Backpacking: Würzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Hotel Würzburger Hof

Arriving in Würzburg felt very different than arriving in Cologne. While Cologne had been a small city, Würzburg was absolutely a small town and had that local, out of the way feel.

We were lucky that we had found a hotel that was an easy walk from the train station. Hotel Würzburger Hof was a delightful, boutique inn that was located right in the center of town. There were many dining, drinking, and shopping options within a five minute walk of the hotel. With friendly staff and a wonderful breakfast spread, it was the perfect introduction to the smaller towns of Germany.

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View from our Würzburg hotel room

Our suite had a private hallway and perfect town balcony view- what could be better!

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Würzburg Residenz

After check-in, we decided to explore the town. Just a ten minute walk past our hotel was the beautiful Würzburg Residenz. I would absolutely recommend exploring this wonderful space!

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The gardens outside of the Würzburg Residenz

Surrounding the Residenz are beautiful gardens! Meticulously groomed archways and shrubs really allowed you to experience a feeling of grandeur. (P.S. The cafe on the property makes a wicked hot chocolate!)

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Marienberg Fortress

We woke up the next morning completely refreshed and ready to explore. Sitting impressively high above the city lies the Marienberg Fortress, which was just begging to be explored.

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View of Würzburg

About a forty minute walk to the top from our hotel, it was absolutely worth the trek just for the stunning views on our way to the top! There is just something about Germany that can’t take a bad picture.

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Villa Mittermeier

The next stop on our backpacking adventure was Rothenburg ob der Tauber. As it’s a little out of the way, getting to this town really put our navigational skills to the test! We arrived surprisingly on schedule at the beautiful little hotel Villa Mittermeier.

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Interior of Villa Mittermeier

Sitting just outside of the well-preserved walled city, the hotel quickly became one of my all time favorites with chic decor and customer service just couldn’t be beat.

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Our room in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

One of my favorite parts of the hotel was the customized chess set on the desk in our room. We had picked this “out of the way” city as a relaxing stopover, so we really enjoyed these fun details.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

This town was everything I was hoping for and more. There was this relaxing, timeless vibe that just calmed me down instantly from several fast-paced days on the road. The historic winding streets provided several charming days away from the city.

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Walking around Rothenburg ob der Tauber

As we were there during the off season, the city itself was quiet and fairly empty. Known as “Christmas Town” the city’s tourism picks right up during the high peak of Summer and then all the Christmas fairs in early Winter. However, there was something so special about being able to wander the streets alone and uninterrupted by crowds.

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View from Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The city itself is high above the surrounding area as a mode of early defense. Now, it results in stunning views from all sides!

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The walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

One of the best pieces of medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the the wall surrounding the town. Historically important and now wonderfully charming, it still emcompasses the entire city. As a piece of living history, the wall is still is locked every night by the Night Watchman! (I saw this on an episode of Rick Steves before our trip and I was so excited to see the same Watchman locking up the town- check out the Hulu videos for more information.)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber was exactly what we needed to break up the week. Since we were traveling 2-3 hours almost everyday, it was important to us to have a few days in the middle just to breathe and relax. If you are planning a trip to Germany, I would absolutely recommend a small detour to experience this magical town.

In case you missed it, catch up on part one here!

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