On our second day in Rothenburg Ob der Tauber I woke up early to catch the sunrise. This is one of my favorite times to venture out in any city because the streets are always so empty and peaceful. I walked along the outer wall on the east side of the town as smoke began to rise from the chimneys, catching a glimpse of the fiery skies through the small openings along the wall.
Eventually I made my over to the opposite side of the town to watch the sun come up and light the countryside below. So beautiful, and I had it all to myself.
I made my way back to our hotel to grab a quick breakfast with the rest of the group. We spent the rest of the day shopping and exploring, with a beer and wine break in between. We found a great restaurant near our hotel that had a rooftop patio, the perfect spot to soak up the sun and blue skies above. Before dinner we stopped into Zur Höll – literally ‘to hell’ – for a drink on the recommendation of the Night Watchman. This cozy little bar/restaurant is in one of the oldest houses in Rothenburg and the food looked delicious – the space is small so I would definitely recommend a reservation.
For dinner on our final night in Rothenburg we had reservations at Cafe Michelangelo, an Italian restaurant about a 5-10 minute walk from the Market Square. The interior was very modern, definitely a change from the rustic style we’d become accustomed to seeing on our trip. All the food here was great, but I’d recommend skipping the pizza and going for the pasta, especially the Rigatoni al Forno – straight from the oven and filled with a whole lot of gooey, delicious cheese. They also have an entire menu page devoted to black truffles, and who doesn’t love a taste of those delicious fungi?! I’m pretty sure I could’ve eaten schnitzel and spätzle every day of our trip, but a taste of Italian was the perfect change of pace.
Rothenburg was easily the cutest town we visited on our trip and also the best place to pick up a few beautiful German mementos. The drive from Munich is under 3 hours, so it is definitely doable as a day trip, but I enjoyed being there at night and in the early morning before all the tourist buses rolled into town. If you’re visiting Germany I highly recommend planning a stop in Rothenburg, this is a medieval gem you don’t want to miss.