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Rothenburg ob der Tauber (o.d.T)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (o.d.T) is the dream town for all romantics. This old Imperial Free City, its walled fortifications towering over the Tauber Valley, is the epitome of urban and rural harmony.

There is hardly another town that casts as powerful a spell over its visitors as Rothenburg ob der Tauber. To take a walk through this small place with its timeless feel is to come face to face with vanished centuries. History in Rothenburg always seems to be something you can really experience, and sometimes it has an amusing twist. Its proud Town Hall, the soaring towers and stout walls, the churches and patrician houses all bear witness to this. Thanks to the painters and poets of the Romantic age, Rothenburg becomes a symbol of the Middle Ages in Germany.


Rothenburg
         
 

How to get there?

By Car By Car

Motorway : Autobahn A7
Exit : 108 west

If you are driving and want to reach Rothenburg odT quickly, take the Autobahn A7 and exit 108 west. It is well marked via Ansbacher Strasse. If you prefer a more scenic drive, take the Romantische Strasse into the town. From Wurzurg, head south on the Romantische Strasse starting on Rt. 19 to Bad Mergentheim. Continue on to Creglingen and Detwang until you reach Rothenburg. If you are driving north, you will come up Rt. 25 from Dinkelsbuhl.


By Train By Train

Train station : Rothenburg ob der Tauber
(Deutsch Bahn Train)
Bus line : Europabus EB190
Bus direction : Frankfurt to Füssen
Arrival station : Rothenburg ob der Tauber

If you are taking a train in, make sure you are buying a ticket to Rothenburg ob der Tauber; there are several other Rothenburg's in Germany. The train station is east of the town wall, about a 15 minute walk to the center Market Square (Marktplatz) of the Altstadt.

By Air By Air

The closest airport to Rothenburg is Stuttgart Airport (STR), about 1.5 hours by car from Rothenburg. Stuttgart is a major hub for GermanWings and TUfly. A larger airport is Frankfurt Airport.


Käthe Wohlfahrt and Rothenburg

The story of Käthe Wohlfahrt and the Christmas villages and Christmas shops is connected in most people's minds to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the "Christmas town".

However, the original founder Wilhelm Wohlfahrt (the company is named after his wife) was originally an East German and the first sales of traditional Christmas articles from his home region to the American soldiers stationed in Germany took place on an American base near Stuttgart, not in Rothenburg.

It was 13 years later that the company moved to Rothenburg and set up the first Christmas shop there (now there are six in Rothenburg alone).

Although similar music boxes, nutcrackers, incense holders, wooden Christmas tree ornaments and cribs can be easily found these days in the commercial Christmas markets all over the world, Käthe Wohlfahrt can be credited with much of the marketing and development of what is now a massive niche for Christmas gifts.
 

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