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Advice Needed: Bamberg or Rothenburg ob der Tauber?

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Advice Needed: Bamberg or Rothenburg ob der Tauber?

(This message is also on the Upper Franconia Forum and on the Rothenburg ODT Forum in hopes of getting more suggestions..)

Mike and I are getting off a riverboat cruise in Nuremberg on a Sunday morning in mid-late November. (The ship will have been in Nuremberg since Saturday morning & we will have been on a city tour on Saturday.) We will be flying to US from Nuremberg early Tuesday morning.

For the 2 nights & nearly 2 days between ship & airplane, we want to go to either Bamberg or Rothenberg using trains & spend 1 night in a local hotel. I am having a really hard time deciding between the 2 historic cities. In either case we will have most of Sunday, Sunday evening & most of Monday to walk around the city, Then Monday evening we have to take train back to Nuremberg and go to a hotel somewhat near the airport, as our flight will be leaving around 7 AM.

So, advice needed: Bamberg or Rothenburg? Hotel recommendations?

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1. Re: Advice Needed: Bamberg or Rothenburg ob der Tauber?

Rothenburg and Bamberg are as different as night and day. Bamberg is a thriving, bustling, multifacted German city with an old-world backdrop. R'burg is old world too and well preserved and rebuilt, but much smaller and exists almost exclusively to court the tourist dollar; it's all about tour buses, menus in English, and shops, a place Rick Steves has referred to as a "medieval theme park." Both are worth visiting, IMO, but it depends on what you're looking for.

There are a number of good hotel choices in Nuremberg near the station. I'd use N'berg as a base for daytrips to BOTH places. From Nuremberg Hbf you can reach Bamberg in 45 minutes; Rothenburg is 1 hour, 15 minutes. This way, you won't need to drag your bags along or switch hotels.

It seems counter-intuitive, but you will pay nothing extra for the return train trips; use the Tagesticket Plus daypass (16.80€ covers two people for a full day's outing to both cities.) And in Bamberg, where the old town is a long walk from the train station, this daypass allows you to use the local buses for no additional charge. Buy it from a ticket machine at Nuremberg's main station.


Be sure to use the regional and local trains only with these passes.

If you have decided that only one of these towns will get your attention, then you might make a second daytrip somewhere else instead. My vote goes for the fabulous Freilandmuseum in Bad Windsheim, less than 1 hour by train from Nuremberg; use the Tagesticket Plus for transport:



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2. Re: Advice Needed: Bamberg or Rothenburg ob der Tauber?

If I was going to choose between the 2, Bamberg would be the clear winner. But Russ's recommendation to stay based in Nuremburg and take the train to these other towns for day trips is great. We did that and had a really good time. Nuremburg makes an excellent base for exploring the area by train.

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