Rothenburg, Germany

With its splendid location and charming medieval atmosphere hardly any other town is able to captivate its visitors in quite the same way as Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria. A walk through this small town is an unforgettable encounter with bygone centuries. The imposing building of the Town Hall, stately towers, massive fortifications, churches and patrician houses are witnesses to a mighty imperial past.

An imperial castle dating back to 1142 represents the beginning of the town. Elevated to a Free Imperial City in 1274, Rothenburg became one of the most important city states of the Middle Ages. In 1631, during the Thirty Years War, Rothenburg was taken by imperial troops. Ex-Mayor Nusch saved the town by drinking nearly 13 cups of wine in a single gulp, the so-called “Master draught”.
Losing its importance in the following centuries, Rothenburg’s medieval center remained untouched. In the Romantic era, the town was discovered by painters and poets and became a symbol of the Middle Ages in Germany. read
If there’s one image that encapsulates Rothenburg, it’s this fork in the road on Untere Schmiedgasse.
Looking south the street slits into upper and lower lanes, both walled by half-timbered and stone houses.
From the fork you can see two 13th-century gates: Siebersturm is on the upper level, while to the right, at the end of a curve is Kobolzellerturm, which opens onto the Tauber Valley.
In the centre of the fork is the prettiest building of the ensemble, a narrow half-timbered house with a pointed gable and a little fountain in front. read