Germany · Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber (literally, the “red castle on the Tauber”) is perhaps the best-known of all the medieval “sights” on the Romantic Road in Bavaria. Along with its two neighbours (Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen to the south) it is a prime example of a walled medieval town – one of the only ones left in Germany – and its beautiful buildings, walls and alleys have led to it becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bavaria. Rothenburg may be small, but it has a remarkable wealth of historical sights, museums, churches, abbeys and monuments.
As late as the 17th century, it was a small but thriving market town that had grown up around the ruins of two 12th-century churches destroyed by an earthquake. Then it was laid low economically by the havoc of the Thirty Years’ War, and with its economic base devastated, the town remained a backwater until modern tourism rediscovered it.
Once a year, Rothenburg ob der Tauber transforms itself into a fairy-tale winter wonderland. Ever since the 15th century, the festive time prior to Christmas has been accompanied by a delightful Christmas Market. Looking back on over 500 years of tradition little has changed over the years and the historical customs have been closely followed.
Holding true to traditions the narrowly winding streets and picturesque squares around the town hall and its archways are lined with wooden booths, appropriately decorated for the Christmas season.
Everything your heart desires can be found at this charming market, may it be the traditional Christmas pastries or the mulled wine. Gadgets and treasures as well as lovingly crafted Christmas decoration can be found in a variety of booths and are sure to serve as a token of appreciation for loved ones at home as well as a welcomed reminder of your time spent in Rothenburg.