Exhibitions and Events in Rothenburg 2019 - 2022
The Medieval City of Rothenburg ob der Tauber rarely does things by halves.
Following is a two-and-a-half-year overview of the famed Medieval City's vibrant offerings designed to accommodate all interests and tastes:
Devoted to the Picturesque
View into the Tauber Valley © Rothenburg Tourism/JC
According to Wikipedia:
Picturesque is an adjective, a picturesque maze of narrow streets: attractive, pretty, beautiful, lovely, scenic, charming, quaint, pleasing, delightful, romantic.
All of which seems to be an exact description of Rothenburg!
The program of events devoted to the Picturesque begins in Summer 2019.
Museums/Art Exhibits 2019-2022
A Special Exhibition at Galerie John
"Along the trail from picturesque Rothenburg perspectives to the Modern era - Walter John's journey to Abstractionism"
Exhibition duration: April 20, 2019 to December 31, 2021;
Exhibition opening: 4 p.m. April 13, 2019
Opening Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Entry: €0.50 / children free
Walter John (1910-1974) was a painter heavily influenced by French modernity. He was a member of the international art collectives Jeune Peinture Européenne, Les Surindependantes, and Signatures. During the 1960's he lived and worked in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This special exhibition illustrates his journey from figurative art into abstraction.
"Pittoresk --! Selbstbild - Fremdbild - Wiederaneignung"
Exhibition duration: March 7, 2020 to December 31, 2022
Opening times: April - October: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November - March: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Entrance fee: Adults €8.00; Groups (10 or more) €5.00 p.p.
This exhibition uses engravings, paintings, photography, and numerous other visual and audible testimonies to illustrate the radical change in the perception of Rothenburg ob der Tauber between the 18th and 21st centuries. This transformation in perception is reflected in the change in perspective, subject matter, and image detail. It becomes clear how, from the paintings of around 1900, a canon of motifs gradually evolved and wasused for reproductions and later for the mass distribution of postcards. All these visual testimonies have contributed to the tourist image of Rothenburg - an image that its people are now evaluating with an increasingly critical eye.
Special Exhibition in Rothenburg Museum Refectory
"Rothenburg in London" Its Influence on The Garden City Movement
May 10, 2020 to December 31, 2022
Opening times: May to October: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November to March: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Entrance fee: €8.00
Even as far back as 1906, Rothenburg was already being used as an example for the design and construction of the garden town of Hampstead near London. Everything, from overall grounds down to a house's interior design, was to provide people with a garden town fit for habitation. This was in response to the terrible, crowded living conditions of workers in cities during the early period of industrialization.
The English architect Raymond Unwin chose Rothenburg ob der Tauber as an example for urban development. While planning the garden town of Hampstead Garden Suburb, Unwin, a student of William Morris, incorporated architectural motifs such as Rothenburg's towers, roof designs, arcades, staircases and window designs in his plans, also incorporating the use of trams, squares, and city greens.
Drawing on plans, photos, sketches, models and previously unpublished source materials, this special exhibition demonstrates for the first time Rothenburg's significance as an architectural example for the planning of both Hampstead Suburb as well as the garden town of Hellerau near Dresden. The role of picturesque architecture, and therefore Rothenburg ob der Tauber, at the threshold of modern Bauhaus architecture, will be reconstructed in discussions between renowned architects Richard Riemerschmid, Camillo Sitte, Hermann Muthesius, Raymond Unwin, Ernst May, Barry Parker, Theodor Fischer and others.
The Medieval Crime and Justice Museum, Special Exhibition in the Johanniterscheune
"An encounter with Rothenburg – art and artists between 1830 – 1960"
Exhibition duration: May 1 to October, 31 2022
Opening Hours: April - October: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. November - March 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Entrance fee: Adults €8.00; Groups: (20 or more) €7.00 p.p.
