We're travelling in early July and Rick's book said to spend a nite in Rothenberg if possible! Where do folks like to stay? And what do you know about the night watchman's tour? other ideas for Rothenberg?
Stayed in Rothenberg on a RS tour of Europe and took the Night Watchman's Tour. Both recommended.
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If you want something a bit different and have a car, then Colmberg Castle is about a 10 minute drive from Rothenberg. Most of this medieval castle has been restored and offers all kinds of rooms from the simple to the fancy. The people are nice, the food is great (breakfast included) and the view of the surrounding area is quite impressive. http://www.burg-colmberg.de/ is the website if you want to look at it. I've stayed there on two different occasions.
We spent several nights there last Sept. and used Hotel Gerberhaus (listed in RS book) and were very pleased. The night watchman's tour is a hoot! Take it! Let me know if you need more specific info.
We just returned Sunday from a 12 day trip to Germany, using Rick's recommendations all the way. We loved Rothenburg and stayed at Altfraenische Weinstube within the walls. We loved it! It's a little hard to find the front door, as it's all vine covered, but look for the Rothenburg Stadt Museum. We didn't find it smokey, as the book mentioned, but loaded with charm. We liked the crime and punishment museum and walked quite a long distance along the wall, which was very interesting. Missed the night watchman tour, due to rain. A+ to Rick's recommendations!
We stayed at the Gasthof goldener Greifen, also a RS recommendation, and enjoyed it greatly. The atmosphere was nice and the food was good. We ate a good meal at the Hotel Gerberhaus as well.
We liked the Stadt Museum, already mentioned, especially the 19th century paintings. I liked the Stigmatization of St. Francis in the Franziskanerkirche as a complete work of art with liveliness and movement. It is thought to be by Tilman Riemanschneider. I thought it better than his more famous and far more intricate Altar of the Holy Blood in St. Jakob's. We mainly enjoyed walking the city, even with crowds.
I made a goal to try as many Mandlehörnchen (almond paste and chocolate pastry) as possible in a couple day stay. My wife tried one of the "snow balls" (Schnee??) and one was enough.
We stayed within the wall for 3 nights at the Pension Becker. Very pleased with the room and the owners. Nice breakfast.
We stayed at the Burg Hotel. Great place, we even had a 4poster bed, loved that and fresh salmon for breakfast as well, yummy. Connected to the wall and has parking too. Have fun.
We have a room booked at Pension Elke, and have heard good things. We'll be there in about three weeks! Yeah!
The hornburg (www.hotel-hornburg.de) **** great owners, our fourth stay will be in 1 month
I second Hotel Hornburg. We had a wonderful time there and the owners could not have been nicer. I will stay there anytime that I visit.
Stay 2 nights if you can! It is great! I stayed at the Hotel Cafe Uhl. It was byfar the best hotel we stayed at on our 2 week trip to Germany and Austria. Do the Night Watchman thing...it was fun. I almost did it 2 nights in a row!
I have seen the night watchman's tour twice and it was great both times. We just met him at the main square. The walk isn't very far, but he gives you lots of information along the way! The Medieval Crime and Punishment museum is a lot of fun as well! The Rick walking tour is fantastic and the walk all the way around the walls is very fun too. Oh, now I want to go back! :) Have a great time!
Last October we spent two nights at the Hotel Hornburg (in Rick's book)and loved it. Gabriele and Martin and their darling son Marco were wonderful hosts. Consider at least two nights stay. Definitely the nightwatchman's tour, Old Historic walk (both walks are excellent and entirely different), walking along the wall, shopping at Kathe Wolfharts--her main store near town square, and taking time to slow down and sit at a sidewalk cafe and just enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.
Well, I hate to be redundant but we've stayed at Hotel Hornburg on two different trips, and we wouldn't stay anywhere else. The Nightwatchman is loads of fun as are the walking tours and shopping.
I am here right now and am using the free internet acess at Guesthouse Gerberhaus. It is wonderful.
This is a great place and they're very helpful people. My wife lost her purse in the garden in Rothenburg and the owner there helped recover it from the police station where someone turned it in, all cash, etc. there!....
Gasthof goldener Greifen
Our home away from home is the Hotel Golden Rose in Rothenburg. It too is listed in the Rick Steves book. We spent a year in Europe from 5/2006 to 5/2007 and we used the Golden Rose as our rest and recuperation home. The food is great and Henni, Marcus, Karin and whole whole crew at the Golden Rose are great.
So glad to hear about the Golden Rose. We will be there next month. This is my third trip and all three places came from RS and we were quite happy.
Pension Becker on Rosegasse. The website is accessed by typing Pension Becker. Excellent place w good breakfast, wonderful owners
We stayed at Pension Elke at it was FANTASTIC! Beautiful decor, super clean, INCREDIBLE breakfast, and the hosts were just too kind for words!! This was my 3rd trip to Rothenburg and this has been my favorite pension yet!
Rothenburg is great! Don't miss the Night Watchmen's Tour. It is a lot of fun. Eat at some of the restaurants that are off of the square and you will find the prices are at least 1/2 of the cost. Make sure and try the Rothenburg wurst...it is wonderful!
Have a great trip.
Does one need to make reservations for the night before arriving in a small town? We will be in the Rothenberg area mid September and I am wondering if arriving early and finding accomodations right away will work, or if I have to plan my nights out better?
I'm sure you can find a room without prior reservations. I guess it depends on how strict your budget is. What I mean is, you can find a room but your selection and, therefore your cost, might be limited.
You have probably returned by now from Rothenberg. We have been over to Rothenberg 5 times and planning another trip in a year or two. We have always stayed at the Hotel Goldene Rose that was recommended in Rick Steve's book. The hotel has a little house behind the hotel that has four rooms and we stay on the first floor, we love it. You do have to share the bathroom even though the room has a shower and sink.
Still worth the stay. The owners are so friendly and we usually stay three nights.