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Days 7-8
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Rothenburg's beauty seems larger than life. Filled with half-timber houses with a backdrop of towers and turrets, the city is a taste of Germany's past. It swells with tourists in the summer, but that's what happens when you're that good looking!
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  • History
  • Museums


  • Explore the town within the walls with a stop at the Herterich Fountains. Even the walls themselves can be trod upon via a wooden walkway.
  • The Town Hall is half gothic (started in 1240) and half neoclassical (started in 1572). Look for the famed 6-pint Meistertrunk.
  • The Doll and Toy Museum has 1,000 items, some over 200 years of age. There are also theaters and model shops for kids.


  • The Meistertrunk Festival in late May celebrates the wager that saved the town during the Thirty Years' War, with townspeople in period costumes.
  • Rothenburg's Reichstadt-Festtage celebrates the city's independence (gained in 1274) with reenactments in late September.

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