Embark on an Unforgettable Journey along the Romantic Road

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The Romantic Road by Dinkelsbühl
The Romantic Road by Dinkelsbühl

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The Romantic Road, a hiking trail, which runs along the Southern provinces of Bavaria and Baden—Württemberg, certainly lives up to its name. This scenic route is approximately 240 miles long and leads from Würzburg (Würzburg vacation rentals | Würzburg travel guide) to Füssen (Füssen vacation rentals | Füssen travel guide) in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. On your journey you pass such great historic towns as Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Rothenburg ob der Tauber vacation rentals | Rothenburg ob der Tauber travel guide), Dinkelsbühl (Dinkelsbühl vacation rentals | Dinkelsbühl travel guide) and Nördlingen (Nördlingen vacation rentals | Nördlingen travel guide) and then finish off with King Ludwig’s world—famous fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein.

The Romantic Road is one of the oldest scenic routes in Germany and was inaugurated in 1950, shortly after the creation of the Federal Republic of Germany and the end of the military-administered occupation. American soldiers, who were stationed in Bavaria and Baden—Württemberg after the end of the Second World War, actually had a big part in it. Because the soldiers were so amazed with the beauty of this region, many of them started to bring over their families for vacations. This again gave the German tourist board the idea to launch a formal scenic route, to hopefully increase the stream of American tourists. The rest, as you say, is history. Until today the Romantic Road is the most popular hiking trail in Germany and every year attracts visitors from all around the world.

It doesn’t matter if you choose to hike, cycle or drive along the Romantic Road or join one of the many bus tours, that take you from place to place, your journey through this magnificent part of Southern Germany will certainly be unforgettable. You will come along many medieval walled towns, great timber—framed architecture, ancient knight’s castles and vineyards. Your path will lead you along winding roads through green valleys, dark forests and meadows filled flowers in all colors of the rainbow, until you finally reach Füssen and can visit Neuschwanstein Castle. This giant white castle is the embodiment of 19th century Romanticism, a fantastical imagination of a medieval castle, and is clearly the grand finale of everybody’s trip along the Romantic Road.

Setting out on a journey along the Romantic Road is a great experience regardless of the season. However, you should know that it is also known as Germany’s festival road in the time period between May and September. During the spring and summer all the towns and villages along the route celebrate many historical festivals, which guarantee its visitors great entertainment, live brass music, delicious food and tangy beer.

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Kathrin Wagner

This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.

She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.

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