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“A must-see for visitors to Rothenburg, but allow time”

Imperial City Museum (Reichsstadtmuseum)
Ranked #13 of 64 things to do in Rothenburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum explores the long history of the city, with a strong focus on the Thirty Years War.
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We were not prepared for the extensiveness of this museum. Advertised for the original kitchen used to serve the convent and the poor, this is only a small part of a vast collection of armament, weapons, dishware, glassware and religious art (Passion of Christ, Jewish culture). Allow a couple of hours to pass through, passing by what does not interest you.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

We did not find Rothenberg especially crowded on a late September weekend, but still it was nice to escape the busy streets and wander in this museum, which we had almost to ourselves. The buildings have stood since the 1200s, with some changes and sections rebuilt over the years. There are a lot of weapons with pretty good English explanations, including the hunting gun of Marie Antoinette (who knew she hunted?)
Ancient nuns' quarters include the preserved kitchen. There is a small section honoring the Jewish community that once thrived here. In the former convent hall is a colorful and unusual cycle of panel paintings, done in about 1500 by a Rothenberg Franciscan monk. They were painted to be displayed high on church walls, so it is interesting to see them up close. The combined ticket with the St. Jakob Lutheran church is inexpensive and makes for a satisfying dose of art and history.

3  Thank tallpinesCO
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We spent longer than we had planned in this fine city museum with its somewhat eclectic collection, ranging from 'romantic' art from the period when Rothenberg was being rediscovered--first by painters--to period furniture to arms and armor. Persons staying overnight in the city should be sure to visit this museum.

1  Thank TheBigEater
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Mainly went to this museum to see their exhibit of Jewish artifacts-
very interesting
Also houses other items from Rothenburg's past

1  Thank SuzannePC
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Fascinating to see what the convent was once like in a number of rooms especially the 13th century kitchen. There are many sections to visit with collections of paintings,sculptures,furniture, ceramics,guns & drums covering 9 centuries.
The Judiaca section is worth a visit as the esteemed Rabbi Meir Ben Baruch von Rothenburg (buried in Worms near Mannheim)taught at a Talmud School & Synagogue in the Kapellenplatz, once the 1st Jewish Quarter in Rothenburg which ceased to exist in 1349 after repeated waves of persecution. Many of the Rabbis histroy & writings are held in this Museum along with other objects of historical importance.

1  Thank Clio H
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