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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

(Nov 27 - 23 Dec 2015)

There is a city in Germany where Christmas can be experienced all year long - Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Romantic Road in Bavaria. It is also home to one of the most romantic Christmas markets in Germany.

Known for its medieval setting, Rothenburg is a walled city that has been left largely untouched for hundreds of years. Some complain of the Disney-like feel of the city, whose unspoiled beauty fills the city's cobblestone streets with visitors during the holidays. Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber is like stepping into a time warp. The town boasts some of the most impressive medieval architecture in Europe, and citizens fight tooth and nail to keep developers outside of the city walls.

Its medieval stage is home to the annual 'Reiterlesmarkt,' the Christmas market named after a local Teutonic legend, which began during pre-Christian times as the story of a horrid rider who carried the souls of the dead. As Christianity swept through Europe, the figure developed from a wild man into a loving, gentle man who gave gifts to all people on earth.

While Christmas decorations can be bought all year long in Rothenburg, the holidays are a special time to view the city and the market in its illuminated splendor. A local specialty that shouldn't be missed is the "Schneeball" or snow ball, made from strips of sweet dough fried and covered with powdered sugar or chocolate. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is also home to the German Christmas Museum.

Daily Times

Mon - Thur 11.00 - 19.00
Fri - 11.00 - 20.00
Sat - 10.30 - 20.00
Sun - 10.30 - 19.00

T:+49 9861 404 800.
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More than 30 years of Christmas magic in Rothenburg ob der Tauber (all year round)!

When opened in 1977, the first year round Christmas specialty store in Europe was finally able to fulfill the wishes of worldwide visitors to experience the traditional German Christmas all year round and also to purchase authentic gifts and decorations. The concept and presentation of the specialty store and products was found in the traditional German Christmas markets and with that also the name for the store 'Christkindlmarkt'.

In 1981 Kaethe Wohlfahrt's world famous 'Christmas Village' opened across the street from the 'Christkindlmarkt'. Here, in this store over 35,000 articles are displayed in half-timbered houses with snow-topped roofs.An eighteen-foot revolving white Christmas tree with more than 1,000 glass balls and a huge carved wooden pyramid amidst the impressive store make a visit an unforgettable experience.

The majority of the quality gifts are made in Germany. Famous companies like Steinbach, Ulbricht, Hubrig, Goebel (Goebel angels and Hummel figurines) and Schneider (cuckoo-clocks) and many others are suppliers. In addition Kaethe Wohlfahrt offers its own range of articles from the 'Rothenbuger Weihnachtswerkstatt'and the'Limited Edition Childhood Dreams' These colorful hand-painted articles are only available at Kaethe Wohlfahrt, so unique souvenirs for your guests.

The 'German Christmas Museum' - the first permanent exhibition in Germany showing the historical development of German Christmas traditions, is located above the 'Christmas Village' Guided tours for groups in German and English and discounted admission for groups.

Other year-round Kaethe Wohlfahrt stores are in Heidelberg, Ruedesheim, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Oberammergau, Garmisch, Riquewihr (F) and Bruges (B).Tax-free shopping for non-EU residents, worldwide shipping, all common currencies and major credit cards accepted and all the staff speak English.

Kaethe Wohlfahrt GmbH & Co. OHG
Herrngasse 1
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
T+ 49 986 1 409 150
F+49 (0)9861-40 94 10

City of Rothenburg Marktplatz - just part of the Christmas Market, Bildrechte bei RTS

Käthe Wohlfahrt’s “Christmas Village”
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