Rothenburg ob der Tauber Castle

rothenburg castle gate

Address: Alte Burg, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

After an earthquake destroyed the castle in 1356, the stones of the ruins were used to build the city ramparts (walls around the city). Some speculation around the demise of the castle remains. Some historians think that while the king was away from the town, the residents in fear of attacks, dismantled the castle to use for the city walls. When the king returned home, he was told of an earthquake that took the castle to ruin. The remains of what is left are now in the Castle Garden.

As you exit the garden and walk under the Herrngasse gate you will see a mask on the wall of the Burg Tor gate. This was used to pour hot tar onto attackers. You will also see a small door within the gate. It is known as the Eye of the Needle. This allowed one person to pass through at a time, preventing enemies from barging in.

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Best Time to Visit: Check out the Blasius chapel while you are wandering the garden and castle grounds.

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