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From 25th November to 23rd December 2016


The smell of “white” mulled wine and roasted almonds, the illumination by thousands of fairy lights and the festive music provided by local brass bands…


Once a year, the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber transforms itself into a fairytale winter wonderland. Ever since the 15th century, the festive time prior to Christmas has been accompanied by a delightful Christmas Market. Looking back on over 500 years of tradition little has changed over the years and the historical customs have been closely followed.


Holding true to traditions the narrowly winding streets and picturesque squares around the town hall and its archways are lined with wooden booths, appropriately decorated for the Christmas season.


Everything your heart desires can be found at this charming market, may it be the traditional Christmas pastries or the mulled wine. Gadgets and treasures as well as lovingly crafted Christmas decoration can be found in a variety of booths and are sure to serve as a token of appreciation for loved ones at home as well as a welcomed reminder of your time spent in Rothenburg.

Best hotels for Christmas

in Rothenburg

Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister

Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister ★★

From €75 / night

Located in the heart of the medieval Old Town

Sauna, steam room and hot tub for free.


Historik Hotel Goldener Hirsch Rothenburg

Historik Goldener Hirsch  ★★

From €76 / night

The hotel sits in the town centre

Home-brewed beer


Romantik Hotel Markusturm

Romantik Hotel Markusturm ★★

From €98 / night

Located in medieval Rothenburg

Regional and gourmet dishes


Hotel Herrnschloesschen

Hotel Herrnschloesschen ★★★

From €180 / night

Located in one of Rothenburg’s oldest buildings

Rental bicycles


Gästehaus am Klosterhof

Gästehaus am Klosterhof

From €125 / night

Located in the heart of the Old Town

Completely renovated suites and apartments



Burghotel ★★★

From €125 / night

On the edge of Rothenburg’s Medieval town centre

Spa facilities and elegant rooms


Christmas in Rothenburg

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Top things to do

for Christmas in Rothenburg

The "Rothenburger Reiterle " (Rothenburg Horseman)

Rothenburg Christmas Market
Rothenburg Tourismus Service

Join the annual yuletide ceremony at 5 pm on Friday before the first Advent Sunday, when the “Reiterle” marks the beginning of the Christmas Market. The "Reiterles" historical origin stems from the dark times long past. Our ancestors were under the believe that he was a descendant of another world who during the winter months glided through the skies with the souls of People past. The Horseman´s Image changed throughout the centuries to a warmly welcomed ambassador of the Christmas Season.


Town Hall Tower

Rothenburg Christmas Market
Rothenburg Tourismus Service

Climb up the 220 steps of the Town Hall Tower and enjoy the marvelous view over the Christmas Market.


Visit Käthe Wohlfahrts "Christmas Village"

Rothenburg  Christmas Market
Rothenburg Tourismus Service

Don´t miss the world famous “Christmas Village” in the center of the town. Experience the fascinating atmosphere of a Franconian village with snow covered roofs all year round. Get personalized ornaments, every advent weekend, Friday – Sunday from  10 am.


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