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The Night Watchman Tour

Market Square, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
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Ranked #1 of 4 Activities in Rothenburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: Starting each night in front of the Rathouse, the night watchman tour offers a droll and self effacing recounting of the history of Rothenberg from... more »
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We did the NIght Watchman tour last week in Rothenburg. We have traveled extensively, and this was by far the best, most fun, most enlightening and entertaining tour we have ever done. This is not to be missed!

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I have been on the Rothenburg Nightwatchman Tour a number of times with people over the past 20 years. It is a fun tour for newcomers to Rothenburg. He has a script that has been honed by hundreds of tours but his delivery gets softer every time I go. I still believe it is a fun event for folks to... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If you find yourself staying overnight in Rothenburg ob der Tauber this is a fun 1-hour tour to see parts of the town by night and enjoy a few good laughs. The English tour kicks off nightly at 20:00 (8 pm). My wife and I were on the tour with approximately 80 - 100 people which made us concerned at... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

The tour involves a night-time wander around the city with the enigmatic watchman who gives a running narrative. All in all it takes around one hour to filter through and around the walls. As one reviewer said, this is part comedic and part historical, but this style compliments the tour overall and the experience is both educational and entertaining. We... More

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Parkville, Missouri
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is more of a tour with a comedian than a historic tour, but he blended both very effectively. I would say there was 100+ on the tour the evening we went which is a little overwhelming, but we enjoyed the tour very much.

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Ottawa, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Check departure times. Very well done tour of the old city from the point of view of the mysterious night watchman. The tour lasts an hour and gives lots of interesting medieval facts associated to this town. Lasts an hour or so.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Advised to go by the owner of our hotel, we loved every minute. The "Night Watchman" has a voice that is wispy and medieval at the same time, totally catching you up in the mood of the time that Rothenberg was at it's prime. He is informative and funny, and historically accurate I believe. HIs voice carries over a crowd... More

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Bath, Ohio
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113 reviews 113 reviews
39 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Interesting info. Not cheesy and scary, but factual and entertaining. You don't pay until after the tour and it was very disheartening how many folks walked away without paying their €7 - and it wasn't because they were disappointed, I am sure.

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Lakeland, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This tour is definitely worth doing. We all enjoyed the guide and his humor is fantastic! We walked through town and he discussed the history of Rothenburg.

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Wichita, Kansas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Nightly, from the town's square, the Watchman, lantern in hand, slowly walks through cobblestone alleys making sure that all's well. Hear the facts of Rothenburg's existence in an informative, but witty, documentary perfected over the years by the costumed guide. Simply show up to join the one hour tour. The fee is 7 Euro, payable at the tour's end.

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