. It is one of Southern Germany’s sunniest areas, and one of the thinnest populated regions in Bavaria, with only 60 residents per square kilometer. This area is located North East to the well-known town Rothenburg ob der Tauber, bordering on the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Extreme weather fluctuations are rare in this sunny climat. This climate earned federal recognition for the health resort towns Burgbernheim, Dietenhofen, Feuchtwangen, and Schillingfürst. It offers best conditions not only for people but also for many plants and animal species.
Ansbach – the “City of Franconian Rococo” featuring magnificent structures, facades, and the Margravial Palace.
Charlemagne, the German Order of Knighthood, and Walther von der Vogelweide, all form a connection between Feuchtwangen (a federally recognized health resort town) and its history. The more than 800-years old cloister serves as the scenery for one of the most atmospheric open-air stages of Southern Germany. The mighty Baroque-era palace on a hillside of Frankenhöhe has seen glorious days.
Southern Germany's largest burial place of the Hohenzollern dynasty can be found at the 860-years old Minster, in the small town of Heilsbronn. The generous art treasuries created by Michael Wolgemut, Albrecht Dürer, Adam Kraft, Veit Stoß, and Peter Vischer, all have survived World War II without a scratch, and they still bear witness to the significance of the foundation of the Cistercians.