City walls & towers in Rothenburg
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City walls & towers in Rothenburg
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Unique towers & medieval charm

The city walls & towers in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Welcome to Rothenburg ob der Tauber – a magical town that looks like a living history book and is proudly nicknamed the “Franconian Jerusalem” thanks to its silhouette. Here, in the heart of Franconia, a rich past awaits you, characterized by majestic towers. These towers, which have adorned the city’s skyline since the 14th century, are not only architectural masterpieces, but also witnesses to a rich history.

Let us take you into a world full of history and fascinating towers as we introduce you to the beauty and magic of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

The town wall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a monumental legacy of bygone times, encloses history, guarded by towers that proclaim the beauty of eternity.

A city wall

like from a fairy tale

The old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is surrounded by a majestic city wall. Six magnificent gates and hidden doorways invite you to enter or leave the old town. Experience an unforgettable walk along the city wall on the Rothenburg Tower Trail, which takes you around four kilometers around the old town in around 2.5 hours.

Along the way, you will find informative boards and brochures that tell you about the fascinating history of Rothenburg through the 46 towers of the town. The city wall is open to you around the clock, so you can explore this fascinating city at any time of day or night.

The Röderturm

In the east of Rothenburg’s old town, the Galgentor (also known as the Würzburger Tor) and the Rödertor lead through the town wall into the medieval alleyways. Here, the Röderturm rises majestically above the town and regularly opens its gates to visitors.

From this elevated position, you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the old town, including the striking Markusturm tower with its stork’s nest and the accessible town hall tower. The Röderturm (near the Gerlachschmiede) is also a central starting point for the Rothenburg Tower Trail, which takes you on a journey of discovery around the old town.


Markusturm (tower)

A walk along the city walls to Wolfgang's Church

Start your walk at Rödertor, follow the wall to the north, past the imposing Würzburger Tor to Kummereck. From there, the path leads to the eastern part of the city, along Schrannenplatz. The St. Jacob’s Church and the picturesque private gardens along the way will catch your eye before you reach the Wolfgangskirche church. This church, also known as the Schäferskirche, is not only a spiritual place, but also an integral part of the city’s fortifications, into whose Rothenburg casemates you can immerse yourself.

Rödertor (gate)

Wolfgang's Church

Along the wall to Rothenburg castle garden

After your visit to the Wolfgang’s Church, the Tower Path leads you further towards the Castle Garden. You pass by the Criminal Tower and the Rothenburg Museum before reaching the majestic Castle Gate and the enchanting Castle Garden. Here, you have the opportunity for a relaxing break in the shady garden.

The Tower Path continues along the Castle Alley, and your gaze inevitably wanders over the picturesque Tauber Valley and the Rothenburg Wine yard ‘Weinberg an der Eich’.

Castle garden

View from the Castle Garden

View from the
Castle Garden

The Spitalviertel and the Plönlein - a stroll through history

From the Medieval Crime Museum, the Tower Path leads you southward, passing by the world-famous Plönlein and the impressive Kobolzeller Tor into the Spitalviertel of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

In the southern part of the old town, you will encounter the Spitaltorbastei, the youngest part of the city fortification, completed in 1537. The inscription “Pax intrantibus – salus exeuntibus” above the gateway means “Peace to those who enter and health to those who leave” – a fitting motto for a hospitable and cosmopolitan city like Rothenburg ob der Tauber. In fact, Haneda Airport in Tokyo has adopted this motto for its mission statement.

Kobolzeller Tor


The Towers of the Old City Wall

Before you continue your journey, don’t forget to explore the impressive towers in the center of the old town. The Markusturm and the Weisser Turm were once the entrances to the first fortifications of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Take your time to discover the history of these towers and enjoy the view.

Experience the captivating history and impressive towers of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in a way you will never forget. Embark on the journey and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of this city of towers.

Weisser Turm


TOP sights in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Colored facades, slanted gables, wooden beams, golden inscriptions, ornaments, and original carvings – not only do our whimsical half-timbered houses in Rothenburg ob der Tauber possess incredible charm. Get to know the most beautiful places and TOP sights of our enchanting city.

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