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Rothenburg ob der Tauber : Time Held Still

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber was a fortress city during medieval times. You will most likely find your way here by tracing Bavaria’s Romantische Straße. From the Autobahn, you will see the town standing atop a plateau in all of its old world splendor – with its fortifications and lookouts towering above everything else.

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Pulling into the parking lot, you will feel as though you jumped right into a Grimm fairytale, or right out of a time machine. The streets are cobbled. Half-timbered buildings and red-roofed houses stand amongst clock towers, defensive towers, and church spires. Nutcrackers, wooden toys, and Schneeball are sold on the main street.

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Looking down from the Rathausturm, you can almost make yourself believe you are not in the 21st century.

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Rothenburg’s metropolitan neighbors, Frankfurt am Main and Munich, may be heading towards the future in dizzying speed, but this town remains stuck in a romanticized past within time held still.

Photos shot in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany by Jillian @ Passport Out

Jillian @ Passport Out

Jillian is the Editorial Director of Passport Out.

  1. Dale Choong

    March 21, 2017 11:11 pm

    wow her photos are incredible! ive never been to germany but this place looks so good!

  2. Karen

    March 21, 2017 11:18 pm

    It looks very well preserved!!! How beautiful is that?! :O

  3. Michelle

    March 21, 2017 11:25 pm

    great photos as always! 5 stars!

  4. Gab

    March 21, 2017 11:36 pm

    Everything looks nice. is there a train stopping here???

  5. Alma B.

    March 21, 2017 11:58 pm

    your photos are phenomenal! WOW!


    March 22, 2017 12:47 am

    These photos are amazing!!! Making me want to visit

  7. Brittany Correia x Gypsy Sunday

    March 22, 2017 1:36 am

    Omg I’m obsessing over these photos! This fairytale town is too perfect. I might just have to take a trip there.

    Check out my blog if you get a chance girl!

  8. Lucie Colomb

    March 22, 2017 6:54 am

    Thats such a pretty city , so authentic

  9. Siffat

    March 22, 2017 9:19 am

    These pictures make me want to book a flight here right now. You captured it so beautifully!

  10. Deborah L.

    March 22, 2017 10:40 am

    Wow passport out this place is beautiful! Germany is my favorite place to visit!

  11. Tatsuki

    March 22, 2017 10:47 am

    きれいで有名な場所 ♬ 〜!

  12. 千尋

    March 22, 2017 10:59 am


  13. Kal

    March 22, 2017 2:32 pm

    i should take this romantische straBe route when i’m in germany

  14. Dana Smith

    March 22, 2017 2:40 pm


  15. Ace

    March 22, 2017 2:42 pm

    so if you plan to visit, you either fly to FRA or MUC?

  16. Tina

    March 22, 2017 2:53 pm

    Wow these photos are gorgeous! I am in awe. Thanks so much for sharing!!


  17. Настя

    March 22, 2017 8:30 pm

    Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too.

  18. Aimee

    March 23, 2017 1:04 am

    looks like i need to plan another trip to germany soon lol

  19. Gabrielle

    March 23, 2017 1:37 am

    Such magical photographs of an equally magical place! I last visit this place about four years ago, and a year hasn’t gone by since where I don’t think about it; it’s so charming!!

  20. Lloyd

    March 23, 2017 1:39 pm

    wow what equipment do u use?

  21. J Marie

    March 23, 2017 3:38 pm

    Topnotch photos & photo essay! Stunning!

  22. Merel

    March 24, 2017 8:43 am

    Wow, this looks amazing. I need to visit.

    X Merel

  23. Aurelie | Surface85

    March 24, 2017 5:06 pm

    This is such a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing with us. I didn’t know this city before. It’s such a lovely place to visit and to experience authentic Germany.
    Aurelie |

  24. Laura Alagöz

    March 25, 2017 3:07 am

    This look so beautiful place to visit! It reminds me Tallinn’s Old Town x

    Pink Frenzy

  25. Dabin

    March 25, 2017 11:51 am

    Your photos remind me of classic movies, especially the second one! Love your photos xx

    Dabin /

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