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Exhibitions and Events in Rothenburg 2019 - 2021

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

Picturesque Rothenburg
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.

Download the special "Picturesque" pdf from the Rothenburg Tourist Office with more details and events for 2019 - 2021.

Music Performances/Festivals 2019

"A Feasts for the Eyes and Ears"

Concert by the ensemble Singer Pur.
A Franconian Summer program concert.

June 30, 2019
7 p.m.
Kaisersaal in Rothenburg's City Hall

For more information: www.fraenkischer-sommer.de and www.reservix.de

"Dein Lied" - International Festival of the Lied

Baritone Christoph von Weitzel © Musik ins Leben e.V.

A Musical Country Outing to Unternzenn Castle

July 12-14, 2019
Castle Unternzenn

In 2019, the International Festival of the Lied invites visitors to join a musical country outing from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Unternzenn. Nestled in a fairy tale idyll and surrounded by ancient linden trees in the midst of untouched parkland, the castle grounds of Unternzenn are not usually open to the public. However, an exception is being made for the Festival. Experience the perfect connection between word and music as expressed in Lieder in an atmospheric ambience. German art songs, "Lieder," by such exceptional composers of the picturesque and vivid in music include Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Carl Loewe, and Franz Schubert.

Guest countries sharing their Lieder culture at the grand gala concert of Lieder include the German-speaking countries Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

Event organizer: Musik ins Leben e.V.
Artistic director: Christoph von Weitzel.
Further information and tickets available at: www.dein-lied.com

Camille Saint-Saens - The Carnival of the Animals

Concert by the ensemble Kontraste at Rothenburg o d T
A Franconian Summer program concert.

July 21, 2019
5 p.m.
Thermal Wildbad Theater

For more information: www.fraenkischer-sommer.de and www.reservix.de.

Serenade on the Tauber

Flute Concert by the Rothenburg School of Music

The music of French impressionism
Moods, colors, natural phenomena, and places are portrayed in music by composers such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. One of their favorite orchestra instruments was the flute. The hall of arcades in Rothenburg's Thermal Spa Park on the banks of the Tauber is the ideal acoustic and atmospheric venue for impressionistic French chamber music performed by Rothenburg's School of Music young prize-winning flautists.

June 28, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Wildbad Rothenburg odT
(Wandelhalle an der Tauber)
Free entry

Music Performances/Festivals 2020

"Your Lied - International Festival of the Lied in Rothenburg ob der Tauber"
June 26-28, 2020

In 2020, the two musically and culturally prominent countries, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, will be guests at the YOUR LIED festival in Rothenburg. Both countries offer extraordinarily rich lieder art song - cultures. One must think only, for example, of Wales, Ireland and Scotland. These three nations will present their lieder, with special focus on the picturesque, at the grand gala concert. Additional concerts during the YOUR LIED festival 2020 will be dedicated to interdependencies between music and the visual arts. Young performers of high artistic promise will transport you through Rothenburg ob der Tauber in extraordinary fashion: seeing-hearing, hearing-seeing.

Event organizer: Musik ins Leben e.V.
Artistic director: Christoph von Weitzel.
Further information and tickets available at: www.dein-lied.com

Museums/Art Exhibits 2019-2021

Special Art Exhibition in Rothenburg museum gallery
Martin Monnickendam (1874-1943)

"Detail from Martin Monnickendam's Rothenburg veduta", Oil on canvas, about 1922 © Rothenburg Tourism/JC

Exhibition duration: April 14 to September 15, 2019
Opening times:
April to October: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
November to March: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Entrance fee:
Adults €6. Groups (10 or more) €5 P.P.

The Friends of the Paintings of Martin Monnickendam Foundation has given 46 of the Dutch artist's works to the city of Rothenburg. These represent views of Rothenburg and the surrounding area from 1922, when Monnickendam spent a protracted period here. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see all the works in one special showing, alongside important loans from Dutch museums including the Rijksmuseum and Joods Historisch Museum. Difficult to categorize, Monnickendam's oeuvre is exceptionally important. His early sketches and oil paintings were heavily influenced by art nouveau while his later works transitioned to a very relaxed brush style.

Contact: Klosterhof 5, 91541 Rothenburg o. d. T.
Tel. +49 9861 939043
Fax +49 9861 935206

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.

Contact: Galerie John, Herrngasse 27, 91541 Rothenburg o. d. T.,

A Special Exhibition in the Rothenburg Museum Refectory
"Picturesque Rothenburg - picturesque views past and present"

Exhibition duration: October 11 to November 10, 2019 
Opening times:
April to October: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
November to March: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Entrance fee:
Adults €6. Groups (10 or more) €5 P.P.

Interpreted by active members of the Rothenburg ob der Tauber Art Group, the group's artists tackle picturesque views of Rothenburg and present the results from their thought and working process in the refectory of Rothenburg Museum.

Rothenburg Artists' Association
"Yesterday was today - picturesque seductions"

The city reveals manifold new perspectives of itself through the eyes of Rothenburg's artists' association. The occasionally contemporary interpretations are not without allure and immediately seduce the senses. The artists' association's art exhibitions for 2019 to 2021 include a broad range of picturesque seductions. This spectrum of artistic creations by the members of the Rothenburg artists' association is highly diversified. Paintings, graphic art, sculptures, but everyday objects too -- all of which invite visitors to view, experience and be astonished by them.

The Artist Association is also planning to produce and publish its own calendar of picturesque Rothenburg ob der Tauber for 2020 and 2021.

Contact: Rothenburger Künstlerbund e.V. - Art Exhibitions
Fleischhaus - Marktplatz 9, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Tel. ++ 49 (0) 9861 - 6174

Rothenburg Museum
"Pittoresk --! Selbstbild - Fremdbild - Wiederaneignung"

Exhibition duration: March 7, 2020 to December 31, 2021
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.

Contact: Klosterhof 5, 91541 Rothenburg odT
Tel. + 49 9861 93 90 43

Special Exhibition in Rothenburg Museum Refectory
"Rothenburg in London" Its Influence on The Garden City Movement

May 10, 2020 to December 31, 2021
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.

Contact Details
Klosterhof 5,
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Tel. +49 9861 939043
Fax +49 9861 935206

The Medieval Crime and Justice Museum, Special Exhibition in the Johanniterscheune
"Rothenburg on the Tauber - British Perspectives"

Exhibition duration: May 1 to October/December 2021
Opening Hours: April - October: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. November - March 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Entrance fee: Adults €7.00; Groups: (20 or more) €6.00 p.p.

Rothenburg on the Tauber has been considered a treasure trove of German history for over 150 years. At the dawn of the 19th century, it was initially the beautiful countryside of the compacted, meandering Tauber River that invited hikers to walk through the Tauber valley. Soon thereafter, the focus shifted to the architectural treasures of the small town nestled above the banks of the Tauber. A stream of artists from far and wide began to immortalize Rothenburg's picturesque alleys, houses, and fortifications in romantic paintings. These artists included important English and Scottish painters, such as Elias Bancroft, James Douglas, and Arthur Wasse. Their paintings and drawings conveyed Rothenburg on the Tauber's unique charm to international populations throughout the British Empire portraying the city as a prototype Medieval German town.

In 2021, many of these works will return to their place of inception for a special exhibition in the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum. The focus will be on some 30 watercolors by the Scottish painter James Douglas (1858-1911), which are on loan from the family. The exhibition will be completed by paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Elias Bancroft, Walter Tyndale, and Arthur Wasse representing their perspectives of Rothenburg.

Burggasse 3-5, 91541 Rothenburg o d T
Tel. + 49 9861 53 59

Other Activities/Events/Exhibitions 2019 - 2021

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
€70.00 (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 2021, 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.

Opening Hours:
April to October, daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Erlbacher Str. 108, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Tel. 09861 - 86962