In Germany, castles come in many shapes and sizes. Built in 1388 partly as a residence and partly as a fortress, this was the home of Rothenburg’s legendary mayor, Heinrich Toppler. Fully intact, the building is furnished with items from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Located in the Tauber Valley and accessed via the Double Bridge or Barbarossa Bridge, just about 30 minutes’ walk from the Castle Gardens.
The Toppler Castle is probably the oldest surviving weekend house. It resembles a medieval tower, and is located below Rothenburg in moist meadow land at the Fox Mill.
The building is surrounded by a garden, which could be flooded to protect the residents when needed. Since 1861, the Toppler Castle has been owned by the Boaz family that at times let it as a holiday home.