Medieval Crime Museum

rothenburg medieval crime museum

Address: Burggasse 3-5, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Hours: check website for updated hours

Admission: Adults €8, Students €5, children 6 years and up €4, children under 6 are free. A family ticket for 2 adults and all children under the age of 18 is €19.50

Thankfully, this museum is in English so the crazy macabre-loving tourists can enjoy this building of punishment and torture. The museum tells stories from over 1,000 years of German and European history. There are around 50,000 exhibits depicting punishments and humiliation that were dolled out in retaliation for crimes.

There are also many exhibits on famous cases and legal rights. The Gothic writer of Dracula seems to have gotten some ideas for his writings from the iron maiden from Nuremberg that is held within the walls of this museum.

The punishments that the government gave are somewhat unusual in certain circumstances. For example, you will see the cage of the baker’s baptism. This was used on the occasion that if the baker cheated with the ingredients and thus did not make the bread or pastry properly, he would be placed in this cage and immersed in water.

Don’t miss the collection of “shame” masks, racks, thumbscrews, and other torture devices in the slightly terrifying cellar.

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