Other Activities/Events/Exhibitions 2019 - 2022
Unique architecture of the Wildbad Rothenburg © Wildbad Rothenburg
Experiencing Rothenburg's "Wildbad" as an architectural example of the picturesque
A guided tour through the landmarked park against the backdrop of the architecturally impressive Wildbad. Several stops will take you through the magical park. The new perception of architecture and nature in the picturesque is vividly explained.
Duration: approx. 45 minutes
€75.00 (max 30 persons)
Bookings by appointment
Picnic in nature - enjoy the picturesque ensemble of the Wildbad
Enjoy a romantic walk with a picnic through the Wildbad as a prime example of the picturesque and its many scenic spots by yourself.
We will send you off with a booklet and picture frames on a journey of discovery to see picturesque views and sights around the Wildbad.
Picnic in the park for €25.00 per person:
Includes a booklet --and a delicious picnic basket that has everything the heart could desire. Duration is up to you. The path is a 45-minute walk.
Full House with Nine-Pin Bowling in an historical bowling alley
Experience the charm of this traditional sport in a unique atmosphere. Play nine-pin bowling on the historical open-air alley with up to 10 people. Actively experience the picturesque of the nineteenth century live.
The Wildbad is a prime example of the picturesque with its architecture and grounds. The historic grounds, in particular, allow you to experience a popular form of public recreation from Rothenburgt's historic past.
Nine-pin bowling €25.00/h
Booking required, included are refreshment basket, coffee, cake; drinks available.
All Wildbad bookings by appointment
Ev. Tagungsstätte Wildbad Taubertalweg 42
91541 Rothenburg o.d.T., Germany
Phone +49 (0) 9861.977-0
An Artistic Purchasing Cooperative with a History:
"Art, Craft & History Rothenburg ob der Tauber"
Experience Medieval Rothenburg away from the well-traveled tourist routes.
Art, Craft and History is an initiative of selected Rothenburg businesses and craftworkers who place authentic craftwork and individuality in the fore. You can visit renowned artists, designers, craft workers, antiquarians, and potters immersing yourself into the history of our picturesque city. Tour guides also offer special theme-based tours.
Did you know that around 1900 Rothenburg ob der Tauber was the destination of numerous artists and architects inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement?
From 2019 through 2022, we warmly invite you to follow in the footsteps of these artists during our Picturesque - Rothenburg as "Landscape Gardens" theme years. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber all for yourself. We look forward to seeing you.
Further information available at www.artandcraft-rothenburg.org
Excursions into Rothenburg's Garden Paradise
Allegorical statues resembling the four seasons in Rothenburg's Castle Garden © Rothenburg Tourism / Pfitzinger
The old city of Rothenburg lies high above the river Tauber, framed to east by the foothills of the Franconian Heights. Hardly any other city has so much nature to offer for excursions and horticultural discoveries. Alongside the castle gardens (awarded "Garden of the Year 2017/2018" by Hohenlohe Garden Paradise) the city offers the Cloister Gardens, the Thermal Spa's Landscape Gardens, the Rothenburg "Riviera," the Lotus Garden, and there are numerous hidden green paradises awaiting you, too. More information is available in the Rothenburg Garden Paradise leaflet.
Leyk's Lotus Garden
Lotos Garden Red Bridge © Leyk Lotos-Garten
Hidden behind a 250-year old Indian gate lies an idyllic oasis of peace, a romantic world of rest and relaxation. Its gently burbling streams and twittering birds allow visitors to quickly leave the real world behind. Consisting of 1,730 square yards, more than three acres, of Asian water gardens at the gates of Rothenburg, the Lotus Garden enchants visitors with its lush diversity of exotic plants, comfortable seats in the heart of nature, tea house, pagoda pavilion and viewing terrace.
Refreshments are available. Coffee and cake, and small bistro dishes are also available at the Lotus Garden's cafe.
April to October, daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Guided Tour: Picturesque Rothenburg
Do you like traveling back in time? Our guided tour takes you on a journey of discovery through Rothenburg in the nineteenth century. Enchanted places and seemingly forgotten corners await to be rediscovered by our guests.
Duration: about 1,5 hours, Attendance: max. 15 persons
Rate 110,- €