Top Ten Hotels In Rothenburg Top Places To Stay & Apartments For Rent
Top Ten Hotels In Rothenburg Top Places To Stay & Apartments For Rent

Top 10 Hotels in Rothenburg:

Staying overnight in Rothenburg is one of the most magical experiences in Germany and the small village has a lot of wonderful accommodations to choose from.  After dinner bell rings, the hoards of tour bus groups are long gone and you feel like you have all of Rothenburg to yourself.  Everything slows down in the evening and you are able to experience the true beauty of the Medieval Rothenburg.  The street lamps glisten off the smooth cobblestones, the sweet air feels still, and you are clearly able to imagine what well-preserved Rothenburg was like 500 years ago.  Some of the best things to do including the Nightwatchman Tour and Medieval cellar dinner are only possible if you stay overnight.

You won’t find a Best Western or Marriot on our list of the best hotels in Rothenburg, as the village is as authentic as they come.  Most of the hotels are located in historic mansion homes as true inns and guesthouses like you would have found in the Middle Ages.  These segmented mansions provide genourous room sizes and vintage style which perfectly fit the vibe of Rothenburg.  We have either visited or stayed in everyone of our top ten hotels in Rothenburg over our numerous trips to the village and want to share out insights with you to better plan your own magical visit.

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Important Hotel Tips For Rothenburg:

1. Festivals & Holidays: While hotels in Rothenburg to largely book up in advance on most weekends in the Summer, getting hotels in the village during its famous festivals is even more competitive.  Whether it is the delightful Rothenburg Christmas Market (more info) or the lively Imperial City Days (more info) you will need to book you room over festival weekends extra early.  We have found that 6 months or more in advance is ideal as the hotels start to get almost completely full on weekends 4 months before these festivals.  Failing to book early is extra important as some of the festivals’ best events happen after dark and you don’t want to get stuck staying in another village 10 miles away because you didn’t plan ahead.

2. Location:
Almost all of the accommodations in Rothenburg are within one mile of the Market Square in the center of the village.  That being said, you will really want to stay in the heart of old town if possible.  There is so much to do in Rothenburg that you will end up back in your room a number of times a day not just to take a break but also to add layers of clothes early in the morning or later in the evening.  Having a centrally located hotel makes this quick as easy as you will crisscross past your hotel numerous times a day if you stay in the heart of town.  It may not seem like a big deal but cutting out 15-20 minutes each way of walking makes it more likely you will explore the village before the tourists arrive in the morning or take the Nightwatchman Tour at night.

3. Room Decor:
While a few guesthouses and apartments in Rothenburg are very modernly decorated, some hotels may on first glance seem outdated inside.  While this can throw some picky American tourists off, the vibe and decor in the hotels of Rothenburg is done on purpose to help you feel like you have stepped back in time.  Remember that this is a preserved Medieval village and most of the owner-operated hotels are located inside buildings that are over 500 years old.  With painted bed frames from the 1800s, vintage wallpaper, and upholstered chairs, the hotels help you to experience old world elegance.  The rooms are typically very clean and the retro vibe will help you feel like you are staying in a true guesthouse.

Top 10 Hotels In Rothenburg:

1. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany (Sleeping Beauty, Disney Castle, Company Logo):

Top Ten Hotels In Rothenburg Top Places To Stay - the gothic house Gotisches Haus
Top Ten Hotels In Rothenburg Top Places To Stay - the gothic house Gotisches Haus

About The Gothic House Hotel: Unbelievably beautiful hotel that will make you feel like you are staying inside a romantic Medieval castle with exposed stone and timber beams.   Each one of the cozy rooms has antique accents, marble bathrooms with huge tubs, and views of town, but none of the 11 rooms are the same.  There are also original building elements which go all the way back to the 1200s that are worked into the theatrical room designs.

Back in the 1200s, The Gothic House mansion was used as a bread house and wine cellar for the local monastery before becoming the home of a wealthy family.  Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich III and his son, Crown-Prince Maximilian I, stayed here in 1474 while throwing a massive feast in Rothenburg’s main square, where he symbolically gave King Christian of Denmark the German state of Holstein to pledge an alliance.

Even if you are not staying overnight at The Gothic House, we do suggest stopping by their library-like lobby for relaxing cup of coffee.  The room has a very unique vibe and is our favorite cafe in Rothenburg.

Price: 140-200€ a night.  Hotel Address: Herrngasse 13.  Hotel Website: (Here).

2. Paris, France (Numerous Movies):

About Paris: Many movies

  • Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Ratatouille
  • Aristocats

3. Disneyland Paris:

4. Rothenburg, Germany (Many Movies):

About Rothenburg: Gustaf Tenggren (1896–1970) made his famous sketches for Pinocchio in the 1930s based on photos and images from Rothenburg.  He also did concect illistrations for Snow White.  In more modern times, Rothenburg was also the setting for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast with Plolien Corner serving as Belle’s house and the famous Saint George Fountain being re-created in the town square.  You will also find Rothenburg’s romantic fountain re-produced in the German Pavillion at Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.

Rothenburg is an ideal story book setting which has also been featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Kevin Nelson’s concepts for Disney’s Tangled, and Curt Liebich (1868-1937) illustrations for The Goose Maid.  Other fairytale illustrators to capture Rothenburg include Englishman Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), the Dutch Anton F. Pieck (1895-1987), and many German artists.

5. London, England (Many Movies):

About London: Improtant is soo many stories.
1966 went to Disney Street and thought it was funny it used to be called Dunghill Lane.

  • Mary Poppins
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • 101 Dalmations
  • Peter Pan
  • Winnie The Pooh
  • Great Mouse Detective
  • Christmas Carrol
  • Sword In The Stone
  • Bedknobs & Broomsticks
  • Mister Toad
  • Lion, The Witch, & The Worebrode
  • James & The Giant Peach
  • Robin Hood

14. Brother’s Grimm Road (Many Movies):

About Grimm: His grandmother read him Grimm and Anderson fairytales and Snow White was his favorite, he said the reading was the thing he looked forward to the most

6. Colmar, France (Beauty & The Beast):

7. Scotland, UK (Brave & Greyfriars Bobby):

8. Mont Saint Michel, France (Tangled):

9. Loire Valley, France (Many Movies):

10. Grenada, Spain (Elena of Avalor):

Honorable Mention Hotels:

11. Athens, Greece (Hercules):

12. Istanbul, Turkey (Aladdin):

13. Normandy, France (Family History):

14. Sergovia, Spain (Snow White):

14. Chateau de Chillon, Switerland (Little Mermaid):

14. Denmark (Little Mermaid):

14. Norway (Frozen):

8. Landsberg am Lech, Germany (Tangled):

8. Nottingham, England (Sword In The Stone):

About The Road: Important is soo many stories.

  • Princess and the Frog
  • Snow White
  • Tangled

14. Italy (Pinocchio):

14. Austria (Bambi):

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