Home » Travel » Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Germany’s Medieval Fairytale Town Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Germany’s Medieval Fairytale Town February 2, 2024 by Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet · No CommentsAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.See my disclosure policy.About 90 minutes north of where I’m from in Southern Germany lies a small village that was one of my favorite destinations growing up, especially during Christmas time. It is Germany’s famous medieval walled town with sites you’d think were taken straight out of a fairytale book: Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
A Brief History of Rothenburg ob Der Tauber Rothenburg ob der Tauber has a long history with traces of settlements going back to the 9th century and possibly even earlier with Celtic inhabitants. The town’s name was first recorded around 950 AD as “Rotinbure” and it was in 1070 that the Comburg-Rothenburg counts built a castle on a hill overlooking the Tauber River, marking the foundation of Rothenburg as we know it. Fast forward a hundred years and the town center was established with the marketplace and St.James’ Church. The town walls and towers were then constructed in the 13th century to provide protection.In 1274, Emperor Rudolph I granted Rothenburg the status of a “Free Imperial City,” giving it significant autonomy and independence within the Holy Roman Empire and it was from that period onward that the town began to flourish as a trade center and