Germany Trip Plan:
Explore Rothenberg and surrounds

Germany trip plan: Explore Rothenberg and surrounds
Marienberg
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Explore Rothenberg and the surrounding cities like Würzburg, Rothenburg o.d. Tauberg, Heidelberg, Erbach, and others.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Things to See in Rothenberg

Rothenberg and its outlying centres are rich in cultural monuments. Besides the Old Lutheran Schwarze Kirche (“Black Church”) from 1883 and the Evangelische Pfarrkirche (“Evangelical Parish Church”) from 1880, several timber-frame houses in particular may be named, such as the Forsthaus Saubuche (“Sow Beech Forest House”) near the outlying centre of Raubach. There are moreover many smaller cultural monuments such as wells, border stones and rows of standing stone slabs (Stellsteinreihen in German), believed to once have been cattle-driving ways. One of these can be found at Ober-Hainbrunn.

About the turn of the 20th century, complaints were mounting among dwellers in the upper village about the water supply’s shortcomings. The spring of the Großer Brunnen (“Great Spring”) on the slope of the Gammelsbach valley gave forth enough water; so the state authorities in the Grand Duchy of Hesse put the Kulturinspektion [=destination:darmstadt:Darmstadt:] in charge and they found the solution to the water supply problem by furnishing two water motors, delivered by the Zurich machine factory Schmid. Each of the technically interesting motors drives a three-cylinder pump. One comes from the year 1902 and the other is two years newer. Today the historic pumphouse between Kortelshütte and Rothenberg is run by a circle of technically enthusiastic idealists.

Furthermore, in the Rothenberg hamlet of Hinterbach can be found the Odenwald’s last maintained hydraulic ram.

The Rothenberg Heights are worthy of recommendation for hiking and walks. From the heights, the Odenwald’s highest mountain, the Katzenbuckel, can be seen.

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Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Frankfurt Airport to Rothenberg

Day 1: Frankfurt Airport to Rothenberg
Frankfurt airport
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From Frankfurt Airport you take a rent car to Rothenberg to the Hotel Hirsch


Day 2: Your first trip is along the Romantic Road to Würzburg

Day 2: Your first trip is along the Romantic Road to Würzburg
Marienberg
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The city is idyllically located amidst vineyards, with the medieval fortress Marienberg towering above. Würzburg is old bishop´s see and lively town, proudly presenting monuments of different eras. Culture, art, history and hospitality are ever-present in this remarkable city! The Fortress Marienberg, Würzburg´s landmark, has of course changed its appearance a great deal since it was first mentioned, today the oldest part of the fortress is the "Rundkirche" (round church) which was built in the year one thousand. Please note that Marienberg Fortress and the Rundkirche are closed on Mondays and from November to March 15th. The Cathedral, the Marienkapelle, the "Alte Mainbrücke" (old bridge across the river Main ), the Juliusspital and the "Käppele" are musts, but make sure that you do not miss out on the "Fürstbischöfliche Residenz" (Prince bishop's residence). This "Palace above all Palaces" is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are only a few cities in Germany which present buildings of so many different eras as Würzburg does, some of them being true masterpieces of their time. Enjoy this beautiful town which offers not only cultural but also culinary highlights such as the hearty cuisine and of course the world famous Frankenwein!


Day 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Day 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rathaus
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In the morning you drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany's most beautiful medieval cities. Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once a powerful free imperial town and its monuments, landmarks and buildings still bear witness to these days. Marvel at the half-timbered buildings and at town walls which are withstanding time since hundreds of years, protecting the city since the Middle Ages. Visit the town's most famous spot, the Ploenlein square, probably the most photographed place in Rothenburg. Also very interesting to see is the Spitalbastei Gate, created by Leonhard Weidmann, the latin inscription on the gate reading: \" Peace to those who enter, health to those who leave\". The Gothic St. James church is the town's most prominent church, here you can take a minute and relax in quietness while you enjoy the beauty of the famous Altar of the Holy Blood and the Twelve Apostles Altar. Every step you take in this old town is a step thru history with yet another beautiful spot to be discovered around the corner. Rothenburg also offers museums which are cultural highlights, such as the Christmas Museum with an exhibition showing Christmas tradition in Germany, the Doll and Toy Museum where the history of playthings is shown, as well as the Crime Museum, where the visitor gets an insight into the law and especially its execution during the last 700 years.


Day 4: Heidelberg

Day 4: Heidelberg
Heidelberg panorama
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In the morning you drive on the castlroad to the city of Heidelberg, the last stop on this impressive tour. Heidelberg, with its idyllic location on the river Neckar, the beautiful Heidelberger Schloss (castle) towering above. Heidelberg, both historic and young, will capture you with its easygoing charm, will remain unforgettable for those who stood in the castles gardens, overlooking the town and the river, will make you feel history while roaming thru cobbled alleys.


Day 5: Odenwald-Sightseeing-Tour

Day 5: Odenwald-Sightseeing-Tour
Rathaus in Erbach
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In the Morning you drive to old wonderful citys: Erbach, Michelstadt, Miltenberg, Eberbach where you can eat the best cake from Germany (winner of Galileo Tasting 2011).


Day 6: Rothenberg to Frankfurt Airport

Day 6: Rothenberg to Frankfurt Airport
Frankfurt city skyline
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The airport shuttle bus which runs about once an hour will take you from Heidelberg to Frankfurt Airport.


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Rothenberg

Rothenberg
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Rothenberg is a community in the Odenwaldkreis in Hesse, Germany. Rothenberg lies at elevations between 200 and 500 m in the southern Odenwald in the Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald, 7 km north of Hirschhorn on the Neckar. The main centre lies in…  [ + ] More Details

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