Rottweil is the oldest town in Baden-Württemberg, located 95 km (60 mi) from Stuttgart. While history, art, and nature attract visitors year round, it is particularly popular during the traditional carnival period known as Fasnet. Of course, you might also know it as the home of the Rottweiler dog breed.
Rottweil shows signs of settlement dating back to 2000 BC, and around 73 AD that the Romans built a military base in what is now Rottweil’s Old Town area. In the Frankish period, a royal palace was located in Rottweil. It was towards the end of the 12th century that the late medieval core of the town was built, with churches, fountains, town houses and especially the famous towers standing to this day.
An additional tower has been added to the skyline in modern times. Thyssenkrupp’s elevator test tower was constructed in 2014 and now features Germany’s highest publicly accessible observation deck at 232 meters. Guided tours are available for those interested in the technical details.
From 2nd century AD Orpheus mosaic to many museums and art exhibitions, to theaters and music festivals, there’s always something cultural to enjoy in Rottweil. For those looking for recreation or relaxation, there is the saltwater and adventure pool “Aquasol” as well as numerous hiking and biking trails around the city.