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Spoiler ahead: yes, all this is too good to be true. Half of the walled city was destroyed by American bombers on March 31, 1945, and another third of it was demolished by the Germans themselves in the following years. Besides, if by medieval we mean before 1500, then there is very, very little of Rothenberg that qualifies.

An American scholar, Joshua Hagen, estimates that more than three-quarters of "old Rothenburg" was built after World War II. His writings on the subject include: (1) "The Most German of Towns: Creating an Ideal Nazi Community in Rothenburg ob der Tauber" in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 2004; (2) "Rebuilding the Middle Ages after the Second World War: the Cultural Politics of Reconstruction in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany," Journal of Historical Geography 2005; and (3) Preservation, Tourism and Nationalism: The Jewel of the German Past, 2006.

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