Straight out of a fairy tale set, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most memorable places that we've visited in Germany. The beauty of the well preserved medieval buildings, painted vibrant shades with contrasting colors like the famous painted ladies in San Francisco, is a sight to behold. The entire village, with its cobble stone streets and its old fashioned wrought iron works hanging from the storefronts, is frozen in time. Nevertheless, the picturesque village can offer more than just the admiration of beautiful buildings. Tourism has revitalized the sleeping town into a sprawling hub of accommodations and eateries. In this post, we will introduce you to our recommended hotel and restaurants that we've enjoyed during our visit to this quaint village.
HOTEL: Mittermeiers Alter Ego
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a village which is surrounded by a city wall. Majority of the buildings inside the wall are preserved from the medieval age and have continued to be kept in the same manner, albeit, with typical modern infrastructure upgrades such as electricity and running water. Which means, accommodations inside the wall are mostly traditional German style inns or bed and breakfast. However, we're not a fan of staying in a place with old world touches and Mittermeiers Alter Ego enable us to enjoy a contemporary facility with a location that is well situated, steps away from one of the wall gates.
Mittermeiers Alter Ego is part of a 2 building complex. The main building, Villa Mittermeiers, is 2 house down where the restaurant and reception are located. Villa Mittermeiers is a traditional German style hotel attached to building 1, while Mittermeiers Alter Ego as building 2 is considered as their new venture into the contemporary life style accommodation. Check in is at 2-3pm and is located in Villa Mittermeiers. If you arrive early, luggage may be left at the reception. Strangely, there's a different hotel squeezed between their building 1 and building 2 which could be confusing but just read the signs.
Mittermeiers Alter Ego is fairly new when we stayed in May 2019 and there were interesting quirks about the room that we thought should be ironed out. However, this is one of the few hotels around this village with modern decor so if we do return to the village we would gladly stay at the hotel once again. The 1st floor of Mittermeiers Alter Ego has a beautifully designed lounge area and a shared kitchen space. Guests may utilize all of the kitchen wares and also grab necessary in-room dining utensils and beverages. Complimentary coffee and tea selection is provided. Interestingly, there is an honor bar in the kitchen with snacks and beverages stocked from local specialties to international staples where you can grab and go to enjoy in the room or elsewhere. With the honor bar concept, you mark what was consumed and you hand over the slip during checkout time. Pretty cool!
The room that we stayed in is a studio located on the 3rd floor. The comfortable king size bed took most of the space in the room and we barely had enough space to open up our 2 large luggage. The studio had a modern shower with a sliding door which is right across from the bed. The sink with the vanity is squeezed in right next to the bed across the room. While space and layout of the room could potentially be a concern, we spent most our time outside exploring the village so it wasn't a deal breaker. There's a flat screen TV with Ipad control for entertainment and supposedly you can cast your favorite stream, if you know how to operate the control. It's a pretty nifty feature but for a non-apple product user, it could be daunting.
Breakfast is a delight here. You can book a package with breakfast or let the receptionist know if you would like to opted in for the buffet breakfast on the morning of. They have a decent spread of breads and cereal, jams, fruits, charcuterie, and fresh honeycomb. Hot items, eggs and bacon, could be ordered from the wait staff. To top it off, they have unlimited self-serve mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice. The Germans really love their bubblies!
RESTAURANT: Konditorei Pretzel (Cafe am Marktplatz)
This cafe and bakery is a great place to catch your breath after walking around the village. Located at the vibrant market square, you can enjoy the iconic views of the colorful medieval buildings while sipping and munching on a piece of history. The cafe and bakery has been around since 1902 and offers tourists and locals alike all sorts of German delights including local specialty 'Rothenburg Schneeballen', a snowball shape sweet pastry.
RESTAURANT: Am Platz
If you manage to trek away from the main crowd of tourists, you might just find this lovely restaurant.
Am Platz is a quaint little restaurant tucked away from the main commercial streets, and it is truly a hidden gem for its serene dining room and top notch local fare. Forked against of 2 residential streets near the village center and adorned with green vines, spring flowers, and white sombreros, the building stood out against the grey residential backdrop. The bottom floor of the building is the restaurant operation and diners can choose to either dine at the hard to covet outdoor patio tables or inside dining room which is still pleasantly nice, especially if you would like a change of pace after a morning of activities. The dining room has a traditional alpine feel with woody textures from floor to ceiling. English menus are available and you will find that the food here are thoughtfully prepared. We loved the Cordon Bleu which came with fries and an impressive side salad. For a hot day, try the Hugo Spritz for a refreshing touch. We would consider this place for a perfect lunch spot to unwind away from the tourist crowd or perhaps an intimate dinner since they also affordable evening fare.
RESTAURANT: Der Reichsküchenmeister
Der Reichsküchenmeister is a historical restaurant that glorifies the "Master Chefs of Empire" organization which in the olden days governed the law of the land with culinary mastery through power bestowed by the emperor himself. Other than its rich historical significance, the restaurant hosts a pleasant beer garden covered in the shades of large tree which we enjoyed chilling in the summery afternoon. Take a look through the expansive menu translated in many languages including English and Japanese and you'll see this place is a culinary fiend boasting local game meats and seasonal ingredients. We advise making reservations for this hot spot as tourists like to swarm the establishment due to its proximity to the popular Market square.
Bonus Pictures of Rothenberg ob der Tauber
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