The Romantic Road: Fall in love with beautiful Bavaria
The love affair between nature and culture brings joy to the heart of travellers. This is the case with the Romantic Road, which runs for 400 km between Würzburg and Füssen. It certainly lives up to its name: it is not only the oldest and best known holiday route in Germany. On the Romantic Road, visitors regularly find themselves in some of the loveliest and most historically significant places in the country.
The Romantic Road has plenty to see, whether you cover it in a couple of days or linger for several weeks. You can explore the Romantic Road in your car, by bus, on your bicycle or even on foot.
Starting point Würzburg
Begin your journey along the Romantic Road with a visit to Würzburg. Here you can marvel at the Würzburg Residenz, one of the most significant buildings in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You then pass through the idyllic Taubertal valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the highlights of the Romantic Road. Original and intact, this small town with its half-timbered houses and stunning medieval gates sits in an undeveloped river landscape. Another small town, Dinkelsbühl, also offers an almost totally preserved medieval old town. You should definitely plan to make a stop here.
A meteorite crater on the Romantic Road
Past Markt Wallerstein with its baronial palace, the road continues towards Nördlingen. It is no coincidence that this small town is round: it was built in an old meteorite crater. Go right round the town on foot on the only completely intact city wall in Germany.
Stopping for breaks in Harburg and Donauwörth, you finally reach Augsburg. You should aim to spend a full day here as there is a lot to see in what is one of the oldest cities in Germany: for example, the Fuggerei, the Rathaus, the Schäzlerpalais, the Mariendom cathedral and the Perlachturm tower.
Quaint alleys and fairy-tale castles
Picturesque locations are dotted along the way like a string of pearls. Friedberg in Wittelsbacher Land, Landsberg am Lech, Schongau, Peiting and Steingaden with their peaceful little streets offer great opportunities to sit back and relax over some regional delicacies. Then it’s on to the next highlight: The fairy-tale castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, dreams of the Bavarian kings set in stone, elicit sighs of wonder from visitors of every nationality.
Füssen marks the end of the Romantic Road and provides a fitting close to the tour with a host of outstanding sights. Wander through the old town past the Hohes Schloss and the Benedictine monastery of St. Mang, for example, or follow the River Lech a little further through its wild ravine.
Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the Romantic Road even beyond the main highlights. Meander through ancient cultural landscapes, mysterious forests and the wild river valleys of the Tauber, Sulzach, Wörnitz and Lech – places of pure romance for nature lovers.