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Hotel Reichsküchenmeister

Hotel Reichsküchenmeister

Rothenburg, Germany

Traditional and hospitable, the Hotel Reichsküchenmeister is one of the oldest hotels in Bavaria. As you step inside the main building you might sense an atmosphere of time standing still, as the hotel has remained largely unchanged for 800 years. The half-timbered and pastel painted exterior complementing the historic surroundings.

Reichsküchenmeister effectively translates as “Master Chefs of the Empire”, the name not referring to the hotel’s culinary pursuits, but rather with its history of maintaining law and order in the town of Rothenburg. Unsurprisingly for somewhere so old, the building has hosted many notable figures throughout history, such as Emperor Ferdinand I, and Roman Emperor Charles V in the 16th century.

Despite the age of the building, you will not compromise on comfort during a stay here. There are several dining options, picturesque places to enjoy a drink, and an on-site spa which complimentary for hotel guests.


This hotel is a great example of Bavarian hospitality and a family run hotel. The location is perfect for exploring the city and the biergarten is a delightful spot enjoy a drink with fellow guests and locals.


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The hotel’s 49 rooms are divided between the original house and another building located opposite, which was formerly the Viktoria Cinema. The original house has traditional rooms, including two suites, which are well-appointed but rustic in style. The contemporary-style rooms are housed in the other building, these are decorated stylishly in various, muted hues. All rooms come with the modern amenities one would expect, such as a private bathroom, TV, safe and Wi-Fi.


Situated in the middle of the medieval city with views of the imposing St Jacob’s Church, the hotel is well located for exploring the surrounding winding streets. The Rothenburg ob der Tauber Train Station is 1 km (0.6 miles) away and on-site parking is available, making this a good base for any of Rothenburg’s excursions, or for exploring the many shops dotted along the city’s cobblestones.

Food and drink

Hotel Reichsküchenmeister has several dining options including the main restaurant where guests come for the rich breakfast buffet each morning. During lunch and dinner, guests choose from the à la carte menu, which features a selection of Franconian Specialities, all freshly prepared by the kitchen team. Just off the main restaurant is the cosier Lupoldstube, an alcove with a few dining tables, wooden walls, original tile stove and medieval atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy drinks in the Wine Tavern Lochle, famous for local Franconian wines and open late into the evening, the Lochle is often frequented by locals fostering a spirit of "Gemütlichkeit”. There is a biergarten on the terrace during the warmer months, which is transformed into a Christmas Garden in the winter.


There is an on-site spa, complimentary for guests to use, featuring a Finnish sauna, steam bath, ice fountain, tropical shower and relaxation room. Should you wish to have a massage or a beauty treatment, the staff will gladly assist in arranging this in the nearby Aktiv & Vitalzentrum, a spa which is a two-minute walk away from the hotel.

Facilities and activities

  • Restaurants
  • 49 rooms
  • Internet access in room or Wi-Fi
  • Spa with Finnish sauna and steam bath

Tour ideas in Rothenburg

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

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      The Romantic Road

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