Old Town Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken, the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a spectacular destination for tourists from around the world. In around 970, the Eastern Franconian nobleman Reinger founded the Parish of Detwang in the Tauber Valley, just below the eventual site of the town of Rothenburg.

The town grew from the settlement around the castle towards the end of the 12th century. By the end of the 14th century, Rothenburg was in fact an almost autonomous town that only recognized the Emperor and Empire as higher authorities, in other words it had become an Imperial Town. The successful rebuilding of the town in the post-war period is the most significant achievement in Rothenburg’s recent history.

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