We’re in vacation mode around here because my mom is visiting for two weeks. It’s a wonderful thing having family visit, obviously, but it’s also a bit stressful. I feel like I want to show my mom all the great things about living in Germany (travel, sight see, etc) but I also really want to just enjoy having her here. And I’m not going to lie, I want her help around the house to finish decorating and entertain the kids and, you know, be my mom. But, this weekend travel was the name of the game and we hit the road. First stop? Rothenburg, Germany.

Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg is a medieval walled city that is a wonderful, if touristy, city. This was my second trip to Rothenburg and I liked it as much as I remembered. It’s not the most kid-friendly destination as one of the main attractions is shopping, but our little crew had a great time. We will definitely go back during our tour here in Germany.

Family-Friendly Destination Details

  • Hotel: Hotel Kloster-Stueble. Easily one of my favorite hotels ever in Europe. The hotel was in the perfect location and totally quaint with only 22 rooms. We were in a great suite for a family with a separate bedroom, 5 beds and a modern, updated bathroom. The included breakfast was served in the adorable breakfast room and it featured the most delicious pastries.
  • Favorite Meals: Eiscafe Roma served very affordable and scrumptious Italian food – always a hit with our kids. In addition to being a great hotel, Hotel Kloster-Stueble has a good restaurant. We enjoyed some traditional German fare. My picky son ate the spaetzle which we told him was German “mac and cheese.” My daughter, on the other hand, scarfed an entire schnitzel.
  • Must Do Activities: Walk the Wall!  Rothenburg is, literally, a walled city creating a 1.5 mile walk around the outside of the town. Parts of the wall are like a covered bridge and other parts are like a tall fortress, moat and all. The walk offers amazing views of Rothenburg and the surrounding areas. There are also a couple playgrounds just outside the city that are perfect for kids to burn off some energy. Rothenburg is best-known for its amazing Christmas market but you can get the festive holiday feel year-round in the large Kathe Wolfahrt store.

(View from our hotel room.)

Baby & Kid Gear We Used

Through Our Lens

Photos taken with my not-so-new any more camera and Instagram on iPhone – follow me!




Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    Your adventures and your pictures are beyond amazing. I am SO jealous!

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      Thanks, Karen! We are really trying to make the most of our time here.

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    Brutus Duffy

    Great pictures! I was in Rothenburg many years ago. your post/pics brought back lovely memories-thanks!

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      We loved Rothenburg and can’t wait to go back. Maybe for the famous Christmas market?

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    Great photos! I love looking at the photos of buildings from other countries. Have a great time with your mom!

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