Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
The chocolate box pretty Bavarian town of Rothenburg undergoes an annual transformation into the quintessential snowy winter wonderland. Since the beginning of the 15th century the medieval Old Town has been home to ‘Reiterlesmarkt’, a special Christmas market lined with authentic Bavarian stalls. Shoppers can wander along the narrow, winding streets around the beautiful Town Hall filling their baskets with everything from delicious traditional cookies and pastries, handmade crafts, candles, local chocolates, Christmas decorations and souvenirs.
Don’t miss Rothenburg historical town hall, built in the 13th century, the Old Town Walls, a gatehouse built in the 1500s and the famous Plönlein, the most instagrammable spot in the city. Spending more time here? It’s worth visiting the imposing Klingentor tower, constructed between 1395 and 1400.
To learn more about the picturesque old town, visit the Rothenburg museum, housed in a former Dominican convent. Established in 1936, the museum details life in the convent, which was dissolved in the 16th-century, including a look at the historic living quarters. You’ll find here a well-preserved 13th-century kitchen, artifacts showcasing the town’s Jewish heritage, and a display of European weaponry, from the Stone Age to the 19th century.