Germany Trip Plan:
Würzburg - the gateway to the Romantic Road

Germany trip plan: Würzburg - the gateway to the Romantic Road
View of Würzburg from the Fortress, PD-Crux
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The inviting city of Würzburg has a lot to offer. Fortress Marienberg and the Residence are a must see, and enchanted towns like Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Wertheim with its majestic castle are nearby. Visit the Spa Town Bad Mergentheim and the amazing Elberstadter Stalactite Cave.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

The inviting city of Würzburg has a lot to offer. Fortress Marienberg and the Residence are a must see, and enchanted towns like Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Wertheim with its majestic castle are nearby. Visit the Spa Town Bad Mergentheim and the amazing Elberstadter Stalactite Cave.

Würzburg is the metropolis of sunny Franconia on the Main River, a landscape with vineyards famous throughout the world. To see more of the beautiful surroundings embark on a three-hour boat trip on the Main River to Veitshöchheim. If you like it a bit more romantic, don\'t miss the moonlight cruise. Theaters and cabarets, museums and galleries all make their special contributions to the cultural life of the university city of Würzburg. The many restaurants and wine festivals in summer provide visitors with ample opportunities to enjoy Franconian cooking and the excellent local wines.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $642 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $300 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $250 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1612 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2033 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Market Square with Falkenhaus and Marienkapelle, PD-Christian Horvat
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You have the choice to either fly to Frankfurt or Nuremberg airport, and from there continue your travel by rental car or rail to your vacation apartment in Würzburg. You will love your new surroundings and find plenty of shopping opportunities and convenience stores nearby.


Day 2: Würzburg on the Main River

Day 2: Würzburg on the Main River
Fortress Marienberg and old Main bridge, GNU-Christian Horvat
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As one of the special services to its guests the local Tourist Information at the Falkenhaus on the Market Square, rents out a walk-man with cassette, which gives you lots of information about Würzburg and guides you to all the major highlights of this historically rich city. Of course there are also English language guided group tours if you like to learn more for example about Fortress Marienberg and the Würzburg Residence. Then cross the bridge Alte Mainbrücke, which is lined with many original statues of saints. It was built between the years 1473-1543 and is known as the oldest still existing bridge over the Main River. Stroll around the old town center and enjoy local specialties and a glass of Franconian wine.


Day 3: Wertheim and its Castle

Day 3: Wertheim and its Castle
Castle Wertheim, PD-Elektromann
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Around 19 miles west of Würzburg lies the old residence town Wertheim. It is the most northern town of the State Baden-Württemberg, directly on the border to the Free State of Bavaria. Embedded in idyllic scenery along the River Main and Tauber you will enjoy this romantic town and the magnificent views from the majestic Wertheim Castle. Visit the Glass museum explaining the history of glass from the beginning till today's manufacturing of laboratory glass. The Museum of Wertheim's history and culture Grafschafts Museum also hosts a major picture gallery. Wertheim Castle is the landmark of Wertheim, one of biggest stone-castles in Germany, and one of the oldest castle-ruins in Baden-Württemberg. It lies high above the town between the valleys formed by River Main and Tauber. After discovering the famous ruin and its hidden treasures you might like to take a rest at the castle restaurant and enjoy the best, Franconian cuisine has to offer. The Schlösschen im Hofgarten, a little Rococo palace with important art collections, also houses a cafe and restaurant in very enjoyable surroundings, inviting you for a special leisure time.


Day 4: Bad Mergentheim

Day 4: Bad Mergentheim
The Burgstraße in the city Bad Mergentheim, GNU-Schorle
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Bad Mergentheim is located along the Romantic Road, right in the heart of the Lovely Tauber-Valley. It lives up to its reputation with its well-preserved half-timbered houses and the famous Deutschordenschloss. In this medieval castle the Teutonic Knights once had their home base. It is a complex of buildings built over a period of eight hundred years. The first buildings of the castle were probably erected as early as the 12th century. The castle was expanded in the late 16th century under Grand Master Walter von Cronberg. Over the course of time a representative Renaissance complex was built by connecting the individual buildings in the inner palace courtyard to a closed ring of buildings. In 1574, the spiral staircase between the west and north wing was constructed and is still famous today. Nowadays the castle houses the Deutschordensmuseum, Museum of the Teutonic Order.

