Galgentor (Gallows Gate)

City Gate, City Walls and Tower in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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The Galgentor, located in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, is one of the town’s historic gates that formed part of its medieval fortifications. Translated as the “Gallows Gate,” it derived its name from its proximity to the gallows that once stood nearby. The gate is an important architectural and historical landmark in Rothenburg.

Built in the 14th century, the Galgentor served as a main entrance into the town and played a vital role in the defense and control of access. It is a striking example of medieval gate construction, featuring sturdy stone walls and a tall, pointed archway. The gate also incorporates defensive elements such as slits for archers and battlements.

Over the centuries, the Galgentor has witnessed the town’s history and stood as a symbol of its fortification system. Today, it serves as a reminder of Rothenburg’s medieval past and offers visitors a glimpse into the town’s architectural heritage. It is a popular spot for tourists to explore and admire the historical significance of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Visiting Galgentor (Gallows Gate)

Address: Vorm Würzburger Tor 6, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Duration: 20 minutes

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