Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a Tauber River (Main River) cruise port and town in Germany's Bavaria state (Mittelfranken/Franconia region, Ansbach district) with population around 11,000. The town is best-known worldwide for downtown's well-preserved medieval buildings. Rothenburg is also on Southern Germany's Romantische Strasse (Romantic Road) - a 350-km / 220 ml long network of roads through the states Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg (between Wurzburg and Fussen).
Rothenburg (translated "red fortress") is also famous for its scenic location - on a plateau overlooking River Tauber (tributary of Main River). The settlement was built around the 10th-century Rothenburg Castle. The fortress was owned by the Counts of Comburg-Rothenburg between 950-1116 AD. The town became Freie Reichsstadt (Free Imperial City / self-ruling) in 1274. In the following centuries, it was developed as market town and largely expanded. Rothenburg also became a pilgrimage destination following the building in 14th-century of a Franciscan Monastery, Holy Ghost Hospital, St Jakobskirche (St James Church / early16th-century) and Heilig Blut (Holy Blood).
During the Holy Roman Empire (800-1806 AD), Rothenburg was one of empire's 20 largest cities, with population around 20,000 and a surrounding territory of approx 390 km2 (150 ml2). However, during the Thirty Years War (1618-48), in 1631 the town was plundered by Catholic League forces, then in 1634 devasted by a bubonic plague outbreak. These events caused the town to stop growing, thus perfectly preserving its 17th-century infrastructure and architecture.
Rothenburg's best-known tourist attractions and landmarks include museums (Kriminalmuseum/Criminal, Reichsstadtmuseum/Imperial City, Puppen und Spielzeugmuseum/Doll and Toy, Schafertanzmuseum/Shepherds Dance, Weihnachtsmuseum/Christmas, Handwerkerhaus/Craft House), 16th-17th-century buildings (St James Church, Town Wall, Plonlein, Spitalbastei/bastion, St.-Wolfgangs-Kirche/fortified church, St Blasius Kapelle/chapel), Toppler Castle, Tauber Bridge, Wildbad Rothenburg (20th-century spa hotel, Altes Brauhaus (brewing house), Rodertor Gate, Detwang (St Peter und Paul Kirche/church), Old Smithy and Town Hall, Franziskanerkloster (Franciscan Friary/church).
As cruise port, Rothenburg is regularly included in the schedule of Viking River Cruises - world's largest river cruise company by fleet (vessel number) and passenger capacity. In 2019, the riverport was included in the schedules of the riverboats (patented Viking Longship-class inland cruisers) Mimir, Baldur, Vili, Skirnir, Magni, Ve, Bragi, Modi, Tir, Skadi. Other major European cruise companies with itineraries visiting Rothenburg included Scylla Cruises via the boat charters (cruisetour operators) Tauck (ship Esprit) and Riviera Travel (ship Jane Austen). Next tables show some of the Rothenburg-inclusive itineraries as riverport sequences and lowest prices per person (based on double occupancy).
(Viking) 14-day itinerary between homeports Budapest and Amsterdam, prices from ~USD 4800 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|22-23 Jul (overnight)||Departing from Budapest, Hungary|
|24 Jul||Danube River|
|24 Jul - 25 Jul (overnight)||Vienna, Austria|
|26 Jul||Durnstein, Austria|
|26 Jul||Melk, Austria|
|27 Jul||Passau, Germany|
|28 Jul||Regensburg, Germany|
|28 Jul||Main-Danube Canal, Germany|
|29 Jul||Nuremberg, Germany|
|30 Jul||Bamberg, Germany|
|30 Jul||Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany|
|31 Jul||Miltenberg, Germany|
|31 Jul||Wurzburg, Germany|
|01 Aug||Rhine Gorge, Germany|
|01 Aug||Main River, Germany|
|02 Aug||Koblenz, Germany|
|03 Aug||Cologne, Germany|
|04 Aug||Kinderdijk, Holland|
|04 Aug||Rhine River|
|05 Aug||Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland|
(Tauck) 21-day itinerary between homeports Amsterdam and Bucharest, prices from ~USD 12,000 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|11-12 Aug (overnight)||Departing from Amsterdam, Holland|
|13 Aug||Cologne, Germany|
|14 Aug||Rudesheim, Germany|
|15 Aug||Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany|
|16 Aug||Wurzburg, Germany|
|17 Aug||Bamberg, Germany|
|18 Aug||Nuremberg, Germany|
|19 Aug||Regensburg, Germany|
|20 Aug||Passau, Germany|
|21 Aug||Melk, Austria|
|22 Aug||Vienna, Austria|
|23 Aug||Bratislava, Slovakia|
|24-25 Aug (overnight)||Budapest, Hungary|
|26 Aug||Kalocsa, Hungary|
|27 Aug||Novi Sad, Serbia|
|28 Aug||Belgrade, Serbia|
|29 Aug||Iron Gate, Serbia-Romania|
|30 Aug||Ruse, Bulgaria|
|31 Aug||Cernavoda, Romania|
|01 Sep||Arriving in Bucharest, Romania|
(Riviera Travel) 7-day itinerary between homeports Mainz and Nuremberg, prices from ~USD 2000 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|19-20 Jun (overnight)||Departing from Mainz, Germany|
|21 Jun||Miltenberg, Germany|
|22 Jun||Wurzburg, Germany|
|23 Jun||Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany|
|24 Jun||Bamberg, Germany|
|25-26 Jun (overnight)||Arriving in Nuremberg, Germany|
Port Rothenburg ob der Tauber cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|17 April, 2019|
|19 April, 2019|
|20 April, 2019|
|20 April, 2019|
|22 April, 2019|
|24 April, 2019|
The Rothenburg ob der Tauber cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.
If you lose the Rothenburg ob der Tauber location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.