Topplerschlösschen: Perhaps the smallest castle in the world

Topplerschlösschen: Perhaps the smallest castle in the world

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You feel like you've been transported into a tale by the Brothers Grimm: On the edge of the medieval old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the small residential building of the Toppler castle balances on a defence tower.

The small town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber attracts tourists from all over the world. They are all enchanted by the medieval old town, which could easily have come straight out of a fairy tale: Through a town gate, you enter a maze of winding alleyways lined with beautifully restored half-timbered houses. All of this is surrounded by a walkable city wall.

Topplerschlösschen: A historical jewel on the edge of the old town

In the Tauber Valley, on the western edge of the old town, lies the quirky-looking Topplerschlösschen. The small house seems to balance on a defence tower. After its construction in 1388, it fulfilled two functions at once: On the one hand, it was the defence tower of Rothenburg and on the other, it was the home of the mayor Heinrich Toppler. Today it is furnished with historical furniture from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Current information, admission prices and opening times can be found here.

A culinary reward at the end of the city tour

At the end of your stroll through the old town, you can enjoy typical Franconian sausages with cabbage at Gasthof Rödertor.

How to get there: Take the train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber station. From here it is around 25 minutes to the Topplerschlösschen in the Tauber Valley, on the western edge of the old town. From the railway station, turn left along Bahnhofstraße and soon right into Ansbacher Straße. Follow this road through Rödertor and Rödergassse to the market square, then straight ahead along Herrngasse. Through the town gate, turn right towards Taubertal along the trees, after 100 metres turn sharp left through the forest, over the Tauber and left to Topplerschlösschen.

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Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.

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