Hi. We are two couples who plan to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber mid June for one day and want suggestions as to where to stay while in Rothenburg. Are there good places within the town? Can you stay at a nicer place outside of town for less money? Thanks for any assistance you might provide. Michelle
Try this place: http://www.gasthof-greifen-rothenburg.de/e_index.php3
We stayed there a few years ago, and will be back in June. Just off the main square in town, breakfast is included, and quite reasonable, with parking just behind the inn. Very convenient.
We also stayed at the Gasthof Goldener Greifen and enjoyed it very much. Rothenburg seems to have lots of affordable lodging, being one of our least expensive stops.
If you want to try something different, last year we stayed in bed and breakfast with a good breakfast, and a very nice landlady (Karin):
Of course, staying outside the town walls doesn't even come close to the romanticism inside. However, for us it was a question of priorities. The price difference paid for our dinner! The pension offered a nice bed and a friendly chat with the owner over breakfast. We stayed in Rothenburg from 4 pm till about 10 pm the first day and were back in town at 8 am and left just after 10 am when the tour busses poured in.
btw, we ran out of gas on the way to Rothenburg right on the Autobahn and had to be rescued by the "Yellow Angels". The fuel gage wasn't working properly. So arriving later than expected we were glad that we had reservations for a small pension close by.
see rick steves book for details.
You will definitely save some money by staying in a place outside the town walls. And there are quite a few options within a 5 minute drive of Rothenburg's parking lot. Can't give you personal recommendations as we did that 15 years ago and paid about 25 Euros for a night. If you don't have a car I would suggest you stay inside the walls, though.
Here is a website that gives an overview of accommodations in Rothenburg and surroundings ("Umgebung"). The site itself is in German but if you click on the http icon next to the name of the place it leads you the the hotel's website and those are often in English. The website lists hotels, appartments and B&B type accommodations (Pension). Always with options in Rothenburg and surroundings ("Umgebung")
We stayed at Pension Poeschel inside the walls. It is a RS recommended pension. It was reasonably priced and comfortable. I would stay there again. While you could stay outside the old town, Rothenburg loses charm quickly outside the medieval center. Staying inside was convenient for evening strolls, the Nightwatchman's tour, and enjoying the town when it gets quiet.
You might have a look at www.zur-goldenen-rose.homepage.t-online.de/ to see if this might fit your preferences and price range.
I stayed there on my last visit to Rothenburg and would certainly recommend Goldenen Rose (they're listed in Rick's book).
I want to second Gary's post regarding staying at Haus Karin. Wonderful hosts, great breakfast, good location just outside the wall. Highly recommend.
We stayed at the Landgasthof zum Rappen last October. Very nice place in the countryside 15 minutes from Rothenburg. From our balcony there were green fields that just went on and on. Very nice hosts, beautiful rooms and an excellent buffet breakfast. We can highly recommend it.
paid 20 euros last year and stayed inside the wall see rick steves book as i cant remember the name of the place.
We stayed both inside the walls and 10 minutes outside. Rothenburg is small so it made little difference to us. It is a matter of personal taste.
Stay in a real medieval castle outside of Rothenburg for a different lodging experience. We've stayed there twice and the rooms are very comfortable and the restaurant serves good food. Castle Colmberg really makes for a great experience. It looks like they have a new website because the old website had an english version. This one seems to be in german only, but you can still see the castle and rooms. Email works just fine for communication.
When we were there with another couple we stayed at Cafe Uhl and were very happy with it. Breakfast was included and they were very nice.
We absolutely loved Hotel Kloster Stuebble. Our room was beautiful--large with wood floors, antiques, & art. Bathroom was the best we've ever had in Europe--newly redone with Grohe fixtures. The breakfast was wonderful. The owner came out to make sure we were parked in a legal spot--parking is tight in Rothenburg. I think the rate was around 105 Euros. We loved being right in the town and don't skip the NW tour and walking the town wall. Have a great trip!
Ditto on the Hotel Kloster Stuebble - also one of my favorites - great location and quiet too! I had a great little view of the neighbors vegi-flower garden - like staying in a guest house! Staff was great, restaurant was cozy and great. Definately stay in the city - this is one of the highlites of the trip to go out early and also later in the evening. Take a run around the walls both AM and PM for a different perspective of how the town changes with time!
We stayed in a hotel called Reichs Kuchenmeister that was not in the Rick Steves book but it was quiet and charming with a good breakfast room and in the heart of the town square. I think we paid around 75 Euros or so-we could walk everywhere and had a nice stay. You will enjoy Rothenburg and it's worth the time and money to stay within the walls-it's a unique experience and you feel as though you've stepped back hundreds of years in time. Happy travels!
We just stayed there over the weekend, we tried to book with Karin, but she was full, she recommended her friend to us where we stayed in the city and enjoyed it. Very nice breakfast, we paid 23 Euro per person.
I too can vouch for Hotel Kuchenmeister. My wife and I stayed there in '03 and again in 2007 (2 nights) with our daughter. The first time we picked it out of the blue and the second time because we loved the location and we were pleased with our first stay. It is a great old hotel within the walls of the town. It was great to walk everywhere day and night. Both times we parked in their locked car park about 2 blocks away. They claim to have on site parking, i have never parked their though. Google for their website, it is in English also.
We frequently use Booking.com to find places to stay, and did so for Rothenberg ob der Tauber. Being on a tight budget, we stayed at Gasthof Breiterle, inside the walls but a short walk to the main platz. The Breiterle was adequate, with a rustic atmosphere, friendly service (in english) and fairly good food. If you are looking for style and swank, though, it's not the place for you. Be sure to see the platz at night fall and, if you can, on Sunday morn when the parade of townsfolk and local bands happens.
I cast another vote for the Gasthof Goldener Greifen. We stayed there two nights last June. The staff is very friendly and it is adjacent to the main square. They were even kind enough to do all of our laundry for us for a small fee that I think Rick has posted in the guidebook. Their breakfast is pretty good and we ate dinner there one night as well.