Rothenburg ob der Tauber is famed as an architectural gem on Germany’s Romantic Road. But while Rothenburg offers unparalleled middle ages and renaissance heritage, the city wants visitors to experience its rich, vibrant history in more sensory and interactive ways. Twice a year more than 20 historical groups participate in activities which recreate Rothenburg’s times as an Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire.

Every spring, for example, the city becomes a stage that recreates the events of the devastating 30 Years War (1618-1648). Visitors can visit the encampments and hear the echoing cannon fire reverberating in Rothenburg’s narrow alleys and streets. On the first September weekend, Rothenburg’s Imperial City Festival recreates 500 years of Rothenburg’s historical past. Highlights include the Teutonic knights encampment in front of the City’s gates and a recreation of the royal court in all its splendour, while large firework displays and public theatrical productions round out the program