Oberes Tor in Lauda
Oberes Tor in Lauda

By Vicky · Published Mar. 11th, 2023 · Updated Mar. 23rd, 2023

Lauda is a village on the Romantic Road with an impressive old gate and a few historic buildings. A quick walk around town takes about 30 minutes.


This walk starts from the Parkplatz Stadtkirche, in the centre of Lauda.

Lauda Walking Tour Map

Get the route by downloading the .gpx or .kml file below. For navigation with on your mobile phone, simply download the .kml file and open to add it to the bookmarks.

Tips for Lauda Walking Tour

Top Sights in Lauda

On this self-guided walking tour, you’ll see the main sights and attractions of Lauda. It’s a tiny town so you only need about 30 minutes to walk around the main centre.

  1. Kirche St. Jakobus
  2. Oberes Tor
  1. Marienstraße
  2. Heimatmuseum

Best Place to Stay in Lauda

Beim Schloß Michel* is a unique place to stay in Lauda, as it’s an apartment in an old castle, the Winterschloß der Herren von Luden. It’s fully renovated, with an equipped kitchen and great views. It makes a lovely place for exploring the entire Tauber Valley, has easy parking and is only 1.5 km from the centre of Lauda town.

Lauda Walking Tour Route

From the junction of Schmiederstraße and Blumenstraße, walk along Blumenstraße to the Marktplatz.

1. Kirche St. Jakobus

Kirche St. Jakobus in Lauda.

A church has been on this site since the 14th century, with several rounds of demolition and rebuilding since then. St. Jakobus church was most recently extended in 1955 but does still contain a few elements from the 17th century. Next to the church is the Pulverturm, or Powder Tower, an old stone tower within the remains of the old city wall.

Directions: Leave the church and head left along the road as it bends the corner and you reach the next stop.

2. Oberes Tor

Oberes Tor, a distinctive landmark in Lauda.

The Oberes Tor is a watchtower from 1494 and one of the most distinctive landmarks of Lauda. Like the Pulverturm, it’s also within the old city walls, though these were removed in the 19th century and the space auctioned off to make way for housing.

Directions: Head through the gate and into the centre of Lauda. Head right through the Marktplatz square in front of the modern Rathaus. Turn left and then left again in about 100 metres along Marienstraße.

3. Marienstraße

Walking along Marienstraße in Lauda town.

Marienstraße is a lovely street to walk along in Lauda. There are some lovely half-timbered buildings and a nice square surrounded by restaurants and cafes.

Directions: At the little square, the next stop is just to your left.

4. Heimatmuseum

Heimatmuseum in Lauda, a stop on the Romantic Road in Germany

Key Information: Open Apr-Oct, Sunday and PH from 3-5pm.

The Heimatmuseum is located in a lovely half-timbered house in the centre of Lauda. It contains some models of the town, impressions of the life and work of a winegrowing family, and an old school classroom among other exhibits. In German only.

Directions: Head back to the little square and turn left to reach the car park and the end of the Lauda Walking Tour.

Explore the Romantic Road

Other nearby towns to walk around include Würzburg, Wertheim and Tauberbischofsheim. For more walking tours and hikes in Germany, see our Germany hiking page.

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