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Guided Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Guided Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Experience the fairy-tale beauty of Rothenburg on a full-day tour from Frankfurt. Travel into the heart of Bavaria to this treasured medieval city, renowned for its beautifully preserved homes and Renaissance attractions like the formidable town hall. Enjoy included access to St. Jacob’s Church or Rothenburg's Medieval Crime Museum, then stroll the town’s cobblestone lanes and soak up the essence of small-town Germany.
  • Full-day trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber from Frankfurt
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Rothenburg's Old Town, led by an expert guide
  • Entrance fees to either St Jacob's Church or the Rothenburg Medieval Crime Museum included
  • Bring your camera for photos of Rothenburg's pretty half-timbered houses that epitomize medieval Germany
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Admission fee to Medieval Crime Museum OR to St. Jacob's Church
Food and drinks
Wiesenhüttenpl. 38 , Wiesenhüttenpl. 38, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Departure at 09:30 am at the bus stop in front of the Le Meridien Hotel, Wiesenhuettenplatz 38 in Frankfurt

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Journey back in time on a tour to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Your day begins with morning pickup in central Frankfurt. Meet your local guide, grab a seat in the comfortable coach and relax for the scenic ride along Germany's famous Castle Road.

Touted as Germany’s best-preserved medieval town, Rothenburg is a window into the past. Follow your guide on a city tour along cobbled streets to view stunning landmarks like the town’s signature half-timbered houses, the old city walls and town gates, the Renaissance town hall and St. Jacob’s Church. 

Your trip includes entrance to the 500-year-old church, where you learn fascinating facts about the building and the church’s famous Holy Bloody Altar. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, choose instead to redeem your free entrance pass at Rothenberg's Medieval Crime Museum.

After your tour and some independent exploring, re-board your coach for the return ride to Frankfurt, arriving in the evening. 

Note: Have the good fortune of traveling to Rothenburg between November 25 and December 23? Be sure to visit the town’s splendid Christmas markets, featuring over 100 decorated stalls selling handcrafted goods and edibles. Shop, sample seasonal treats and experience German Christmas tradition.
Stop At:  
Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)
In your leisure time visit the fascinating Medieval Crime Museum
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Marvel at half-timbered houses, city gates and the mighty Renaissance Town Hall.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche)
See St. Jacobs Chruch with the wood carved altar by Tilman Riemenschneider.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Audioguide in several languages available on request
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Infants and children must sit in a child seat, which means they need a separate seat, no matter which age (legal regulation)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ETS-Frankfurt
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Guided Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Guided Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Guided Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Guided Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "hour drive but worth it to see medieval walled city." See review
  • "Also visit the popular Christmas store on the main street, you can't miss it." See review


