Rothenburg © Berthold Werner
Known as the best-preserved medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (or just Rothenburg) is an absolute must-see for anyone travelling on the Romantic Road. The 13th-century fortified walls are undamaged, and encircle a quaint city centre with a number of interesting buildings and museums. For the best view of the city, head to the top of the tower at the historic Town Hall. You can also walk along the old walls which is a great way to first orientate yourself in the city and see many of the most attractive buildings. There is a Medieval Crime Museum in Rothenburg which is very popular with visitors and one of the top activities is the Night Watchman's Tour which is a fun way to explore. St Jacob's Church is also a must for those interested in medieval art and architecture: the wood carvings and stained glass in this wonderful old church date back to between 1300 and 1500 and are truly remarkable. The town's walled garden, the Burggarten, is a lovely place to stroll, relax or picnic and affords stunning views of the cityscape as well.
Rothenburg's only negative is its popularity, which sees it often completely overrun by Romantic Road tourists, particularly during the peak tourist season.