Rothenburg – medieval town

View along the Rödergasse (alley) towards the Röderbogen (Röder Arch) and Markusturm (Markus Tower) built around 1200 on the first city wall within the outer fortifications built later.
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  • Location : Rödergasse Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany  (Google Earth)
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, well known for its well-preserved medieval old town. Rothenburg was a Free Imperial City from the late Middle Ages to 1803. The name of the town means, in German, “Red fortress above the Tauber”.  (excerpts from Wikipedia)


View along the Klingengasse (alley) towards the Klingentor (Klingen Gate) formerly used as a water tower.


View of the Burgtor (Castle Gate) from the gardens where the Imperial Castle built in 1152 used to stand until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1356.The gates date from 1591/96, the tower from 1280.


“Jagstheimer House”, built in 1488, now a pharmacy with St. George’s Fountain in the foreground. The fountain’s decorations date back to the late Renaissance (1608).


Gerlachsschmiede (Old Forge) close to the east wall near the Röder Gate in Rothenburg

photos and captions by Geoffrey Hughes

These photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


City walls
This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Awmjr at the wikipedia project.


Rathaus (Town Hall)
photo by Berthold Werner (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons




Röderbogen und Markusturm


Würzburger Tor

photos by Berthold Werner (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Plönlein, a former marketplace

on the left side the Siebers-gate on the right the Kobolzeller-gate.
one of the most photographed and painted places in Germany.

photo by Berthold Werner (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Plönlein Rothenburg um 1900

photo by Photoglob AG, Zürich, Switzerland or Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


7 thoughts on “Rothenburg – medieval town

    • Hello, Cindy! Thank you for your comment. Because all the German towns are clean and have similar cityscape, I was not interesting even if I went to wherever. However, Romantic Road which Rothenburg represents is recommended because old cityscape is preserved.

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