After over three years living in Germany we made it to Rothenburg ob der Tauber! The timing was great with the Veterans Day weekend, and the normally touristy town was just about empty this time of year.
Our Apartment was inside the walls and originally from 1499. It was so beautiful inside and out and the owners could not have been more friendly, even helping us carry our luggage in from the car. Parking was just around the corner at 5 euros per day in the P1 lot which makes a great location to park when visiting the town. We stayed on the Spitalgasse, just inside the large Southern gate, which also has access to the town walls And our favorite part was being able to park the car and walk everywhere for two days!
Rothenburg is simply a beautiful historic german town. The highlights include the intact town walls, various gates in each direction and some cute restaurants and shopping. There are also many historic churches including St. Jakobskirche with its gothic towers rising above the town. Inside the church, up stairs, is an original carving from 1501.
The streets themselves are cobblestones and they do allow local traffic, but the sidewalks are wide and smooth which works well for pushing a stroller. At this point with our 8 month old and three year old, we use a combination of options including the 3 year old walking or stroller, and the 8 month old in the carrier or stroller.
The marktplatz is certainly the center of it all with the historic Rathaus and Kathe Wohlfahrt stores just off the square. We seemed to end up in the Marktplatz about 10 times in just two days exploring the town.
Perfect for a short weekend, we highly recommend the town during the offseason!