Virtual Tour of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The Markusturm or St. Mark's Tower in the center

Close-up of Markusturm

Röder Arch on the right, Büttelhaus on the left

After entering through the Rödertor, I followed the Rödergasse to the Röder Arch and the Markus tower, shown in the photos above. The Röder arch and the Markus tower, with its distinctive hipped roof, were built in the 12th century as part of the original fortifications of the town.

The photo below shows more of the Büttelhaus (Beadle House) which is now used to store the city archives. Notice the very small door into the prison in the photo below. There is a street sign to the left of this building which says Milchmarkt or Milk Market.

Büttelhaus below the Markusturm was formerly a prison

After going through the Röder Arch, shown in the photo above, you will be on Hafengasse (Potter's Lane). On my way back to my hotel, I snapped a photo of a street musician, playing traditional German folk music on Hafengasse.

Musician playing on Hafengasse (Potter's Lane)

The town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber began in the 12th century with a castle on a high ridge overlooking the Tauber valley, and seven houses on the present street called the Burggasse. The oldest part of the town extended from the Burgtor (Castle Gate) to the Johanneskirche (St. John's Church) located next to the Criminal Museum today, then along the old town moat to the Büttelhaus, then to the Klingengasse and and back again to the Burgtor. The oldest house in Rothenburg is believed to be the cottage at 8 Burggasse, shown in the photo below.

House at Burggasse 8, the oldest residential building in Rothenburg

Market Place




  © Copyright 2006 - All Rights Reserved