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Rothenburg in December

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Rothenburg in December

We are 2 couples looking forward to our trip to Bavaria in December, will be driving from Frankfurt Airport to Rothenburg of der Tauber, staying 3 nights at Romantik Hotel Markusturm. Any tips about driving into the city, and parking at this hotel? Would like recommendations for restaurants in town with authentic German cuisine. On our 3d day, we'll be driving to Neuschwasnstein Castle for the tour, and then on to Munich. (Should we book tour tickets in advance?) Is this too ambitious an intinerary? Any tips would be surely appreciated, thanks.

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1. Re: Rothenburg in December

RODT is built for tourism, so there are plenty of great restaurants within the walls - might not be the best value, but the taste will be fine. Your plan isn't ambitious in the slightest. I wouldn't buy the Neuschwanstein tickets in advance. It won't be crowded to excess...besides, you never know what the weather will be like - but plan on super cold.

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2. Re: Rothenburg in December

To get to your hotel simply drive in through main gate -Galgentor and take second left. At bottom of hill (it's obvious!) turn left through Markusturm and you're there.

Food: walk along the same road toward Rodentor, and there;s the Kartoffelstube just outside. Potato themed good quality.

Walk in opposite direction and you'll come to main square- turn left to Golden Griiffon (Greifen) for friendly local food. There's also Reichskuechenmeister up by cathedral- but try just wandering!

Have fun.

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3. Re: Rothenburg in December

We visited Fussen in December of 2008 and decided not to wait in the long lines for entrance to the castles. It was cold and blustery so even less appealing to stand in line and wait. We arrived around 1pm and there were tour buses and people stacked up. Based on that experience, we would book in advance if we were ever to return.

We did visit Linderhof Palace, which was uncrowded and wonderful and serene in the winter landscape.

We had some very good food at the stalls in Christmas markets in RODT - don't forget to try whatever smells yummy.

Enjoy your trip - Bavaria is magical at Advent season.

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4. Re: Rothenburg in December

sorry; instead of "Food: walk along the same road toward Rodentor"

"Food; continue along the road you drove in on to Roedertor. About a 3 minute walk. Go out of the gate and the Kartoffelstuebe is across on the left hand side"

This place specialises in potatoes but it's not just potatoes. Good food of high quality in a relaxed atmosphere.

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5. Re: Rothenburg in December

3 days is a long time in rothenburg odt...

if you get bored with the food in the centre of town... theres a camping ground down the hill and next to this camping ground is a nice wee hamlet that has an ancient church etc... between the camping ground and this church there are 2 nice wee eateries... its a local gasthof... theres a nice little walk behind the church and you can walk up the hill to get a view of RodT... nice for photographs..

Parking may be at a premium inside the gates... there are however lots of carparks near all the entrances...

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6. Re: Rothenburg in December

Thanks for all your help. Since we're traveling the first day, actually we will spend 2 full days in RODT, and one of those we plan to drive to Nuremburg for their Christmas market. so looking forward to it. This forum has been very helpful.

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7. Re: Rothenburg in December

When you check in, your hotel will tell you where to park. Or, they may tell you to park outside the city walls which will make you have to drive in, drop off luggage, then park and walk back. I'd confirm that with them before you arrive.

Don't forget the schneeballen, those are nice, but the powdered sugar and chocolate ones are messy.

I had great Chinese in Rothenburg but perhaps you are not looking for Chinese. The farther off the main square you go, the less touristy it is. I know, that is obvious, but worth saying.

I love Rothenburg, it's one of my all time favorites.

Wear heavy socks. The cobblestones are cold and it will seep up into your shoes if you are not properly insulated.

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http://www.spaetzle-schwob.de/index_eng.html

Edith is the best cook, still think about her food.

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9. Re: Rothenburg in December

I did not like the schneeballen, everybody always talks about them but I would rather have a other sweet pastry then the schneeballen.

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10. Re: Rothenburg in December

2 days is a long time in RODT, so it's good you're doing a daytrip.

I agree that Schneeballen are the biggest waste of money we ever spent on pastry.

Oh, and if you know what day and about what time you'll be in Hohenschwangau, you might as well buy the castle tour tickets in advance, just in case. We liked both castles.

Edited: 12:50 pm, December 09, 2010