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Wurzburg-Nurnberg-Rothenburg ob der Tauber

I am thinking of spending 2 nights at one of these towns and day tripping to the others. Which one is a better choice to overnight at? I read in Rick Steve's that Rothenburg is worth spending at least one night at. I will be traveling by train using the Bayern Ticket and we will be coming from Bacharach. Later heading to Munich.

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These are all nice stops. Each has some pleasant places to visit and eat after you return from your day trip. The Tages-Ticket Plus might be a better deal between Nürnberg and Rothenburg. Würzburg and Nürnberg have a bit better train connections.

I would pick the one that most appeals to your imagination. You will not make a mistake.

Regards, Gary

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I've stayed in Rothenburg (2 nts), Würzburg (2 nts), and Nürnberg (actually Fürth, 1 nt), so I don't have any strong preference; whatever works best with your schedule.

I once stayed 2 nights in Ansbach and made a day trip to Rothenburg. That worked too. I think the only reason to spend the night in Rothenburg is to take in the nightwatchman's tour, and I don't think that is the only thing in Rothenburg.

If you stay in Rothenburg or Nürnberg, the VGN Tageskarte Plus is valid for unlimited travel (to the other town) for €14,20. It is valid all day on workdays or all weekend. Thus, for instance, if you stayed in Rothenburg on a weekend, you (2 adults) could go to Nürnberg on Saturday, stay Saturday night, and return on Sunday for €14,20.

The normal Bahn fare between Würzburg and Rothenburg is €11,30, one way per person, so a one day trip from Würzburg to Rothenburg for two would be better with a €28 Bayern-Ticket. An overnight trip would be better (slightly) with two normal fare tickets.