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.

  • Romance on Valentine
  • Spring Awakening in Rothenburg
    28.03. – 30.04.2020
  • Rothenburg Spring Hiking Week
    28.03. – 05.04.2020
  • Spring Festival in the Old Town
    25.04. – 26.04.2020
  • Historical Festival Play 1631 »The Master Draught«
    29.05. – 01.06.2020
  • Concerts of the Ambassadors of Music
    23.06. – 29.07.2020
  • Toppler Theater Season
    24.06. – 29.08.2020
  • Summer Fair-Beer Festival
    26.06. – 01.07.2020
  • Taubertal-Openair-Festival
    07.08. – 09.08.2020
  • Rothenburg Wine Festival
    12.08. – 16.08.2020
  • Imperial City Festival
    04.09. – 06.09.2020
  • Autumn Hiking Week
    10.10. – 18.10.2020
  • “Le Chajim” – The Rothenburg Week of Jewish Culture
    18.10. – 25.10.2020
  • Autumn Fair with Trade Show
    31.10. – 08.11.2020
  • Rothenburg fairytale magic
    06.11. – 15.11.2020
  • Christmas Market
    27.11. – 23.12.2020

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
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
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
April to beginning of January, daily at 7 pm

Guided tour of different issues

Meeting point: Market Square
April: every Wednesday and Saturday at 4 pm
Mai – October: every Saturday 4 pm

Spanisch Guided Tour

Meeting point: Market Square
April - November: Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm

Italian Guided Tour

Meeting point: Market Square
April - November: Saturday at 11 am

Medieval Musical Tour

Meeting point: Market Square
April - November: Monday, Tuesday & Saturday at 3:30 pm




Picturesque: Rothenburg as Landscape Garden

The theme years of 2019 to 2021

At the close of the nineteenth century, the natural topography and morphology of Rothenburg met all the criteria of picturesque. The city was viewed as such by English artists (architects and painters) and went beyond the picturesque to form a bridge into the modern age. In the second half of the nineteenth century, Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once again discovered as a Medieval treasure trove where time had stood still. “Rothenburg ob der Tauber – British Perspectives” displays the works of British painters such as Elias Bancroft. “Pittoresk! Image and appropriation” in the RothenburgMuseum concerns the change in perception of Rothenburg.

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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