Rothenburg ob der Tauber: The Night Watchman’s Tour

Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber is like stepping into Snow White’s village at Disneyland – only this is where it all started and here it’s all for real. On my first visit, as a seventeen-year-old, I joyously shouted, “Rothenburg looks like Disneyland!” I was immediately scolded by a German family member and told, “No. Disneyland looks like Rothenburg. Don’t get that mixed up again!”

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is easily one of my favorite cities to see during visits to Germany. I have visited many times and each time have discovered something new and charming about the city. Travelers typically visit Rothenburg to enjoy an authentic, medieval and often romantic experience.

There are many beautiful, old buildings to enjoy around the city of Rothenburg. These buildings date back to the 1100s, and even the so-called “newer” buildings date back to the 1800s.

One activity that should not be passed up is the Night Watchman’s Tour. For only six Euros per person, anyone is welcome to meet in the market square, next to the Rathaus, at 8:00 p.m. daily to take the tour. For approximately one hour, the night watchman will take the group through the dark streets of the medieval town. The night watchman shares stories and teaches the group with the perfect blend of history and entertainment.

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My advice? Be sure to come with questions! The Night Watchman has been doing the tour for many years and can answer nearly any question about the history of Rothenburg. Take advantage of his knowledge and come prepared!

Also – try to keep with him. He walks at a fast pace and you will want to be in earshot of his story telling. He tells stories of fires, battles and of being stuck outside after curfew. He shares the stories with a humorous tone, but every story and fact is true.

The Night Watchman Tour is the perfect way to spend an evening in Rothenburg ob der Tauber! Don’t miss it!