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Imperial City Museum (Reichsstadtmuseum)

Klosterhof 5, 91541 Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
09861 - 939 043
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Ranked #8 of 36 Attractions in Rothenburg
Type: History Museums
Description: This museum explores the long history of the city, with a strong focus on the Thirty Years War.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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141 reviews 141 reviews
45 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Interesting museum but the handout stinks and the signage isn't too good either. Set in an old convent from the 1300s...but it would be nice if you could see how the nuns actually lived. Instead, in their dormitory, you get a huge room of medieval weapons, which is cool, but other than a little sign on the wall saying "every... More

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Bath England
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The museum is located in an old convent and the building is interesting in its own right. The collection covers art works, the history of Rothenburg and it's buildings with many artefacts from various centuries. The collection that we enjoyed most though was the very comprehensive exhibits of armour and weaponry, including important historical pieces like Marie Antoinette's hunting rifle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

On our first visit to Rothenburg we didn't visit the Reichsstadt. There were so many other things to do we just didn't take the time. This time we made sure to visit and not only were we sorry we didn't visit the first time, we were sorry we didn't allow enough time this trip. Three things I wish I knew... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Well presented and labelled, a collection of European weapons from especially the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The curators have added extracts from contemporaneous martial arts treatises, such as Joachim Meyer, Achille Marozzo and others, to illustrate weapons use and tactics. The Hofburg in Vienna, the Royal Armouries in Leeds, the Wallace in London may have more famous pieces, but... More

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Windermere, Florida
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We were very impressed with the collection in this museum and were glad that we'd decided to visit it. It provides an excellent look back at the history of the area and showed what a rich city Rothenburg was in its prime. It appears to be a relatively small museum from the outside but has an extensive arms collection, a... More

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Groebenzell, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This has a lot of the towns history hidden inside the walls of the old convent. I enjoyed it very much and visited it several times during my stay there in 2010. The only thing is that you can take photos there but you have to sign a waiver that you won't use them for anything but your own use... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This little place has it all...so to speak as far as the city goes. It has wonderful collections of porcelain and weapons but also has other bits and pieces of this old old city's history. It is at the far end of town on the wall and is really worth a run through if you have 1-2 hours of time.... More

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Nova Lima, MG
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The Imperial Museum lies back-to-back with the Burg Hotel. It is (by far, I think), the most interesting museum in Rothenburg. The building itself, an ancient Dominican monastery, is worth a visit. The museum collections include baroque statues, keys and locks, porcelain, armors, ancient weapons, and musical instruments.

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Kewarra Beach, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This museum is so spread out we got lost. To get down we had to go up and vice versa. I now know how a rabbit must feel. It is interesting and worth a visit. Hold a lot exhibits from the surrounding area.

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

There was certainly a lot to see and learn in this museum. It was well laid out and a fun part of our day. The rooms of weapons was extremely interesting.

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