Rothenburg ob der Tauber - fairy tales and Christmas
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Christmas market in the city of Christmas

November 6, 2019

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Type Christmas market
From when 15th Century
Location Ansbach, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, Europe
Getting there Although slightly off major modern trade routes, transportation to Rothenburg ob der Tauber is easy by car, train, or bus from other major centers in Germany such as Frankfurt am Main, Heidelberg, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), and Munich (München)

By train:

  • Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof – 2h30 to 3h00
  • Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) – 2h45 to 3h15
  • Würzburg – 1h10
  • Nuremberg (Nürnberg) – 1h10 to 1h50
  • Munich (München) – 2h30 to 3h30
  • Heidelberg – 4h00
Info center Marktplatz 2, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Tel. +49 (0) 9861 404 800
Fax +49 (0) 9861 404 529
Opening times From November 29th  to December 23rd 2019

Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm
Friday – Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

Christmas market location

Between the Marktplatz, Grüner Markt, and Kirchplatz

Not to miss

Rothenburg Horseman

Many cultural events take place throughout the duration of the market.

The highlight of the event is the arrival of the “Rothenburger Reiterle” (Rothenburg Horseman) which also gave the Market its name. The “Reiterle´s” historical origin extend back into prehistory. Our ancestors were under the believe that he was a descendant from another world who during the winter months glided through the skies with the souls of people past. Throughout the centuries however the horseman’s image changed from a ferocious character people feared to a warmly welcomed ambassador of the Christmas season.


Guided Tour of the Old Town 9E/person

Guided Tour with the Night Watchman 8E/person

Details about Rothenburg Tours: HERE

Christmas Museum, Käthe Wohlfahrt

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is home to a veritable Christmas Museum, Käthe Wohlfahrt. There is a shop and a museum. Both the shop and museum are open all year, which means you can get your  ornaments whenever you want. Entering Käthe Wohlfahrt is like entering a fairytale.

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