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, Feb 2020
Excellent Trip. The view of the old city and the surrounding road was breath taking. Peter was knowledgeable and knows every inch of the city. He is very nice. Really enjoyed the trip. There was no one in the tour but the Company still go ahead with the tour and not cancel the tour. Very recommended!!
Rothenburg is beautiful, but tour not so great.
Deborah S
, Jan 2020
Peter our tour guide did not offer much insight/commentary in the van to or from Rothenberg about much of anything and also did not provide a lot of knowledge on the sights we saw in Rothenberg. Example: as we were leaving the one church we visited I asked what is name of church again? and he had to go look at the sign on the building (I could have done that myself). He does not know small details let alone the name of buildings on the tour! The tour description itself indicated we could choose to see the one larger church in the town or go to the torture museum, but Peter was not going to give us a choice and was planning on just taking us to the church until several of us complained we wanted a choice to see the torture museum. The tour should probably NOT go to Rothenberg on Sundays as majority of stores are closed --or at least tell people in description everything is closed ahead of time so they can choose NOT to take tour on a Sunday if this is important. It was important to me as there are really great Christmas shops in this town and I was really disappointed to see EVERYTHING CLOSED on SUNDAY except the torture museum, a bakery and maybe one or two restaurants open --despite the fact that Rothenberg is a huge tourist attraction. Giving each person one sandwich (bread, pickle and cream cheese sandwich) and one bottle of water was a nice thing to do since we were starving---however, a better idea would be to have a meal in Rothenberg which if on a Sun. would have to be set up by the tour since most places were closed.
Amazing day trip
, Dec 2019
This was our favorite day trip during our trip to Germany. George was a super knowledgeable guide. The drive to the town was beautiful and George showed us some beautiful stops on the way including a stunning church in different little town. Rothenburg is a small town but really beautiful. I would recommend trying the snowballs and then go to the butcher on the main street and get a sausage for lunch. They were so delicious. George recommended the butcher to us on our tour through the town. The Christmas market was one of our favorites in Germany as well. There were really nice people and great stalls. Also visit the popular Christmas store on the main street, you can't miss it. It is the most extensive, impressive Christmas store I've ever seen. We got back to Frankfurt around 7pm. It was a great day.
Excellent time to visit!
, Dec 2019
My mom and I took this tour as a one day trip. The guide was excellent. We were free to do whatever we wanted for 2-3 hours. The was my second trip to Rothenburg.....never disappoints.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Nov 2019
Thomas was great - we had plenty of time to walk around by ourselves and with the group. It was also a small group and that helped.
Really good!!
, Nov 2019
Our guide Sebastian was brilliant, full of knowledge and really enjoyable company. Rothenburg is a very amazing place to visit, highly recommended!
Very Good Tour
Kim C
, Nov 2019
1.5-2 hour drive but worth it to see medieval walled city. We arrived a few weeks too early for Famous Christmas Market which apparent is not to be missed. Only 6 of us along with very nice and knowledgeable tour guide who really went out of his way to assure we all had a wonderful time.
Add says see the country side - All...
howard w
, Feb 2018
Add says see the country side - All travel was through Fast AutoBahn taking every journey to and from about 2 hours... About 4 hours spent travelling. Add says total tour is 9 hours - they were late - left 15 min late, then stopped for fuel, so reached Rothenburg time for lunch, then tour guide said to meet at 3:30 to head back - so our total time was 7 1/2 hours vs the 9. and two hours were in the museum, then time for lunch, so not much time to see the city. Tourist information closed at 1pm and no one told us when we got there they were closed and we had questions - when leaving we saw the grave yard - no one told us - we went to track my wife's family tree - Tour guide was very friendly - talked on the way, and paid our way into the Mid Evil Museum - so not really a tour just a ride there and back. - he did suggest a place to eat that was good, and showed us a bakery that was good.
I ended up doing the nueschwanstein...
Meggan F
, Sep 2017
I ended up doing the nueschwanstein and Rothenburg day tour and it was phenomenal. Peter (older gentleman) was our guide and since there were only 3 of us we were able to travel in a very nice, new, and clean Mercedes! Peter was a great guide and very knowledgeable. I had an amazing trip!
Nice city.. amazing experience if...
Rogers R
, Sep 2017
Nice city.. amazing experience if you love Middle Age issues. Price is a little expensive considering that is just the transport and a brief introduction to history about village.. All travel was through Fast AutoBahn taking every journey to and from about 2 hours... About 4 hours spent travelling.
Jack, our tour guide, was excellent...
Trisha C
, May 2017
Jack, our tour guide, was excellent. On the way to Rothenburg from Frankfurt he gave us a ton of information both on Frankfurt and the surrounding area. The tour of Rothenburg was fast, but we loved having the opportunity to explore and eat some of the local food. Rothenburg itself is a must visit While it's definitely a touristy town, I can understand why. The buildings are so beautiful and there are a variety of shops worth visiting. The drive was 2 hours in a small van. The tour groups don't get larger than 8 people, and they provide you with bottles of water and sandwiches, which I wasn't expecting.
The road was beautiful and we were...
Ronit B
, Jul 2016
The road was beautiful and we were lucky and unlucky. There were alot of traffic so we took the country roads. I saw 3 foxes in a field. But because of the long drive the visit to the beautiful town was shorten and it is a pity. Richard was amazingly knowlagable and kind.
We were surprised to find that our...
, Jul 2016
We were surprised to find that our tour was a private one aboard a small 8 seat Mercedes for just our family of 4 - a pleasant surprise. Our tour guide was phenomenal (Boris) with lots of local knowledge and perfect English. Rothenberg was beautiful - just like the pictures in a storybook.
The time spent going around...
Oliver James N
, Apr 2016
The time spent going around Rothenburg was too long. The package is also too expensive. It should have been bundled up with another area of interest given the time and money spent going out of town.
Tour quite good and satisfying...
, Jan 2016
Tour quite good and satisfying. Entire town is a tourist attraction. Lots of old buildings, parts of castle and centuries old gardens. Not to mention defensive castle walls and cobbled stone roads to walk on. Local pizza is quite delicious but journey is quite a distance. Therefore lack of time. Maybe better if stay overnight.
Excellent day tour from Frankfurt...
Rene Z
, Dec 2015
Excellent day tour from Frankfurt. Driver and tour guide Peter was excellent and very knowledgeable of this gorgeous mediaval city in Bavaria.
The trip was great. Was not so sure...
Kyle N
, Nov 2015
The trip was great. Was not so sure at the beginning at the Green Line Shop, but Oliver, our driver was an amazing guide. Rothenburg should not be missed and the price of the tour was more than fair. Amazing time, and was not overcrowded as some tours can be when traveling. Highly rate this tour 9.5/10.
It is a wonderful little city...
Joshua B
, Nov 2015
It is a wonderful little city. Germany has done well on keeping this place as it was. The sights, food, Christmas displays, and museums are just a few of the things I enjoyed about Rothenburg.
We could have used a bigger vehicle...
teena e
, Oct 2015
We could have used a bigger vehicle, were were jammed in. But, the day was beautiful and the guide was very interesting.
Highly recommended yet the guide and...
willie c
, Sep 2015
Highly recommended yet the guide and local operator was not good enough to give us a proper tour. The tour guide and driver shortened our time because of his many personal reasons including he wants to get back early in the city...we paid too much for us to stay only a short time in the beautiful place. The company should be professional enough to give us the worth we paid for, no short cuts! Overall, the place is wonderful!

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