Unanimously hailed as Europe’s most perfectly picturesque walled city, the enchanting fortress of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an impossibly beautiful place to immerse yourself in the prosperous past. In every crevice of the cobbled centre, visitors will discover half-timbered houses, ancient arches and talismanic turrets; the architectural style is so consistent that even the resident McDonalds is concealed in a grand and Gothic building. A perfect position upon the river banks enhances the scenic splendour of the town and provides even more opportunities for serene strolls.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an architectural banquet whose streets offer aesthetically appealing treats on every corner One of the most grand structures is the Rathaus, an architectural amalgamation of Baroque beauty and Gothic grandeur. A talismanic tower rises resplendently from the richly decorated façade and visitors can ascend the steps to the vertiginous vantage point at the summit.
Boasting the title of Europe’s most comprehensive and colossal collection of artefacts relating to crime and punishment, the Kriminalmuseum display a professionally presented array of torture instruments and excellent reconstructions.
For a more flippant and frivolous immersion into the town’s rich culture, visit the colourful and compelling Doll and Toy Museum, whose creatively curated exhibitions provided an intriguing insight into the diversity of dolls and toys throughout the centuries.
For a truly traditional taste of German gastronomy, visit the rich and rustic Burgkeller Restaurant. A flower covered façade creates a picturesque first impression that will continue to improve after sampling some of the signature specialities; feast upon expertly seasoned potatoes, refreshing sauerkraut and crisp schnitzel before sipping a pint of authentic German ale. (Herngasse 24, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany)