By Vicky · Published Mar. 12th, 2023 · Updated Mar. 23rd, 2023
Röttingen has a small castle, a Baroque town hall and a few old defensive stone towers which can all be seen on this short walking tour.
This walk starts from a small car park by Hundheimer Tor. Alternatively, a 15-minute bus ride from Weikersheim train station brings you directly to Röttingen Marktplatz.
Röttingen Walking Tour Map
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Top Sights in Röttingen
On this self-guided walking tour, you’ll see the main sights and attractions of Röttingen. You can spend about 30-60 minutes walking around town.
- Hundheimer Torturm
- Burg Brattenstein
- St Kilian Church
- Old Defensive Towers
- Riverside Stroll
There’s also a Sun Dial trail in town, which is 2 km long and you’ll find 25 unique sundials along the route (collect a leaflet from the sidewall of the Rathaus). On this walking tour of Röttingen, you’ll see several of the sundials, but not all.
Best Place to Stay in Röttingen
Jakobsturm Ferien im Turm* is by far the best place to stay in Röttingen – you get to stay in one of the old towers! It’s very well renovated with a combination of historic stone features and modern equipment. There are also great views from the windows!
Röttingen Walking Tour Route
From the car park you’ll see the towers.
1. Hundheimer Torturm
There are two Hundheimer Torturm (Dog Home Gate Towers), the Neuer and Alter Towers. The New Tower is the one nearest the road, and was probably built in the 15th century after the castle had been incorporated into the town. The Old Tower is similar but slightly smaller than the new one.
Directions: Walk up towards the castle, head up the steps to the left to see the little garden, then return back down and continue along the castle walls. On the left you can see the main entrance to the castle.
2. Burg Brattenstein
Burg Brattenstein has a long history, with the oldest parts of the building from the 12th and 13th centuries. It used to be owned by nobility and princely bishops, but today the castle’s owned by the town. The tithe barn section of the castle was renovated recently and opened in 2018, you’ll definitely notice some of the new sections! You can’t go inside, but you can walk around the outside.
Directions: Continue along the road and take the first right to the church.
3. St Kilian Church
St Kilian Church is a catholic parish church. Some form of church has been here since the middle of the 13th century, but with many changes to the building since then. Today it mainly has late romantic architecture and quite a nice inside. It’s named after the Irish monk who was martyred in Würzbug in 689.
Directions: Take the road heading away from the entrance of the church, the first right then left at the T-junciton.
4. Old Defensive Towers
There used to be 14 defensive towers in the walls from the Middle Ages. Today there are still 7 towers remaining. The Schneckenturm, Rippacherturm and Jakosturm are in this corner of town.
Directions: Head right out of the old walls to the road and turn right. Turn right again on the road heading towards the centre of town. Keep going and you’ll reach the Market Square.
In the Martplatz you can find the Baroque Rathaus, brightly painted in white and yellow. Built in 1750, it’s one of the nicest buildings on the square, along with the other historic half-timbered houses, including an old apothecary on the far side.
Directions: Leave the Marktplatz on the right to the right of the Rathaus. Cross over at the next junction, head right through the car park and then take the gravel track to the right. This leads you into the park area.
6. Riverside Stroll
There’s a lovely section of grassy park by the River Tauber that you can wander through. It’s very peaceful and there are nice views of some of the town’s towers.
Directions: Walk through the park and turn right at the end just past the towers. This will bring you back to the car park and the end of the Röttingen Walking Tour.