Yellow building in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The European 'Tourist Trap' Rick Steves Loves

By Leslie Veliz


Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany has earned a reputation for being overrun with tourists, but the city has a famous admirer: European travel maestro Rick Steves.
Steves writes in The Denver Post, "Even with crowds, overpriced souvenirs and a nearly inedible pastry specialty [...] Rothenburg is still the best."
In his book "For the Love of Europe," Steves praises The Night Watchman walking tour and the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum, which delve into the area's medieval history.
Rothenburg also features St. Jakobskirche, a centuries-old Gothic structure, the Castle Gardens or Burggarten, and Toppler Castle, which was built in the late 1300s.
Rothenburg's accommodation options are as quirky as its attractions. Steve mentions Pension Elke Rothenburg, a bed & breakfast owned by a local grocer, and Hotel Raidel.
For food, try traditional dishes like bratwurst with potatoes, schnitzel, and more at Gasthof Goldener Greifen. Steves suggests visiting Rothenburg in spring and fall.