The Romantic Road Of Germany

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Romantische Strasse - Romantic Road

Known as the most popular touristic road in Germany the romantic road meanders 410 km from the river Main to the Alps. The name ‘Romantic Road’ or ‘Romantische Strasse’ is deduced from the beautiful sights of medieval towns and the most famous fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein which most probably every travel keen person has seen in a travel brochure of Germany at least once. 

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Burg Hohen Schwangau (Photo Credit: Polybert49 / Flickr; license: cc)

 

On our travels from the Netherlands to our next house sit in Austria we decided to take the opportunity to visit some of the hot spots of the romantic road of Germany. Within a week it’s not possible to visit all of the towns but you can enjoy some of the most outstanding beautiful medieval remnants.

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As a traveller of the romantic road you get carried back into the past of a wealth of history, art and culture of the Occident. From north to south the landscape changes from forested river valleys, fertile farmland, mixed woodland, pastures and the mountains at the end of the scenic road.

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Cycling The Romantic Road (Photo Credit: Pedal Power Touring)

As a self driver you simply follow the well marked road with brown signs of Romantische Strasse which connect all the old towns. If you want to master the romantic road by bicycle you follow the green signs which mark the bicycle path from Würzburg to Füssen  along 440 kilometers. Blue signs mark a long distance hiking route along a breathtaking 500 kilometers trail (which I mean also literally and not only because of the scenery!).

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There are good guide books, folders and maps which describe every single town of the Romantische Strasse. I’m only picking a few towns randomly to give you a taste of the journey.

Würzburg

This university and congress town at the River Main lies between vineyards while the dominating vesting Marienberg guards it with a watchful eye. It hosts the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Residence palace.

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Marienberg, Würzburg (Photo Credit: Björn S. / Flickr; license: cc)

Tauberbischofsheim

The capital of the district Main-Tauber Tauberbischofsheim is one of the oldest towns of the lovely valley of the Tauber. The Termerstoren is the symbol of the town which impresses with its many timber-framed buildings. The 19th century Town Hall in the central square is next to many other characteristically impressive buildings.

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Tauberbischofsheim (Photo Credit: eddiemcfish / Flickr; license: cc)

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

Rothenburg is one of the only walled medieval towns left in Germany along with its  neighbours Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen to the south. As we walked along the beautifully maintained medieval buildings, walls and alleys it became clear to us, why this town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bavaria. Not to miss is the Christmas shop whicprovides a elusive experience of queer architecture within the old town buildings and of course, a most quaint Christmas experience even in mid summer!

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Rothenburg O. D. T. (Photo Credit: Mathias Liebing / Flickr; license: cc)

Füssen

At the end (or beginning) of the romantic road just where the alps start you find one of the most stunning landscapes of Bavaria. At the bottom of the fairy tale Castle Neuschwanstein lies the medieval town of Füssen at 800 till 1200 meters altitude and is herewith the highest town of Bavaria.

Beside the most popular castles in southern Germany – Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle in its vicinity the town itself has a wealth to offer for historically interested travellers, too.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein (Photo Credit: Paula Funnell / Flickr; license: cc)

Conclusions of our romantic explorations

  1. Take your time as you travel the ‘ Romantische Strasse ‘
  2. Enjoy the details rather than ticking the check boxes of your ‘ Must Sees ‘ !
  3. Prebook entrance tickets to popular sights like Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau in advance
  4. Visit as early or as late as possible for better pictures and to avoid the tourist crowds as the romantic route is very popular among Tour Groups from the Far East, too!
  5. If you are traveling on a budget choose neighbouring towns for accommodation,  Couch Surfing which is quite trendy in Germany or camping of course.

Useful Links Covering The Romantic Route – Die Romantische Strasse – in English

Romantic Road Germany

Bavaria / Romantic Road

Lonely Planet / Romantic Road

Germany Simply Inspiring

Camping / Romantic Road

 

Header Image Schloss Neuschwanstein (Photo Credit: Aurélien Coillet / Flickr; license: cc)

 

The Romantic Road In Germany

 

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Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I’m searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I’m travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

37 thoughts on “The Romantic Road Of Germany”

  1. As I was reading this post I thought I had never heard of the Romantic Road then I got to your description of Rothenburg on the Tauber. David and I stayed at Rothenburg on one of the very first holidays we took together. It was a magical place.

  2. I have heard about this route before but wasn’t aware of the many things to see in its entire length. To me, this would be an ultimate road trip!

  3. My husband went to Germany several years ago for business but I wasn’t able to tag along so I’ve never been. I hope to go someday soon – and hopefully we can take it slow!

  4. While I’m familiar with a few of the stops along the way, I’d never heard of the Romantische Strasse before. I like how they especially signpost it. Rothenburg is definitely one town I’d love to visit, big fan of walled cities. Maybe I can visit some of these later in the year, thanks!

  5. Looks like a great place to visit Marcelle. I have made a few road trips through Germany but never ventured here. Will have to try one day…

  6. Great post and I’ve just spent about 20 minutes looking up “Cycling the Romantic Road” on Google! Sounds like an awesome trip and you have planted some cool ideas in my head!

    1. I guess you are much fitter than I am 😉 I’m sure it must be a stunning way to travel – a totally different experience then by bus or car.

  7. I’ve been to many of these, but not Tauberbischofsheim. What a lovely picture from there!

  8. I would so love this road trip. I would love all the castles. We definitely need to up the holiday time here in the states, most people are lucky if they get 2-3 weeks!

    1. It’s so important to spend at least three weeks at a time on holidays. It’s the only way to be able to wind down properly (as by scientists).

  9. So gorgeous! Great overview of the Romantic Road. I didn’t know (though it’s not surprising) that there’s a marked hiking path also. We probably wouldn’t do the whole 500k (!!) but I can’t think of many better places to hit the trail for a while!

  10. What a lovely post, I can see why it is called “the romantic road” … it really is! Love the photos of the buildings! When I visited Neuschwanstein Castle the bridge was closed so I was unable to get the iconic “distance” photo, I will have to return via the romantic road!

      1. Thanks, Marcelle. That’s the problem with me is I don’t get a ton of vacation time. Perhaps I will do it when I quit my job one day (:

        1. That’s quite true. Although in Switzerland and as far as I know other countries in Europe five weeks of holidays a year is quite common. Maybe you should consider to move 😉

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