Rothenburg, Germany is a major stop on the Romantic Road, which is 260 miles long and takes you from the town of Würzburg in the Franken wine-growing region to Fussen in Bavaria, where you can stay while visiting the castle called Neuschwanstein.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber by Train or Bus
Rothenburg's train station is about a ten-minute walk from the center, meaning within the walls at the Rödertor gate, but it might take you a little longer to get to the market square or Marketplatz.
The two-car regional train from Steinach dead-ends at Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, meaning it takes several train changes if you're coming from a larger city like Frankfurt. The Steinach to Rothenburg distance is covered in about 15 minutes.
You can also buy your train ticket to the Ansbach Station and take a bus 16km to Rothenburg.
Munich to Rothenburg is about a 3-hour train trip with good scenery. The train passes through Augsburg.
Europabus ED190 travels daily from Frankfurt to Füssen with stops in Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and Munich, among other stops on the Romantic Road. There may be a discount on the bus if you have a rail pass.
Getting to Rothenburg by Car
From Frankfurt take the A2 to Wurzburg, then the A7 to Rothenburg. The distance is about 120 km, about a two-hour drive.
From Munich take the A8 Autobahn to Augsburg-West, then B2 to Donauworth, then the scenic Romantic Road to Rothenburg, or, faster is to continue on the A8 and take the A7 to the Rothenburg exit.
It should take around 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive this route.
There are three parking areas outside the Rothenburg walls. It's best not to take your car inside unless your hotel offers parking.
Coach Tours and Day Trips
Rothenburg can be seen as a day trip from Munich on Viator's Romantic Road, Rothenburg and Harburg Day Tour from Munich (book direct).
A longer version takes you from Frankfurt to Munich and includes Neuschwanstein Castle: Three Day Frankfurt to Munich - Romantic Road, Rothenburg, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein (book direct).
The closest airport to Rothenburg is Stuttgart Airport (STR), about 1.5 hours by car from Rothenburg. Stuttgart is a major hub for Germanwings and TUI fly. A larger airport is Frankfurt Airport.