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rothenburg day trips in october?

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rothenburg day trips in october?

we will be in rothenburg for 4 nights (3 full days) with a car. our plan is to visit nordingen, dinkelsbuhl, bamburg, and wurzburg in those 3 days. we will see rothenburg each late afternoon or evening. to any or all of these 4 towns, can anyone recommend scenic driving routes? also, is there any town within 1 1/2 hour drive we should consider instead of the 4 listed towns (not interested in larger cities)?

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1. Re: rothenburg day trips in october?

Wuerzberg is an order of magnitude bigger than Noerdlingen and Dinkelsbuhl. A city more than a town. I'd like to suggest Schwabisch Hall as a good place to go. Iphofen is really nice, too.

The back road to SH is the best way to reach there, rather than autobahn. On that road, Langenburg is worth a stop.

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2. Re: rothenburg day trips in october?

If you visit Schwaebisch Hall ( www.schwaebischhall.de ) then stop at Vellberg ( www.vellberg.de ) along the way as it is a short distance to its east. It is my favorite medieval walled town. It is delightful and small, and there will be a lack of other tourists meaning that you can really enjoy it and it is an excellent contrast to over-touristed Rothenburg. Just east of Schwaebisch Hall is (Gross)comburg (in www.schloesser-und-gaerten.de ), a walled fortified medieval monastery, actually a large medieval church and monastery within a large medieval castle. The church has some lovely unique features (the whole complex is unique) if it is still open at the time of your visit in October. Schwaebisch Hall itself has some excellent art museums, the medieval one in a former medieval church, and the new Museum Wuerth ( kunst.wuerth.com/en/portal/startseite.php ) which is free and has excellent visiting modern art exhibitions. Just to the NW is an outdoor museum with buildings from the past where they reenact life at former times, Hohenloher Freilandmuseum ( http://www.wackershofen.de/?lang=en ).

If you want to see what was almost the fate of Rothenburg, go a little further to the NW to the lovely ridgeline town of Waldenburg. It has been restored nicely, but there should be a display showing what it looked like after a brief shelling by American troops during WW-II as they marched on Rothenburg.

Not only cities but places in smaller towns and the countryside have excellent places to visit. Along the Romantic Road to the NW in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg are many excellent places to visit of many types, the palace at Weikersheim being one of them.

A little to the SE of Noerdlingen is Kaisheim, one of my favorite places to visit in Germany. Upon secularization, the abbey there was turned into a men's prison. The church is lovely and outside of the prison. In the back on the second floor is a prison museum of past and present prison life. (Not open on Mondays and Tuesdays). You are IN the prison. In the lovely Kaisersaal events are still held, and if you look out the windows perhaps you'll see some prisoners wandering about the prison yard. On the other side of the walls are some of the cell blocks. Definitely one of the most interesting places in Germany that I've visited, a nice blend of the past and present, and you won't find a lovelier prison anywhere in the world as the monastery buildings are well kept and freshly painted.

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3. Re: rothenburg day trips in october?

Very much agree that Vellburg shouldn't be missed.

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4. Re: rothenburg day trips in october?

thank you, both! i'm heading for google maps right now............

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5. Re: rothenburg day trips in october?

Hello, Are Vellburg and Schwaebisch Hall easily accessible by rail from Rothenburg? We are planning a similar trip but did not plan on renting a car so need to rely on public transportation.

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6. Re: rothenburg day trips in october?

#5. No. Although Rothenburg sits less than a kilometer from Baden-Wuerttemberg, there are no train connections in this direction. Also, although Vellberg (note the spelling) sits near a train line, I don't believe it has a station.

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7. Re: rothenburg day trips in october?

Are there buses that go to Vellburg? Perhaps a taxi or Uber?

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