Market Square in Rothenburg
                                                                A historical treasure
Market Square in Rothenburg
                                                                A historical treasure
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A historical treasure

The Market Square
in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The market square in Rothenburg is the heart of our enchanting town and a real feast for the eyes with its picturesque half-timbered houses, cobbled streets and well-tended flowerbeds. Take a stroll through the narrow alleyways and be enchanted by the medieval architecture.

The market square in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a historical jewel for unforgettable experiences.

The Market Square

Start here to stroll through Rothenburg's alleyways

In addition to its historical flair, the market square also offers a variety close by shopping opportunities: Discover the charming boutiques, souvenir stores and art galleries along the streets. Here you will find unique handmade products, traditional works of art and local specialties such as Rothenburg snowballs to take home with you. Whether you are looking for a special souvenir or just want to take a stroll, the marketplace offers the perfect start.

Shopping: What to find

Reiterlesmarkt & the Christmas village

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is best known for its famous Christmas market. With its picturesque half-timbered houses, festively decorated streets and romantic atmosphere, Rothenburg is the perfect place to get in the mood for Christmas.

The traditional “Reiterlesmarkt” is the oldest Christmas market in Rothenburg. Here you can sample local delicacies, admire traditional handicrafts and be enchanted by the sounds of Christmas music. Here you also have the opportunity to take part in various events and concerts that add to the festive atmosphere.

Just around the corner you will find the famous German Christmas Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into the history and traditions of Christmas. Admire the artistically designed Christmas decorations, old nativity scenes and historic Advent calendars. The Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village takes you into a magical Christmas world and brings back childhood memories.

©Rothenburg Tourismus Service, W. Pfitzinger

Traditions & stories around the Market Square

Not far from the market square is the Medieval Crime Museum, a fascinating museum that gives you an insight into the criminal law and punishments of times gone by. Explore the exhibitions and learn more about instruments of torture, court proceedings and the dark side of history. The Medieval Crime Museum is a unique experience that offers you a different perspective on Rothenburg.

Cultural and historical events such as the medieval Pentecost Festival or the Imperial City Days are dedicated to the rich history and heritage of Rothenburg every year. These historical festivals take you back to the Middle Ages and allow you to experience life in an imperial city at first hand. Experience historical processions, craft demonstrations, knights’ games and medieval dances. The streets are filled with jugglers, merchants and craftsmen who bring the colorful hustle and bustle of this bygone era to life.

an anecdote

The legend of Georg Nusch and the rescue of Rothenburg in 1631

The legend of Georg Nusch and his heroic consumption of wine during the siege of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in 1631 is a fascinating episode from the town’s history. Georg Nusch, who was mayor of the town at the time, became a local legend as a result of this courageous act.

The story goes that during the siege of Rothenburg ob der Tauber by the troops of Field Marshal Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, the town was in an extremely threatening situation. The imperial troops had surrounded the town and the inhabitants were in danger of starvation and destruction. In this critical situation, Georg Nusch decided on an unusual strategy to save the city.

Georg Nusch went to the imperial besiegers and made them an unusual proposal. He agreed to drink 3 3/4 liters of wine in a single draught on the condition that the city would be spared. This bold move deeply impressed Field Marshal Tilly and his officers, and they agreed to accept the offer and abandon the siege.

Georg Nusch fulfilled his promise and reportedly drank the wine without hesitation. This astonishing act of wine consumption saved Rothenburg ob der Tauber from disaster and made Georg Nusch a local hero.

Fantastic views from the town hall tower

The town hall tower is not only architecturally impressive, but also a living testimony to history. With its carillon and magnificent view, it attracts visitors from all over the world and gives the city an unmistakable character. It measures a proud 54 meters in height and towers over the rooftops of the city with its imposing size. After climbing just 220 steps, you can enjoy the fantastic view of the city to the full. Please note that opening hours may vary during the low season. You can find more information here:

From the top, you can watch the hustle and bustle in front of the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas stores and look eastwards to the market square. To the north you are very close to St. Jacob’s Church, while to the south the Spitalviertel opens up behind the Medieval Crime Museum. The market square is also the starting point for the unique night watchman tours and other city tours.

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You will also find nearby:

Marktplatz 10 | 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Saturday: 08:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Sunday: closed

Marktplatz 2 | 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Sunday: closed

Marktplatz 1 | 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Opening hours:
vary according to the respective office
You can find further information here:


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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