Experiencing history

Themed guided tours in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Stories from another time

For many, a trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a journey into the past. Approaching the city from the Hohenlohe Plateau allows you to imagine how the merchants, soldiers and other travelers of the Middle Ages first saw the city’s towers. From this vantage point, no modern architecture disturbs the view of the city.

Those wishing to immerse themselves in the Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber within the old city should join a costumed guided tour. An outdoor guided tour with the Hangman or the Craftsman’s Widow begins at the marketplace and winds its way through the alleyways. Costumed guided tours can be privately booked for larger groups.

No better way to end an evening in Rothenburg: Join Rothenburg’s Night Watchman as he makes his nighttime rounds! Follow him through the gloomy alleyways and across brightly lit squares. Enjoy the special atmosphere of Rothenburg at night. Listen to his tales and catch a glimpse of how people lived a long time ago.

Booking not required!

Nightwatchman Tour in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

English Tour:
January, 1st – January, 6th: daily at 8pm
January, 12th – March, 9th: Saturday at 8pm
March, 16th – December, 30th (except: December, 24th): daily at 8pm

Meeting point: Market Square

The dishonest and accordingly still single Hangman tells his tales of Devil’s work and witches’ magic, and his fruitless search for a hangman’s daughter to wed. He’ll show you enchanted sights and offer protective amulets, bones, and healing tinctures. He remains ever vigilant against the “witch’s shot”.

A historically based and vibrant journey through the lore of justice, healing, and superstitions of yore. The tour doesn’t require it to be dark because in the Dark Ages people believed in spirits during the day too. Suitable for children aged eight and older.

Booking not required!

Ghost-tour

English Tour:

April, 8th – January, 6th: daily at 7pm

Meeting point: Market Square

Who is Walburga? Where and how did she live? Visit the old house and experience with all your senses how a craftsman’s family lived. What did their bedchamber look like? How many children did they have? Where did they keep their stores?

Discover this and more from the Master Shoemaker on a gripping trip back through time to 1500. What customs, festivals, rules and punishments existed? Walburga shares this and much more on the walk through Rothenburg’s alleyways while she shops for her wedding.

Booking not required!

Walburgas time journey

English Tour:

April, 14th to October, 26th: every Saturday at 6pm

Meeting point: Townhall entrance

Travel in time through the musical works of German lyricists starting in the 11th century. Live music, melodies and songs of the past paint a picture of medieval life while featuring hightlights of Rothenburg.

Booking not required!

Medieval Musical Tour

English Tour:

April 1st through December 31st: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:45 am

Meeting point: Market Square

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