This full-day tour begins in Frankfurt with a 2-hour drive east to Nuremberg.
Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour through the city’s Old Town, admiring the beautiful timber-framed houses and cobblestone streets. Marvel at the massive City Walls of Old Town Nuremberg, which still run for approximately four kilometers.
Behind the walls, walk past the Craftsmen's Courtyard, where glass cutters, leather workers, gold and silversmiths, stained-glass painters and other artisans offer their wares for sale. See the gothic St. Lawrence Church, which was rebuilt after World War II; Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s most famous Christmas market; plus Town Hall, German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer's house and the Imperial Castle courtyards, to name just some of the attractions.
Along the way, learn about the history of this beautiful and prosperous city — as the center of the Holy Roman Empire, to the days of the German Renaissance, the Temple City of the Third Reich, and the home to both the Nazi rallies and Nuremberg Trials.
See where German Emperors were crowned and where saints are buried. Find where the most famous and talented German artisans in history created their awe-inspiring works and where the colorful and lively markets have taken place for almost 700 years.
From Nuremberg, it’s a 1-hour drive west to the picturesque town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, widely believed to be the most well-preserved medieval old town in all of Germany.
Visit the famous Romantic Road, a world-wide symbol of German romance, and follow the guide through the town’s winding, cobbled lanes. See the half-timbered houses, the Renaissance Town Hall and the almost fairy tale appearance of the majestic town gates that welcome Rothenburg’s many visitors from near and far. Learn about the town’s rich cultural history, then explore some of its most popular sites.
See St. Jakob's Church, the most important church in Rothenburg, or the gruesome torture instruments at the Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). The entrance fee to one attraction is included.
Finally, the full-day of sightseeing ends with a return trip to Frankfurt.