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“The view from the tower is worth the climb”

Rothenburg Town Hall (Rathaus)
Ranked #4 of 64 things to do in Rothenburg
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Owner description: The city hall of this picturesque, undeveloped village reflects its anachronistic spirit.
Reviewed June 20, 2013

The town hall was undergoing renovation while we were there, so we couldn't enjoy the building itself, but we did climb the tower to view the city from above. The tower is approximately 200 steps and these are narrow, steep, winding steps. The last bit is little more than a ladder! However, the climb was well worth the view. You can get a good view of the town as well as the country side, the two story bridge, the wall, everything. They don't rush you while you are up there, but there is no room to pass by other visitors so you need to keep moving if there are other visitors. The climb down was more exhilarating than the ascent--I ended up descending backwards (like down a ladder) because the stairs were so steep. But this all just added to the experience!

3  Thank KHMNC
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

The climb was very exciting, especially the last few steps, which decrease in size and depth as you climb. Getting down is equally fraught, but exciting too. I had to climb down as you would a ladder on a ship, backwards, but the thrill of having done it and the spectacular views were well worth it. I'm smiling as I write this :-). Do it!

3  Thank SaltwaterSchelly
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Scaffolding generally looks ugly. Not so here on the Rathaus in Rothenburg. The contractor has covered the scaffolding with a beautiful screen print of the Townhall that includes the tower. We weren't able to brave that historic climb this time.
Hint: the little cafe directly opposite across the square has good express, tasty marzipan & kisch nibbles and a great view of the Rathaus.

2  Thank AucklandBruce
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

On the main square, and also the spot from which walking tours depart. Check with tourist information office for days & times of guided walking tours.

2  Thank docdaura
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

The windows on each side of the town clock open on the hour and portrays mayor Nusch is shown drinking over three liters of Franconian wine in one draught, while the Catholic general Tilly watches it in amazement.
According to legend, Nusch saved the town from destruction.
It was in 1631 during the Thirty Years War.
The windows from Rathaus are nice position to watch Meistertrunk performing between the left and right sides of the clock.
Also you can see the double-headed eagle which is most commonly associated with the Holy Roman Empire above the clock.

2  Thank 1100PlumGrove
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