Visiting Rothenburg With Kids:

Visiting magical Rothenburg, Germany is of the most rewarding experiences you can have while traveling through Europe with children.  Kids of all ages will find plenty of things in Rothenburg to fall in love with.  Larger cities may have heavy-hitting sights like the Effiel Tower or the Coliseum, but Rothenburg has a certain charm that seems to spark the fairytale imagination in children that sticks with them.

The first few times we visited Rothenburg we brought friends and adult family memebers, but after finally bringing our kids, we wish they would have been with every time.  As you roam the cobblestone streets, it is no wonder that Walt Disney and his illistrators have been inspired by Rothenburg over the decades which gives the village ties to numerous movies.  In this guide on visiting Rothenburg with kids, we will cover the Disney movie locations along with the other top things to do with children and a few helpful tips.

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Tips For Visiting With Kids:

1. Stay In The Center Of Town:

About Staying In Rothenburg: A bunch of excellent options in the center of Old Town Rothenburg that are ideal if you are visiting with children.  Consider booking an apartment.

Staying in the center of town will also drastically cut down on your need to use a backpack carrier or child stroller.  While the sidewalks are smooth, the cobblestones on the streets and squares can be very very changing with basic collapsible umbrella strollers.  If your child is at an age where they require a stroller, you will definitely want to bring a sturdier one with large rubber tires.

2. Prep Your Children:

How To Get Your Kids Excited: Rothenburg is an extremely magically place, however, most children can be highly unpredictable and moody at times.  One of the best ways to proactively overcome this challenge is to get your kids excited for their visit to Rothenburg by exposing them to elements of local culture.  With our own kids, we started this process by talking about the fairytale vibe of Medieval Rothenburg and its 42 watchtowers.  We also showed them photos of the Disney movie locations in town (mentioned below) and printed off coloring book pages featuring various landmarks in town for them.

In addition to the visuals, you can also reach their taste buds in your travel prep by trying some popular German foods before your holiday.  Some fan favorites for kids are often egg noodles (spätzle or käsespätzle if cheesy), soft pretzels (brezel), breaded pork/veal (schnitzel), bratwurst, and of course apple strudel (apfelstrudel).  Whether you make it at home or dine at your local German restaurant, trying some food ahead of time is a great way to acclimate your children.  Paired along with the food it can also be fun for kids to learn a few language basics before visiting Rothenburg.  Halo (hello), guten tag (good day), please (bitte), and thank you very much (danke schön) are easy to learn and make your children feel invested in their vacation.

3. Know Where The Bathrooms Are:

About Rothenburg’s Bathrooms: As a parent, one of our main worries while traveling with children can be making sure you are always close to a bathroom.  Luckily in Rothenburg there are a number of public bathrooms (marked with WC), although many visitors don’t know about them ahead of time.  Unlike the United States you usually can’t walk into a restauarnt to use the bathroom unless you are dining there.  If your hotel is in the heart of town you can alway head back to to use the bathroom, but dealing with extra walking, steps, and room keys isn’t ideal when your kids really has to go.

There are three main publich bathrooms in Rothenburg with the main one tucked in Green Square (Grüner Markt) which is connected to the main Market Square (Marktplatz) along the Northside of the huge Town Hall.  The second public bathroom is around the Northside of the Castle Tower Gate as you enter Rothenburg’s Castle Garden on the Westside of town.  The final bathoom is on the far Southend of Rothenburg in the parking lot area outside the city walls near the Spital Bastion.

Top Things To Do With Children:

1. Attend A Festival:

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top ten best restaurants In Rothenburg germany - medieval cave cellar dining To Hell Tavern Zur Holl restaurant

About Rothenburg’s Festivals: If you want your family’s experience to be extra magical, try to time your visit with one of Rothenburg’s seasonal festivals.

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2. Walk The City Wall (Reichsküchenmeister):

3. Take The Night Watchman Tour:

4. Visit The Christmas Stores:

5. Take A Bike Ride:

6. Visit The Disney Film Locations:

7. Medieval Crime Museum & Dungeons:

8. Try Local Sweets:

10. City Wall Playground:

9. Have A Picnic (Ratsstube):

About Wildbad PicnicsYou can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the gardens and former spa at Wildbad Manor for an unforgetting experience.  You get a real picnic basket and have access to the trails which, if you do the whole hike, is an enjoyable 45 minute loop.

In 1820 the huge manor and spa was built here. Specializes in Christian conference and prayer groups.  current complex built between 1898 and 1903 by Friedrich Hessing as a spa hotel. Since 1982 it has been used as an Evangelical conference center.

Picnic Booking: For the 25 Euro picnic you need an advanced booking which can be done by calling them at +49 9861 977-0 or by email at  Wildbad Locatin: Taubertalweg 42.  Wildbad Website: (HERE).

Honorable Mention Actives:

11. Climb Town Hall Tower:

12. Visit Toppler Castle:

13. Leyk’s Lotus Garden (Leyk Lotos-garten):

14. Climbing World Ropes Course (Kletterwald):

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