Tasty Twists


The best-known culinary treat from the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the so-called “Rothenburger Schneeballen.” This is a pastry characterized by strips of dough twisted around each other.

The resulting balls are fried in hot oil and then covered with powdered sugar, making them look like snowballs, hence their name. For variety, they are sometimes covered in a glaze or filled. Then they are called “Rothenburger Tauberkugeln.” Rothenburg’s south-facing slopes are home to vineyards and the local wine is quite good. It is the main attraction for the annual “Rothenburger Weindorf” wine festival where guests are treated with a variety of gourmet treats in the medieval downtown area.

Historic Master Drink


The story goes that the historic master drink was what saved the city from destruction by marauding Swedish troops during the Thirty Years' War. The city saving drink consisted of wine but that doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy some amazing beers in this town today.

One local brewery is located in Reichelshofen outside the historical, medieval city limits. The “Landwehrbräu” has been in business since at least 1755 and one of its brews is named after the most famous mayor of the city, Heinrich Toppler. Rothenburg itself used to be home to the “Altes Brauhaus” brewery. The building now houses a hotel and restaurant where you can enjoy a nightcap in style.

Sweet Christmas treats

The displays of Rothenburg bakeries are loaded with “Schneeballen,” or snowballs at christmas time. They are a local specialty of cookie dough twists that form a ball. The “Schneeballen” are then covered with powdered sugar making them look like their frozen namesake.

Culinary Events in Rothenburg (2 matches)

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    Wine event

    Rothenburg o.d.T.

    Rothenburger Winzerfest mit offener Kellertür

    July 18th, 2020 - July 19th, 2020

    91541 Rothenburg o.d.T.
    Tel.: +49 9861 404800
  • Wine event

    Rothenburg o.d.T.

    Rothenburger Weindorf

    August 12th, 2020 - August 16th, 2020

    Beliebte wie auch eher seltene Rebsorten werden rund um den Grünen Markt sowie auf dem Kirchplatz, vor den ehrwürdigen Türmen von St. Jakob, aufgetischt. An den Ständen werden zum ausgeschenkten Wein passende Gerichte serviert, ein buntes Programm sorgt für abwechslungsreiche Unterhaltung.
    91541 Rothenburg o.d.T.
    Tel.: +49 9861 404800