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St James' Church

The mighty towers of St. James' Church can be seen from afar.
The mighty towers of St. James' Church can be seen from afar.

The narrow lancet windows and tall spires of the Church of St. James' seem to reach towards the heavens. The most important church in Rothenburg still dominates the town’s skyline to this day.


The people of the town have donated valuable art treasures and an impressive array of art works since the building was completed in 1485. These artifacts telling witness to the great importance of this place of worship for both the townspeople and pilgrims, past and present: people from all over the world still make their way here to the Church of St James' as an act of pilgrimage. Maybe you have already discovered the beautiful pilgrims’ shells on display in front of the church?


Make sure not to miss the church’s greatest treasure: the Altar of the Holy Blood was produced in Rothenburg between 1499 and 1505 and the representation of the Last Supper is regarded as one of the finest examples of the work of famous woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider. He also created the St. Francis Altar in the north transept of the Franciscan Church.


View of the nave of St James' Church.
View of the nave of St James' Church.

You should also make sure to see the Twelve Apostles Altar (Main Altar) by Friedrich Herlin which includes the oldest representation of the town of Rothenburg, and the stained glass in the East Choir. The colors are particularly bright in the morning light, unfaded by 700 years of history.


As an alternative to the classic guided tour, you can also explore the St James' Church with an audio guide. Wander among the church’s imposing gothic arches or let yourself be transported by the opulent sound of the Rieger organ as part of a church concert.


Opening times

January to March, November: 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

April to October: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December: 10 a.m. – 4.45 p.m.

(Subject to change)



Kirchengemeinde St. Jakob

Klostergasse 15

91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber


Phone +49 9861 700620



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