If you are looking for a terrific Christmas destination, Tauberbischofsheim is the place to be. One of the stops off the German Romantic Road, its medieval walls make it look like it came right out of a picture book. The cobblestone streets, flower box windows and half-timbered houses add to its aesthetic.
If you find yourself in Tauber (which is what we’ll call it for short from here on out), here are some sights you won’t want to miss out on.
Buy Christmas Ornaments
Tauber is one of the best places to go to buy a Christmas ornament. This largely owes to the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village which has the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world. These include pyramids, nutcrackers, incense holders, glass, wood and pewter ornaments, table linens and more.
The 16,000 square foot space is a wonderland in and of itself. There is a giant nutcracker guarding the door making for a terrific photo opp. Once you enter, you will be engulfed in a Christmas village with snow covered houses, twinkling stars and cobble stone streets. There is also a 16-foot Christmas tree decorated with 1000 glass balls and 12,5000 sparkling lights.
Other attractions of the space include a revolving 18’ Christmas pyramid which weighs over 2 tons, a second giant Nutcracker figure and thousands of artificial lights.
Before you leave, be sure to take a picture in front of the colorful bus that stands by the store’s entrance.
This Christmas market is one of the smaller ones in Germany, but it takes up a good part of the town. Walk through sipping on German beer while enjoying the cozy vibe that sets it apart from markets in modern cities. It’s a great place to find handmade items and other unique goods.
Visit Kurmainzisches Schloss
This former castle has origins in a medieval castle build in the 13th century as only the keep, or Turmersturm, is preserved. The keep is located directly across from the castle and it is a landmark of the city.
The castle itself was since replaced by the Electoral Mainz Castle which frames the tower on all sides. It once served as the seat of the archbishop’s office men and is now home to the Tauberfrankisches Ladnschaftmuseum. You can visit the museum to check out the grand rooms and Renaissance era exhibits that show furniture and clothing and provides an overall outlook of everyday life during the era.
Explore the Churches
There are several medieval churches located throughout the city. They are great for reflecting on the religious aspect of the holiday. Some may be hosting seasonal events and midnight mass.
St. Nikolaus is a church worth checking out as it’s known for its magnificent frescos. The Parish Church Wolfgang Chapel was established in 1472 and is one of the many time weathered churches in the area featuring stunning Gothic and Baroque architecture.
It may be fun just to walk around the city itself. It looks especially delightful when lit up for the holidays. If you are looking for a change from the city views, there are also plenty of nature sites.
Think of mountain biking, cycling or hiking on any one of Tauber’s nature trails including the Romantic Road itself. Stone Age burial mounds have been found around town so you never know what you may end up running into.
Sit Down for a Terrific German Beer
Germany is known for its beer and there are plenty of cafes in Tauber where you can sit down to enjoy the very best. TauBar Burger & More, Der Turmwachter and Klub Karo are just a few worth mentioning.
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A bed and breakfast will be the best way to enjoy your stay in Tauber. There are plenty of quaint facilities that offer lodgings near the town center. Hotel Adlerhof, Badisher Hof and Hotel Am Brenner are some to choose from.
Tauberbischofsheim is a charming town with an old school feel that makes it perfect for celebrating the holidays. It has a great scenic vibe and a terrific aesthetic that just screams Christmas. Which of these activities will you be partaking in during your stay?