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Details on the BusVignette

 

Definition

All companies who enter the Old Town of Rothenburg to drop off or pick-up overnight guests and their luggage are eligible.

 

BusVignette regulations

 

  • Compulsory pilotage
    At certain times and on certain routes buses must take a hotel-appointed pilot on-board. The following regulations apply for this:

    • Compulsory pilotage only applies for arrival and departure at the following hotels:

      • Hotel Eisenhut
      • Hotel Roter Hahn
      • Hotel Altes Brauhaus
      • Hotel Goldener Hirsch
      • Tilman Riemenschneider direct approach only
      • Hotel Reichsküchenmeisterdirect approach only

    • No compulsory pilotage is necessary for arrival and departure at other hotels.
    • No compulsory pilot is needed from 7 January to 20 March
    • A compulsory pilot is only needed for the rest of the time between 11:00 and 18:00.
    • During compulsory pilotage, buses may only drive into the Old Town with a hotel-appointed pilot wearing high-visibility clothing labelled "Lotse".
    • Collection point for the pilots is at the »oversize car park P3 "Schweinsdorfer Straße".
    • The hotel must be informed at least 15 minutes before the bus arrives at car park P3, so that they can provide a pilot in good time.

 

  • Old Town Closures
    The BusVignette does not apply on days when the Old Town is closed off. These are defined as follows:

    20162017
    Spring Awakening23/24 April*29/30 April*
    Whitsun15/16 Mai4/5 June
    Imperial City Days3/4 September2/3 September


    * Dates are still under reservation and subject to change. Please check for updates in good time.
     
    Other closures
    Other short-term closures are rare but possible. Check for an update on the current situation before setting off. The following closures are currently in place:

    --- none ---

 

  • Christmas Market
    25 Nov – 23 Dez 2016 / 1 – 23 Dez 2017 (2017 is still under reservation and subject to change)
     
    The following closures apply during the Christmas Market:

    • Marktplatz Monday to Thursday between 11:00 – 18:00
      (only applies for access to Hotels Roter Hahn, Tilman Riemenschneider directly, Reichsküchenmeister directly)
    • Marktplatz, Obere and Untere Schmiedgasse Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11:00 – 19:00 (only applies to access to Hotels Eisenhut, Roter Hahn, Tilman Riemenschneider directly, Reichsküchenmeister directly)

 

  • Height restrictions
    Height restrictions only apply for arrival and departure at the following hotels:
     

    Tilman Riemenschneider – direct approach3.05 m
    Reichsküchenmeister – direct approach3.05 m
    Roter Hahn3.05 m
    Eisenhut3.90 m
    Altes Brauhaus3.90 m
    Goldener Hirsch3.90 m
    Prinzhotel3.90 m
    Reichsküchenmeister – via Schrannenplatz3.90 m
    Tilman Riemenschneider – via Schrannenplatz3.90 m
    Schranne3.70 m


    Buses with a vehicle height of 3.70 m to 3.90 m may only drive through the Galgentor at walking pace and must keep within the white broken lines.

 
  • Only overnight guests with luggage may be taken to the hotel on arrival and picked up from the hotel on departure.
  • The bus may only drive to the respective hotel using the prescribed route. 
  • The BusVignette is issued per bus company. This allows several buses from the same bus company to drive into the town on the same day.
  • The bus driver must always carry the BusVignette with him either in paper or digital form.
  • Turning and reversing the bus must be assisted by the hotel's appointed guide wearing high-visibility clothing.
 
Download application form
 

Application documents

The application form only requires name, address and contact details.

 

To make it easier for you ...

To make it as easy as possible for bus drivers, we have put together a list of what needs to be observed for each hotel. Here you can download the information as a pdf document.

Hotel Eisenhut
Tilman Riemenschneider
Hotel Reichsküchenmeister
Hotel Roter Hahn
Hotel Altes Brauhaus
Prinzhotel
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
Hotel Schranne