Visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber last October was like time travel, but the guesthouse that Doug and I stayed in had all the modern conveniences. Gasthof Butz was set in a wonderful central location just one alley away from the Marktplatz, or
Gasthof Butz is situated in a small square (Kapellenplatz) off of the
We walked to the guesthouse from the train station (with our bags) in less than 10 minutes. The walk was all cobblestones, but generally a pretty flat trek.
The room was very comfortable, had plentiful outlets, nice bathroom, beautiful view out the window, and TV. It also had a separate twin bed, from which the above photo was taken. That alone was a huge plus, because it gave me ample room to unpack and repack my suitcase (always good to do that mid-trip).
The bed was, in the common European way, made up of two single mattresses pushed together with a comforter for each guest. At this point in the trip I was accustomed to it, and when I got home I almost missed this way of making the bed: no fighting over the covers!
There are other hotels in Rothenburg ob der Tauber with more amenities, but ours was a standard guesthouse above a restaurant, and breakfast was included in the modest room rate. Specialty coffee (such as a latte) in the morning was extra, which I found out due to a language breakdown in ordering.
The restaurant at Gasthof Butz was outstanding. The afternoon we arrived, we made a reservation for dinner on the patio in front of the guesthouse. Walled in by greenery on two sides, it was a pleasant corner only improved by excellent food. The menu featured Franconian specialties in addition to Bavarian standards. The waiter was helpful in suggesting regional Franconian wine pairings to go with the meal. In this part of Europe, always remember to make a reservation.
As it turns out, Gasthof Butz is one of the best restaurants in town and as the evening stretched on, all the tables outside and inside the large dining hall on the ground floor were filled with tourists and locals alike. Additionally, they have a Biergarten in the rear, accented with vines. Such a picturesque location for an evening drink or midday coffee!
Photos by Doug and Staci Jackson for The Voyageer.