A road trip along the Romantische StraßeNot to be rushed
Germany’s Romantic Road or to give it its correct name Romantische Straße is a magnificent picturesque trail in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.
The enchanting route stretches 285 miles (460km) through chocolate-box towns, the foothills of fairy-tale castles and scenery that will stop you in your tracks.
Gary and I have visited this region of Germany on several occasions, often picking up the Romantic Road and winding our way through the breath-taking countryside. Though, sometimes it’s the lure of a twisting alpine lane that leads you off onto another meandering route.
So, don’t worry if you end up deviating from the official trail, take it in your stride and weave your back later.
Where to start on the Romantischestraße?A road trip through Bavaria
WürzburgBeautiful, even on a grey day
The city of Würzburg is a delightful place to start, take a stroll around the streets of the Old Town to really get a feel of Bavarian history and culture.
Visit the eye-catching Romanesque Würzburg Cathedral and one of the cities, many museums and galleries.
The part of the city that we loved was down by the River Main. Strolling across the Old Bridge, you get a wonderful view of the Marienberg Fortress perched high above the town.
As Würzburg is located in the heart of a wine-producing territory, what better place to stop and enjoy a tipple of the region.
Rothenburg ob der TauberJust picture postcard perfect
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an extremely popular location along the Romantic Road route, and it is so easy to see why.
When you first step within the Medieval city walls that encircle the town, you feel like you have walked onto a movie set. The beautifully preserved half-timbered homes and shopfronts are enchanting and just make you smile.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town you’ll need to spend some time discovering. It’s incredible that such places still exist and can honestly give you a flavour of the Medieval past.
You may even recognise Rothenburg ob der Tauber from some of the scenes in movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When you visit, see if you can spot the Rat Catchers carriage.
Day trip from Munich
DinkelsbühlStep back through time in Germany
Dinkelsbühl is also very fortunate that it still has its all-encompassing city walls and ramparts.
What I particularly loved here was the number of city gates that are preserved. You are still able to drive through some of the tower gates. Each of them is named after the neighbouring town that the road leads onto.
I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Germany road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
NördlingenA walled wonder in Bavaria
AugsburgA warm historic city in Bavaria
Like so many German towns and cities, the heart is often in the Rathausplatz and Augsburg is no exception. Within the large square is the imposing Town Hall; however, you need to head inside to appreciate truly its magnificent Golden Hall.
The main road that runs through Augsburg Old Town is Maximilianstrasse, also known as ‘The Imperial Mile’. I recommend you start at the south end and stroll all the way along; it is full of so many historical buildings, fountains and churches.
Where to stay in Augsburg
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Or alternatively, like us discover more of Germany on a road trip. If your venturing from the UK, jump on Le Shuttle and head east. Although, if you’re unable to bring your own car or you are flying into this lovely country give Rental Cars go.
FüssenThe end of our Bavarian road trip?
We stayed in Füssen for a couple of nights, one day we went out and about and explored the surrounding countryside.
The other day, yes you guessed it, we visited the stunning fairy-tale castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.
Where to stay in Füssen
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