Travel Germany’s romantic road
Germany’s biggest cities draw travellers from around the world who come to soak in the art, history and culture the area is famous for. Outside the cities though, there’s plenty of other interesting sites to capture your attention if you’re looking for a more in-depth tour of Germany.
Originally built as a trade road, Germany’s Romantic Road connects Frankfurt with Munich via some of the most picturesque towns in the country. The route still retains much of its medieval character and today is known primarily as a scenic route for travellers around the world who come to explore the rural countryside.
Take in the best of the attractions along the Romantic Road with our guide to seeing it all on your next holiday…
Romantic Road – 10 Day Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Begin your adventure in Frankfurt and spend two days getting to know the city. It’s an ambitious blend of old and new: Frankfurt is Germany’s capital of finance and business, and sleek modern skyscrapers pepper the skyline.
But for all that development, it still retains its old charms. There are open green spaces, museums, galleries, and world-class shopping and dining options. The Romantic Road is packed with sights, so be sure to spend some time relaxing, too. Our Park Inn by Radisson Frankfurt Airport Hotel offers comfortable accommodation close to the airport so you can relax as soon as you land, and also benefits from nearby car rental outlets so you can hit the open road without fuss.
Day 3: Begin your journey on the Romantic Road in Würzburg, just an hour outside Frankfurt, and continue your drive into the Tauber valley. Make a stop at the town of Tauberbischofsheim before ending the day in Bad Mergentheim. The area is known for its four famous springs, and has a huge range of modern spa complexes and clinics – the perfect place to relax and spend the night. Finally, pay a visit to the headquarters of the Teutonic Order – the medieval German military order – as you explore your surroundings.
Day 4: Keep the pace slow today and drive through the vineyards of the Tauber valley – like the Reicholzheimer Satzenberg – before you arrive at the walled town of Rothenburg. Leave yourself some time in the afternoon to explore the sights of the town – if you have the energy, there are several guided city tours that run in the evening and will take you past the most historic sights on foot.
Day 5: Day 5 marks the half way point of your journey along the Romantic Road, but there’s still much to see. After a short drive spend the morning in Dinkelsbühl, before moving onto Nördlingen overnight. Both towns have many points of interest and the area surrounding boasts some beautiful scenery, so be sure to bring your camera.
Day 6: Today head south and make your way past the picturesque Harburg Castle – they offer tours of the inside so this is a great pit stop along the way. Or, if you’d rather, spend a few hours exploring the centre of Donauwörth, a town founded by two fishermen that’s rich in history. Once you’ve had enough, finish your drive in Augsburg.
Day 7: Take a rest day in Augsburg and explore the famous Free Imperial City in southwest Bavaria. Explore the city’s top attractions like Mozart House, the Botanic Garden and the Roman Museum. There’s more than enough to keep you busy here, and thanks to its status as a small but busy city, you can find lots of shopping and dinning options as well.
Day 8: Continue your journey south through the rolling hills and villages of the Alpine foothills. Be sure to make a stop Landsberg am Lech and the Wieskirche – two of the most beautiful points on this leg of the Romantic Road. Spend the night in either the small towns of Schwangau or Füssen – each offering stunning natural scenery.
Day 9: Spend your last day on the Romantic Road with two of the most impressive sights on the whole route – Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle. You can tour the inside of Neuschwanstein and explore the stunning area with a number of easy hikes and walks that showcase the best of the natural scenery. Plan to spend most of your day here – there’s lots to do – before you retire back to the town of Füssen for a much needed night’s rest.
Day 10: Make the two hour journey into Munich and then park the car for the night – Bavaria is famous for its beers, and there’s no better place to sample them than in the many famous beer haus. After some authentic Bavarian sausage washed down with a fresh Maß – or mas – of beer, take a walking tour of the city and learn more about it’s historic significance and why it played a particularly significant role in the Second World War.
Where will you stop along Germany’s Romantic Road?