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Rothenburg Hotels

My wife and I are taking a 34 night honeymoon all over Europe. On our way from Prague to Munich we plan to stop in Rothenburg for 1 or 2 nights. I have Rick's 2014 Germany travel guide. What are the best moderately priced hotels? and is it worth staying for 2 nights? Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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We stayed for 2 nights at Hotel Uhl. It is just inside a gate. We were pleased with our stay there. They own the cafe downstairs, and you go to the cafe for breakfast. You could get by with spending one night, but we try to minimize one night stays. Be sure to go on the Night Watchman's tour!!

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We stayed at the Gerberhaus, an RS rec, and were quite happy.

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We stayed 3 nights at the Burg Hotel, which is right on the wall and has a great view of the gardens and the valley. Owners and staff were very friendly, accommodating, and there is some parking. Breakfast was very good with eggs cooked to order.
Rooms very romantic, comfortable beds and quiet location. We loved Rothenburg and had a great time exploring the walls, taking a day tour and the nightwatchman's tour. Stay at least 2 nights.

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When we went by train we stayed at Hotel Hornburg just outside the wall--easy walk from train station--very nice, friendly owners and excellent breakfast''

When we had a car we stayed in the valley at Pension Fuchsmuhle---very nice but a good uphill climb to the city---although ROT has plenty of free parking


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We stayed here last Sept for 2 nights @ 90 euros/night
Hotel Gasthof Goldener Greifen
Obere Schmiedgasse 5, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber"

The room and facilities were excellent and parking is provided. It is very close to the main square. The building itself is over 500 years old. They provide free Wi-Fi.
We used Rotherberg as a base to visit other sites in the area.

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I encourage you to stay inside the walls. The best time in Rothenburg is early in the morning and in the evening after the daytrippers are gone.

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We stayed in Pension Poesel, just inside the walls. I'd stay there again, it was a nice, reasonably priced, and well located accomodation.

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Here's another vote for Gerberhaus. It had a terrific breakfast and a lovely back garden with a few chairs & tables (and I think you could have a few beverages there too, not sure). Quiet, but right in the heart of things.

I know that some people find Rothenburg touristy, and it can be, but it is also one of the most picturesque towns in Europe. When the crowds bothered us, we simply lounged in the garden of Gerberhaus for a bit, and all was well.
Have a great time!!


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I'll throw in another recommendation for Hotel Uhl. It is inside the wall and close to everything, but we had a room with a great view outside of the wall. The staff was very nice and breakfast was good. Two nights work well in my opinion, especially if you arrive later in the day the first day, and leave in the morning after your second night. Then you have one full day. I enjoyed walking through the town in the evening, and walking on the wall late in the day as the sun was getting low. Definitely catch the Nightwatchman's tour. That was probably my favorite thing in Rothenburg.

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The Gastehaus Raidel is a bargain if you do not need lots of modern conveniences. Nice owner. Good breakfast. Lots of old house atmosphere. Great location. Takes only cash.

We stopped there with my brother and his wife about 10 days ago. My brother thought it the best stop of our trip. We were there two days. We are Rothenburg fans.

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I stayed at the Gasthaus/Restaurant Alter Keller, which rents out four rooms above the restaurant. It was a friendly place, in a great location really close to the center of town. I felt very comfortable there. (Google for the TA review of "Gasthaus Alter Keller".) I highly recommend it, especially if you want to stay somewhere with a more personal experience than a hotel. I found them responsive to emails. English fluently spoken/written.

I didn't eat dinner there (closed on Monday while I was there), but Rick Steves recommends the restaurant I believe; you might at least stop in for a meal. If you book at the Alter Keller (to stay over), book with them directly not through one of the booking websites; I got a better rate that way, and you cut out the booking website from taking a cut of the revenue.

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We just returned from Germany and charming Rothenburg ob der Taube. What a delight that village is!! We stayed for 2 nights and wished we had another night there....there's quite a lot to see, if you are interested. We walked the wall, visited the Museum of Torture (not quite what the name implies, although it was rather disturbing to see the actual instruments used for humiliation and punishment), wandered the quaint cobblestone streets, shopped a bit, and did the highly entertaining Night Watchman tour. We stayed at the Hotel Spitzweg and I recommend it. The host, Walter Hochberg, is so welcoming and informative and the rooms and beds are very comfortable and are decorated in Bavarian style with the painted furniture, at least ours was. The included breakfast was really nice and very complete, served in a charming breakfast room. The hotel is in a great location, inside the walls, down a quiet side street, right in the middle of the old town. We loved fact, voted it the most charming of all the hotels we stayed in during our 5 weeks trip!!!

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Would second all of the comments re staying in Rothenburg 2 nights. Just a comment about the hotels, I almost had a heart attack carrying luggage up the stairs at the Spitzweg several years ago. . I learned my lesson. Be careful of hotels without lifts- I won't stay in a hotel where I have to carry luggage up more than 1 flight... FYI, the Spitzweg did have private parking if that is of interest to you. Have a great trip!!!