Spital Bastion, Rothenburg

A major medieval landmark in Rothenburg, Spital Bastion once represented a key part of the city's network of defensive fortifications. Constructed in the 1580s, the bastion stands on the site of a much earlier structure, which served a similar defensive purpose during the 13th century. The well-preserved fortification features an unusual design resembling a figure eight, with two courtyards and an adjacent moat. Explore the various gates and walkways, and look for the inscription over the main gate, which translates to, "Peace to those who enter, farewell to those who leave." By using our Rothenburg trip itinerary app , you can arrange your visit to Spital Bastion and other attractions in Rothenburg.
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  • Spital part of the town has been built at late middle ages. Due to strategic tip location they had to build entire fortress instead of small tower and gate. There is also very nice small (romantic) pe...  more »
  • I found it when I was walking in the sightseeing of Rottenburg. It is like a tower that is a little high, and the lower one is the arch and can be passed. It was cloudy on that day, but it was nice to have a good fit for a traditional Germany town.
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  • Included this in our walking tour circuit with parts of route within the walls.
  • This was a main defense point of this entry to the city. There is a gun magazine and portals looking out across the surrounding land. The city walls defended the citizens. As dusk fell the gates were closed and if you were not in the protection of the city you would be left in grave danger.
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