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Spitaltor (Spital Gate)

The inscription on the latest and strongest of all the bulwarks of the town’s fortifications “Pax intrantibus, salus exeuntibus” translates as "Peace to those who enter in, good health to those who leave again”. Built in the form of a figure eight at the end of the 16th century, these impressive fortifications were the work of Leonhard Weidmann. Seven gates, a portcullis, a drawbridge and a parapet that could be used by cannon protected Rothenburg from attack from the South.


We recommend that you should not only explore this witness to the strength of Rothenburg’s defenses from the outside, but also from the inside by walking the defensive walls. Families with children will be interested to know that there is an adventure playground in the dry moat next to the walls.



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