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The aptly named Romantic Road, or Romantische Strasse, is one of Germany's most popular tourist routes. The road stretches for 290km (180 miles) between Würzburg (Würzburg vacation rentals | Würzburg travel guide) in the north and Füssen (Füssen vacation rentals | Füssen travel guide) in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. On the way is a series of medieval villages and 2,000-year-old towns. Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) and Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) are convenient gateways for exploring the road by car, coach, or rail.
Another way to tour the route is by bicycle. Cyclists can begin at Würzburg and follow the bike path along the Main River. Tourist offices along the road provide cycling maps and other helpful information. Campgrounds are generally 10 to 20km (6-12 miles) apart. Bikes can be rented at any train station along Germany's Romantic Road for 5€ to 10€ ($8-$16) per day with a valid train ticket.
Germany's Romantic Road is more than just a scenic route -- it's also a powerful marketing organization composed of 26 municipalities, each of which would love to welcome you for a visit. The Romantic Road Association will provide information on sights and attractions and mail information packs in English. Contact the Touristik Arbeitsgemeinschaft Romantische Strasse, Segringer Strasse 19, 91550 Dinkelsbühl (Dinkelsbühl vacation rentals | Dinkelsbühl travel guide) (tel. 9851/551387; www.romantischestrasse.de).
Every town on the road has its special charms and attractions -- and its drawbacks. Rothenburg (Rothenburg vacation rentals | Rothenburg travel guide), for example, is a perfect museum town but is overwhelmed with tourists. Dinkelsbühl is less perfect -- it doesn't do as good a job of transporting you into the past -- but at least it has a life of its own, independent of tourists. Nördlingen (Nördlingen vacation rentals | Nördlingen travel guide) is less romantic even than Dinkelsbühl but is more real. Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide) is Bavaria's third-largest city (after Munich and Nürnberg) but still has a rich medieval past. Würzburg, traditionally the first town on the route, is the bustling center of the Franconian wine region and home to one of Germany's greatest palaces.
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