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Journey back in time to the Middle Ages: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber: junction of Kobolzeller Steige and Spitalgasse at the Plönlein ©DZT (Francesco Carovillano)

There are very few places elsewhere in the world with such a wealth of original buildings dating from the Middle Ages as there are here. You can't help but ask yourself whether time has stood still in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, as you amble through the Old Town with its secluded squares and tucked-away corners with towers, fountains, gates and wine taverns.

Rothenburg may be small, but it has a remarkable wealth of historical sights, museums, churches, abbeys and monuments. So be sure to allow plenty of time for your visit. Rothenburg is also a great place to explore the Romantic Road, Germany's most famous and possibly most beautiful scenic route, where the country looks like something straight out of a fairytale, with royal palaces, beautiful countryside and, last but not least, delicious food. Back in Rothenburg, another nostalgic spot is the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village. The largest Christmas shop in Europe open all-year round, it stocks everything that makes the festive season special.

It is also well worth strolling through Rothenburg's Spitalviertel district, passing through one of the preserved Medieval town gates or visiting the wonderful churches. St. James' Church, for example, has a beautiful stone carving depicting Christ and the sleeping apostles. Also special is the beautifully decorated St. Wolfgang's Church at the Klingentor gate. It doesn't really matter where you go in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, as a different delightful sight will appear at every turn. And whatever you choose to visit and marvel at, there is always a cosy inn waiting afterwards, where you can satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst.

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