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Is Rothenburg ob der Tauber dog-friendly?

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most stunning Medieval cities in Germany, so if you’re traveling in Bavaria with your dog, surely you would want to take them there. Is it just as dog-friendly as nearby cities like Munich or should you keep your pet at home? Here is everything you need to know about traveling to Rothenburg ob der Tauber with your dog.

How to get to Rothenburg with a dog

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Perhaps the most challenging part of visiting Rothenburg with a furry companion is getting there. If you’re in a nearby city like Munich or Nuremberg, the most convenient way to access Rothenburg would be to take a bus tour, which is unlikely to allow dogs on board. Though there are regional trains and bus lines that connect Rothenburg to other cities, this can require many hours and many connections, making it a bit inconvenient for you and your dog. Nonetheless, dogs are allowed on German public transportation, as long as they’re transported in a closed carrier, or leashed and wearing a muzzle.

Other than trains, the best way to get to Rothenburg with a dog is probably to drive to the city. This means that the distance will probably be shorter, and the dog doesn’t have to put up with the stress of being jostled around from one train to another.

How dog-friendly is Rothenburg ob der Tauber?

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Luckily, once you’ve made it, you and your dog will have no trouble enjoying the city. Not only are there at least a dozen dog-friendly accommodations, they’re extra welcoming. The folks at Hotel Eisenhut, which is just off Market Square, had prepared food bowls (with some food) and a blanket for our pup when we arrived. Talk about the royal treatment! Other historic hotels in city center that accept pets include Hotel & Restaurant Reichsküchenmeister and Historik Hotel Gotisches Haus Garni. Just be sure to book early! Rothenburg is quite small and there are probably less than two or three dozen hotels within the city walls, so you should plan ahead if you want to snag a dog-friendly room.

rothenburg ob der tauber dog-friendly

Similarly, there are a limited number of places to eat in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Luckily, you and your pup will probably have no trouble finding one where you can dine with your pet. Most of the restaurants, especially in the larger squares, have terraces and sidewalk seating where dogs are almost always allowed. But you’ll also find plenty of places where you can eat indoors with your dog as well. Germans as a whole are very dog-friendly, and the kind people of Rothenburg are no different.

Things to do in Rothenburg with your dog

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So much of the joy of visiting Rothenburg is the experience of being in a completely Medieval setting that is so well-preserved that you feel like you’ve time-traveled or woken up in Beauty and the Beast. So one of the best dog-friendly things you can do in Rothenburg is just meander around the city’s adorable streets. You can also walk all the way around the city’s fully preserved fortified walls. No ticket is required, and you can enter by any stairs you come across. This is also dog-friendly, though if you’re visiting on a busy day, it can be a little cramped passing other people coming in the other direction.

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Best of all, the picturesque walled-off city is surrounded by the very green Tauber Valley, which you can walk to in just a few minutes and find yourself among vineyards, castle gardens, or along the Tauber Riber. Inside the city you’ll also find several small gardens like the monastery garden, where you can find some peace and solitude away from tourists. But frankly, the best part about visiting Rothenburg with a dog is that if you stay overnight, your morning walk will be the most gorgeous and peaceful experience, and it will be free of tourists, who tend to show up mid-morning.

Things you can’t do in Rothenburg with a dog

Though it doesn’t have Louvre-famous museums or attractions, there are a few things you will have to miss out on unless you’re able to leave your dog at the hotel. These include entry into any of the city’s churches, like St. Jakub’s Church; the museums like the Rothenburg Museum or the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum; and City Hall, which has a viewing platform at the top of the tower. None of these are things that will take multiple hours, so if you’re traveling with another adult, you can always take turns taking care of the dog and just sitting at a nearby restaurant having a beer while the other person visits one of the museums.

Dog-friendly restaurants in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Like our hotel, many restaurants are not only accepting of dogs, they’re known for bringing water and even treats for their doggie guests. Here are some of the dog-friendly restaurants in town:

Ivy’s Deli

Am Platzl

Altfraenkische Weinstube

VITO Restaurant Café




Hotel Restaurant Café Uhl

Restaurant Don Gallo

Restaurant Markusturm

Café Lebenslust

Even if it’s not listed here, it never hurts to ask if you can enter with your dog. The answer will most likely be yes! Considering it’s above-and-beyond pup hospitality, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an exceptional destination to visit with your dog.

rothenburg ob der tauber dog-friendly
Our dog is not quite as photogenic as some of the other influencers awake in Rothenburg at 6 am, nor am I as dedicated. But he loved it, too!


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