Medieval Village in Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber: a German Village Preserved by Poverty and Pestilence

After centuries of poverty and neglect, a lovely, preserved medieval village along Germany’s Romantic Road in Bavaria provides a fabulous experience for visitors. When war and the bubonic plague broke out in the 17th century, no one wanted to visit or even travel through Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which basically left no money for growth. As a result, what was the second largest city in Germany in the 14th century is now a well-preserved village from the Middle Ages.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a magical village complete with Castle, terraced vineyards, gardens, crooked cobblestone lanes, half-timbered houses, impressive churches, and many Christmas shops, all encircled within Roman walls. You can walk on top of these old stone walls, indeed battlements of history. You will enjoy views of vineyards running down to the Tauber River, as well as views into the village.

Long range view of Rothenburg ob der Tauber with an orange dusky sky and an old white church in the foreground
Rothenburg ob der Tauber

A November Visit

Nightwatchman in a long black cape carrying a halberd leading a tour at night, walking on a cobblestone street in the old preserved medieval village.
The Nightwatchman
Rob and Barbara outside of the Zur Höll (to Hell) restaurant in this medieval village in Germany
Dinner at Zur Höll


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