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Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market – Fairy Tale and Beauty

Rothenburg ob der Tauber - fairy tales and Christmas
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is home to a veritable Christmas Museum and to a wonderful Christmas, shop open all year. Every year in wintertime Christmas spirit is all over this fairy tale town and the Christmas market is charming and delightful.
TypeChristmas market
Date15th Century
LocationAnsbach, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, Europe
Getting thereAlthough 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 centerMarktplatz 2, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Tel. +49 (0) 9861 404 800
Fax +49 (0) 9861 404 529
Opening timesFrom November 27th  to December 23rd, 2020

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

Rothenburg ob der Tauber 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 extends back into prehistory. Our ancestors were under the belief 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 are 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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