Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the most charming and well preserved medieval town around here and it’s about 2 hours away from Vilseck. The name “Rothenburg ob der Tauber” means, in German, “Red fortress above the Tauber”. This is so because the town is located on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. As to the name “Rothenburg”, some say it comes from the German words Rot (Red) and Burg (burgh, medieval fortified settlement), referring to the red colour of the roofs of the houses which overlook the river. Rothenburg hosts two museums which are unique in Germany and in Europe: Medieval Crime and Justice Museum as well as the German Christmas Museum, which contains various punishment and torture devices used during the Middle Ages.
The Rathaus (town hall) is a notable renaissance building. The rear Gothic part of the building dates from 1250, and the attached front Renaissance building was started in 1572. This building served as the seat of government for the city-state during the medieval ages and for the city of Rothenburg since the formation of the federalist government. The town hall tower of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the only accessible towers in the town of Rothenburg. Rothenburg has one of the best Christmas Markets in the area! We did a chariot tour around the town. It was lovely and the kids had a blast.
After the lovely tour downtown we stopped for a nice dinner and dessert at their local Italian Restaurant called Roma Pizzeria . Totally Recommend it!! Our desserts were very different and delicious. I ordered Ice cream that looks like spaghetti with strawberry sauce and white chocolate pieces to make it look like Parmesan cheese. So yummy!! And Devin had Amaretto liquor ice cream which was so good too!!