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Discover one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Germany from the Rothenburg Town Walls. Constructed in the Middle Ages, the walls surround the historic city center. They're dotted with fortified towers and impressive 15th-century gates. Walk the towering walls for a view of the city's skyline and preserved medieval structures. You also can climb to the top of the watchtowers for a bird's-eye view of the countryside and city center. Bring a city map with you while walking the wall. By identifying the city buildings, you'll be able to orient yourself. Plan to visit Town Walls during your Rothenburg vacation using our convenient Rothenburg road trip app.
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Town Walls reviews
Excellent to get a view across this medieval town. You feel like you have been dropped into the 16th century. This walk is even suitable if the weather is rainy, since it is protected by a roof...
Excellent to get a view across this medieval town. You feel like you have been dropped into the 16th century. This walk is even suitable if the weather is rainy, since it is protected by a roof... more »
While we were visiting Rothenburg we walked around sections of the old city wall. Really old and worth a visit.
While we were visiting Rothenburg we walked around sections of the old city wall. Really old and worth a visit. more »
The walls are a significant component of the whole experience. An impressive piece of engineering, and credit to the community for taking such interest in its upkeep of the structures.
The walls are a significant component of the whole experience. An impressive piece of engineering, and credit to the community for taking such interest in its upkeep of the structures. more »
These towers are an eye-catcher for the city fortifications and unfortunately not accessible (it doesn't matter, the entire city wall is there and it's an experience!!!). When the infirmary was incorporated through the city wall in 1370, a gate was to be built here to serve as the new southern entrance to Rothenburg. The gate's defenses were greatly improved in 1586, when this tall gate tower and bastion were added in the shape of a figure eight (the tower is visible from afar and is one of the reasons for the city's uniqueness). The bastion has 2 courtyards, has 7 gates, an upper passage and is surrounded by a dry moat that you can walk into. We could spend a good hour wandering the Eight just admiring the exposed beams and covered bridge. The Latin inscription above the gate says: “Peace to those who enter; Farewell to those who go.”
A beautiful tower above the entrance to the city. The youngest of the twenty few surrounding the city.
If you want to know more, continue reading: "Pax intrantibus, salus exeuntibus" - "Peace to those who enter, I greet those who leave", with this inscription its visitors are welcomed. It is the newest and tallest structure of the Rothenburg city fortifications, the Spitaltor. The hospital tower is part of the southern fortification and was built until 1360 and 1380. The old Hospital of the Holy Spirit was included in the fortification at the request of the population. The city wall had to be expanded and thus the gate and the name arose. Next to the door is the original sentry box. If you liked it, please give it a like, thanks.
Spitalbastei in Rothenburg ob der Tauber Rothenburg has many magnificent historical buildings to offer. In addition to the castle gate, the Spitalbastei is the most powerful bulwark in the city. It was built in the 16th century by Leonhard Weidmann to form the hospital district and is considered the last large building to be erected. The ring-shaped vaulted buildings of the city wall are considered to be two small fortresses. They should protect from the attackers as a bastion. As part of the hospital complex, which has a large number of buildings, the hospital church can also be seen. It was built around 1280 outside the city wall on the Kappentipfel. Just 100 years later, both the hospital and the church were integrated into the new city wall. As a visitor, you can of course also visit the facility from the inside and marvel at the advanced work of the master builders of the time. From the outside, the Spitalbastei looks very artistic and accurately worked. The city wall, which encloses the Spitalbastei and the Spitalturm, was extended three times, for which the stones of the old ruined castle could be used.
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