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Burgtor und Burg, Rothenburg

#6 of 22 in Historic Sites in Rothenburg
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Built in 1356 after the castle of Rothenburg was destroyed, Burgtor und Burg served as the city's main gate and fortification. Notice the smaller door hidden within the larger gate: this allowed a single person to pass through without opening the entire gate, thus protecting the city from possible attack. Also look for the mask face near the top of the gate, a spot into which hot tar was poured through and onto enemies. The coat of arms of both the city and the empire adorn the wood. Before you head to Rothenburg, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rothenburg vacation builder tool, to make sure you see all that Rothenburg has to offer, including Burgtor und Burg.
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  • The gate is down the main street called Herrengasse but has then immediately the old fortress and nowadays the garden there. It allows you to get great views of the river valley below and also to the....  more »
  • Outer gate that is beautiful at night. We saw it during the Night Watchman Tour. Went back the next morning to get more pictures.  more »
  • Excellent views of the city, deeply historic, the top of the tower has a lot of facts of history behind how the town was affected by WWII. Steep steps to the top with handrails. Think it was 2 Euro contribution to get in. It's a great start to your visit!
  • Rothenburg is a really cool town. The wall is fun to walk and the Nightwatchman tour in the evening is not to be missed! Schneballen are also great and a must try when visiting. They are kind of like a cookie ball with various flavorings or icings on and in them.

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