Typical street scene in the walled section of Rothenburg.
Rothenburg is not only popular with goth musicians of course. Ren faire bands naturally love the place, and Blackmoore's Night used pictures of it as a cover for two of their albums. (Under a Violet Moon, Winter Carols.)
The town has not only inspired musicians though but has served as the model for both German and Italian towns... At least so says Wikipedia trivia. The sacharine sweet anime "A Little Snow Fairy Sugar" and Disney's "Pinnochio" both used the town as the inspiration for the cities. Part of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was filmed here too.
If I heard Miyazaki used it as a reference in some of his movies, I wouldn't be surprised.