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Markusturm and Buttelhaus

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Address: Rodergasse, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany

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Gateway To The Middle Ages

We happened to be staying at the Romantic Hotel Markusturm which abuts the tower and old wall. As a result whenever we wanted to go into the old town we passed through it... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2016

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Reviewed 16 December 2016

We happened to be staying at the Romantic Hotel Markusturm which abuts the tower and old wall. As a result whenever we wanted to go into the old town we passed through it, probably 15-20 times in the 2 days we stayed in Rothenburg. It is actually part of the original walls of the town but as Rothenburg grew, the... More 

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Reviewed 12 December 2016

As the town expanded, they moved the walls out, but this gate from the old wall remains and is partnered with the lovely building just outside it. It is very striking to see this tower popping out from inside the city instead of at the wall, but it gives you an idea about the city's growth and how they adapted... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Perhaps the view that epitomises Rotherburg old town the best. The houses just outside the old gate of Marksturn are amongst the best in town, and the view through the gate goes all the way to the town square. Check out the stork's nest at the top of the tower.

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

Walking through the streets and looking at the sites is a great way to spend the afternoon and get a good feeling of the local culture.

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Orange Park, Florida
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Seems like this was the first wall of the city and in 1844 it served as a prison. There's a beautiful clock on the tower with S steeple. There are plenty of restaurants and stores around this area.

Thank ukienomad
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

These two adjoining structures are part of the city's oldest fortified wall, dating to around 1200. Virtually every visitor to Rothenburg will walk through the arch and snap a photo of it, often without knowing what it is. Take a few moments to view the beautiful woodwork on the gate, the crests, and the nearby Jewish monuments.

Thank Travis A
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

Built around the 12th century when the first city wall was erected, the Markus Tower and Roder Arch were probably the oldest remants of this Bavarian Town. Behind the tower is the Buttelhaus, a former prison and now the city's archive. This is quite close to the townhall.

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Reviewed 20 September 2015

The Buttelhaus is the large stone tower on the right side, behind Marksturm (Mark's Tower). Inside that structure today, the town stores its archival documents (must take up a lot of space, given the town's long history). Up until the 18th century, it had been a prison. The Marksturm is a delightful covered gate entry (with a clock right under... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

The tower is one of the oldest structures in Rothemburg. You can miss its location because it`s quite central. It was oart of the first city limit when this city was important because it was located in a central passage for the merchants.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

Mark's Tower, with its distinctive hipped roof, is amongst Rothenburgs oldest wall ring from 12. Century. It was part of the first town fortress. The tower is 22 metres high and its wall thickness up to two metres is very powerful. Next to the White Tower, you will find the medieval Jewish Dance Hall. The small adjacent garden has ancient... More 

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