The Romantic Road

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Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Neuschwanstein

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Germany’s Romantic Road begins amongst the vineyards of Würzburg (Würzburg vacation rentals | Würzburg travel guide) and travels south through Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide), ending 350 kilometers later in the foothills of the Alps. This charming journey, aptly called ‘The Romantic Road’ offers views of small villages, historical cities, and breathtaking castles.

The Romantic Road is a wonderful way to get to know Germany, and the region of Bavaria. Back in the 1950’s the Romantic Road became a popular tourist destination and remains so to this day. The road, or rather series of roads takes you through Franconia, part of Baden-Württemberg, and south to Augsburg, and finally to Fussen, the small town with a big reputation due to it being home to Neuschwanstein, Germany’s most famous castle. Along the way you’ll encounter charming villages, historic cities, and the medieval walled towns of Rothenburg (Rothenburg vacation rentals | Rothenburg travel guide) ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl (Dinkelsbühl vacation rentals | Dinkelsbühl travel guide), and Nördlingen (Nördlingen vacation rentals | Nördlingen travel guide).

The spring and summer is a lovely time to make the journey, the beer gardens filled with merry visitors and locals alike. The good weather also brings various festivals and concerts along the Romantic Road, offering a special glimpse into the local culture. One can travel the Romantic Road year-round, and perhaps the most magical time to visit is at the holidays. The Christmas markets are some of the best in Germany and add a special romance to this already romantic journey.

How to travel the Romantic Road: A great way to travel the Romantic Road is by private car, following the 350 kilometer-long road, or using it as a jumping off point to other sights and towns in the area. Trains and buses serve most of the route’s major stops, but make sure you check the schedules to avoid unnecessary waiting times. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you can ride a bike or hike the entire way. A special cycling route will take you away from the road traffic. Another way to experience the Romantic Road is to book a package tour.

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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla

This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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