Beloved for its well-preserved medieval center and encircled by the 14th-century town wall, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
, or just Rothenburg, is a small picturesque town on Bavaria’s scenic Romantic Road through southern Germany
. Where time stands still and the Christmas spirit is felt all year round. After a busy morning or afternoon, restore your lost energy with some regional or international specialties at one of these top-notch restaurants.
Bar, Restaurant, German, European
A cool cozy bar to settle for a relaxing cocktail is the best introduction for a romantic candlelit dinner. When local rustic specialties blend with creative Mediterranean touches, the result is more than impressive. Find Topinambur inside the Prinzhotel for a meal to remember, take advantage of the lovely terrace if the weather is nice and make sure to save some room for the divine desserts.
Address & telephone number: Hofstatt 3, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 9861 9750
Topinambur Restaurant ©Topinambur Restaurant
Gasthof Goldener Greifen
Gasthof Goldener Greifen
Housed in a 14th-century stone-built inn, this restaurant specializes in traditional Franconian fare with mouthwatering dishes like the pork shoulder with red cabbage and dumplings. Book your table at Gasthof Goldener Greifen in advance to avoid disappointments and dine with the locals.
Address & telephone number: Obere Schmiedgasse 5, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 9861 2281
If a simple casual dinner of the highest quality is what you’re looking for, this barrel-vaulted restaurant is the right place for you. Thanks to Christian Mittermeier, the finest ingredients are married to create homemade flavors presented to perfection for every demanding foodie.
Address & telephone number: Vorm Würzburger Tor 7, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 9861 94540
Whether you stay at the charming inn or not, the restaurant itself is definitely worth a visit. Immerse yourself in a romantic medieval atmosphere to sample some authentic delicacies which, along with the local wine, will explain why Altfränkische Weinstube is beloved by locals and visitors alike.
Address & telephone number: Klosterhof 7, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 98616404
Restaurant, German, European, Vegetarian
Literally meaning ‘to hell,’ this small restaurant is instead a gate to heaven. Situated in one of the town’s oldest buildings, Zur Höll is the closest to a medieval wine tavern you can find. If you can’t decide what to order from the changing menu, the staff’s amazing recommendations will be of great help.
Address & telephone number: Burggasse 8, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 9861 4229
Combining original features with contemporary luxury, this restaurant gives you the chance to dine under wooden beams from 1526 surrounded by Gothic arches. herrnschlösschen is open daily for lunch and dinner, except Mondays and Tuesdays, with a seasonal-based creative menu able to awaken all your senses.
Address & telephone number: Herrngasse 20, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 9861 873890
Restaurant, Wine Bar, German
Distinguished for its cozy ambiance, this is a great way to get a taste of the delectable Franconian cuisine. Glocke is a restaurant offering traditional dishes in the warmest atmosphere. Don’t miss their homemade wine; you will probably find yourself wanting to buy a whole bottle in their shop next door.
Address & telephone number: Plönlein 1, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 9861 958990
If tradition, art and culture are important for you, and if you have a sense of romance and want to enjoy your meal in an authentic atmosphere, look no further. Although you will probably be attracted by the magnificent architecture, it is the interior and food of Baumeisterhaus that will make you fall in love with it.
Address & telephone number: Obere Schmiedgasse 3, Rothenburg ob der Tauer, +49 9861 94700
Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, European, $$$
After sampling the local cuisine you may need a break. Michelangelo is an Italian restaurant with lots of choices from pizza and pasta to seafood served in a stylish, relaxed environment. Before you leave, top off your meal with one of the tempting desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Address & telephone number: Rödergasse 36, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 9861 7478
Restaurant, Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Another great option for those craving something different from German food, LOUVRE is a small unexpected jewel. Choose among the wide variety of sushi and other Asian dishes which will surprise you by their freshness and unparalleled tastefulness.
Address & telephone number: Klingengasse 15, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, +49 9861 8755125