Calendar of events


There are a lot of offers in Rothenburg, the lovely Tauber Valley and its beautiful Frankonian surrounding!

We show you a small overview of the most interesting and beautiful events, you shouldn´t miss.

  • Spring Awakening
    24.03. – 30.04.2018
  • Spring Hiking Week
    14.04. – 22.04.2018
  • Spring Festival
    28.04. – 29.04.2018
  • Historical Festival Play 1631 »The Master Draught«
    18.05. – 21.05.2018
  • Toppler Theater Season
    27.06. – 29.08.2018
  • Summer Fair-Beer Festival
    22.06. – 27.06.2018
  • Taubertal-Openair-Festival
    10.08. – 12.08.2018
  • Wine Festival
    15.08. – 19.08.2018
  • Imperial City Festival
    07.09. – 09.09.2018
  • Autumn Hiking Week
    06.10. – 14.10.2018
  • Autumn Fair with Trade Show
    27.10. – 04.11.2018
  • Rothenburg fairytale magic
    02.11. – 11.11.2018
  • Christmas Market
    30.11. – 23.12.2018

Here you can download or see our calendar of events as PDF: Calender of events

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Guided city tours

Numerous city and theme tours let discover you Rothenburg on a specific way. Learn about the interesting facts and exciting stories about this world famous middle aged town.


English Guided Tours

Meeting point: Market Square; 8 € p.p.
08.04. – 29.10.: daily at 2 pm
01.12. – 23.12.: daily at 2 pm

Tour with the Night Watchman in English

Meeting point: Market Square; 8 € p.p.
01.01. – 06.01.: daily at 8 pm
07.01. – 11.03.: Saturday at 8 pm
18.03. – 30.12. (except 24.12.): daily at 8 pm

English Guided Tour of St. Jacob's Church

Every Saturday; Easter Weekend until end of Sept.; 3 p.m.

Executioner-tour (English)

Meeting point: Market Square, 8 EUR p.p.
April to beginning of January, daily at 7 pm

Guided tour of different issues

Meeting point: Market Square; 8 € p.p.
April: every Wednesday and Saturday at 4 pm
Mai – October: every Saturday 4 pm




Rothenburg in Renaissance and Reformation

Highlights 2016 - 2018

As in a concave mirror the turmoils of the Reformation are focused in Rothenburg ob der Tauber as well as outstanding achievements of German late Gothic and Renaissance. Ideas of reformation emerged early among inhabitants of Rothenburg and its surrounds in the Tauber valley. The aftermath of the Peasants’ War in 1525 delayed the introduction of Martin Luther’s doctrine till 1544. A widely influential iconoclast like Andreas Karlstadt as well as the reformer of modern Slovenian language, Primus Truber, did operate in Rothenburg. Tilman Riemenschneider’s famous masterpieces of wood carved altars are alike Renaissance fountains and buildings visual testimonials of times of cultural change and social tensions. Guided tours bring the upheaval of the 16th century back to life before your eyes, two major exhibitions in the Imperial City Museum and the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum accompany this main topic from 2016 – 2018 as part of Germany’s Jubilee of the Reformation Age.

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Rothenburg in Renaissance and Reformation

Highlights 2020 - 2021

Do you enjoy transporting yourself to other times and places – delving into the past or anticipating the future?

If so, we are going to take you on a discovery trip into the Rothenburg of the 19th Century. An intrinsic part of the beautiful Biedermeier past was and still is the meandering, narrow Tauber River Valley and Rothenburg. They beckon visitors then as now to discover the bucolic beauties of the enchanted Taubertal and its fortified city towering above the stream and its peaceful, sheltering glades, captured in eternal images by gifted painters from the United States, England and Scotland. Among them were landscape masters as Toby Rosenthal, Elias Bancroft, James Douglas and Arthur Wasse.

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The Master Draught

Town history to touch!

Live through the past and its usages and culture until now.
No historical event has shaped the character of the town of Rothenburg like the story of the Master Draught. Every year at Whitsun, the costumes and carriages, wagons and weapons of the Thirty Years' War are once again to be seen on the streets of Rothenburg's old town, when the event is reenacted with a huge level of commitment and an incredible eye for details. The high point comes on Whit Sunday with a military parade led by the Town Council and the children of the town


Imperial City Festival

Imperial City Festival

Hundreds of Rothenburg's townsfolk are members of historical reenactment groups, reviving a bygone age or re-establishing a traditional profession.

Thousands of yards of fabric are worked to reproduce the original fashions of the day, old equipment is brought out of retirement or reproduced in loving details. Preserving and revitalizing the past – this is the motto of the Imperial City Festival.

On Friday evening there is a grand torch-light procession by the various historical groups to the Market Square. With thundering cannons and a glittering display from the brand firework spectacular in the Tauber Valley, the town sinks into darkness on Saturday night, only to continue the light-hearted festivities next morning.



Christmas tradition at its best!

if you want to get the best out of a German tradition, then a visit to Rothenburg's Reiterlesmarkt is a must during the Advent period.
Every year, the medieval town of Rothenburg is transformed into a winter's fairytale. As far back as the 15th century, Advent festivities have been accompanied by a wonderful Christmas market. This market can look back on over 500 years of living heritage that has hardly changed a lot since its historic origins. There are also numerous cultural events held to coincide with the Christmas market. However, the highlight of the market is the appearance of the figure of the "Rothenburger Reiterle" at the festive opening ceremony.

Visitors to the Christmas Market can enjoy the wonderful view from the Town Hall Tower until 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.


On the traces of the past you will find enlightening and fascinating details from the past until now.

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Theater & Events

Be entertained and enjoy a few hours of theatre, festivals and numerous events.

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Balloon tour

Free as a bird you can enjoy the city of Rothenburg and the lovely Tauber valley. You shouldn't miss this impressive event.
Hot Air Ballooning, daily from April to October,

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Recreation, fun and sports – nearly no other activity combines these like golf.

Your body and soul will thank you this pleasant activity. As beginner you can book a trainer. Advances players can discovery our beautiful golf courses on their own.

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Very well signposted hiking trails of varying distances and difficulties take you around the town, up to the Frankenhöhe and into the Tauber valley. Hikers can choose from 13 main hiking trails as well as numerous side trails.

Explanatory boards provide interesting information along various trails, including the water management educational trail in the Schand -tauber valley, at various mills in the Tauber valley as well as on the rock and wine variety educational trail at the Rothenburg vineyard.

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Bicycle tour

The town's network of cycle paths in the Tauber Valley grows every year. Because of its beautiful geographical situation and wonderful countryside, Rothenburg is an excellent place to start or finish a cycle tour or indeed as a staging post along the way on a longer cycle tour.

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horse riding

Who does not dream of immersing himself in nature on the back of a horse?

Beautiful rides in varied terrain, hiking in our wild-romantic landscape, guided rides on soft meadows with no riding prohibitions, riding holidays for children or advanced training for themselves and the horse - here horse lovers find almost paradisiacal conditions.

Seven characteristic, characteristic holiday regions provide for a varied riding experience. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is located in the heart of the Romantic Franconia region with the Frankenhöhe Nature Park. The regions Steigerwald, Frankenalb, Franconian Lake District, Altmühltal Nature Park and Hohenlohe are adjacent to it. Here you will find diverse landscapes and distinctive cultures.In the gentle landscape around the Naturpark Frankenhöhe