Bad Mergentheim's fortunes were reversed in 1826, when a shepherd discovered rich mineral springs in the surrounding area, during the time when spas were expanding in Germany at a rapid pace. The water turned out to be the strongest sodium-sulfate water in all of Europe, especially effective for the treatment of digestive disorders. Visit the huge Spa Gardens with its wonderful Rose Park, the Therapy Park, Herb Garden, the Lapidarium, the Japanese Garden and the Sound Garden. You also have the choice to spend some time in the Solymar Thermea, which offers various hydrotherapy options, warm mineral water pools, Sauna Park, and a special light therapy in the Sanarium. Additional facilities are a Sauna-Bar and a Cafeteria in the Spa area, and a restaurant with a wide variety of regional dishes, salads and cakes.


Day 5: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Day 5: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Plönlein, one of the most photographed places in Germany, PD-Berthold Werner
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Follow the Romantic Road and head for a day trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem with its beautifully preserved historical town. Leave your car outside the town walls; there are lots of signed car parks to avoid traffic in the town itself. This beautiful little town on the Romantic Road is for tourists the epitome of all German cities. The Old Town is a patchwork of winding cobbled lanes lined with picturesque half timbered houses. Massive towers like Röderturm and the intact town walls form a ring around Rothenburg ob der Tauber and you can walk on top of it to get great views over the town itself and the Tauber valley. Stop at the Plönlein, that scenic fork in the road is the town's landmark. Head for the market place and climb the platform of the pretty Town Hall to get impressive views, and you should not miss the idyllic Burggarten, Caste Garden.


Day 6: Buchen im Odenwald and the Elberstadter Stalactite Cave

Day 6: Buchen im Odenwald and the Elberstadter Stalactite Cave
Eberstadter Tropfsteinhöhle, PD-Rainer Lippert
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The Odenwald region is well known for all kinds of recreational activities with many special highlights for its visitors. Start your day in the small charming village of Buchen in the south-eastern part of the Odenwald and maybe shop for some farm fresh products. Then continue you drive to the nearby Elberstadter Stalactite Cave close to the village of Eberstadt, a district of Buchen. The cave is about 600 meters long, located 341 meters above sea level and is expected to be about two million years old. It was discovered in December 1971 during blasting in a limestone quarry and in 1973 opened to the public. Since then, it is used as a tourist show cave as one of the attractions of the Geo-Park Bergstrasse-Odenwald. It contains rich stalactite decoration, such as lean or extremely conical bottom stalactites, sinter flags Sinterterassen and crystals. Since the beginning of the cave-shows to the public electric lighting was used, which resulted in the still largely preserved white color of the drip stones, unlike most of the earlier German show caves, where the use of candles and torches lighting caused a blackening of the drip stones. Regular guided tours are available in every season with changing days and times. Special tours can be arranged anytime on request. Next to the quarry pond there is a lovely restaurant with the name Seeterrasse and here you can rest for a while before returning to your vacation apartment.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
View from Marienberg to Kiliansdom and Town Hall, PD-Sweet Chily
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A week is never enough to discover all Würzburg and the region has to offer, but today it is time to return to the airport for your flight home. Here is a special offer the Tourist Information in Würzburg has for all its visitors. Definitely a great bargain not to be missed.

The Würzburg Welcome Card is one of the most worthwhile things to buy during your visit. With the card, you get discounts in many different places for a variety of services. The Welcome Card is a great way to save some money when visiting Würzburg and its many cultural highlights. You get discounts on guided tours through the old town, entry to the Residenz Castle, a Bocksbeutel bottle of wine, etc. For only € 3.00 you get discounts for the following services: guided tours through the old town when purchased at the Würzburg Tourist Information Office, city tours by bus, tourist attractions, guided tours of the Marienberg Fortress and St. Kilian Cathedral, winery tours at the Juliusspital and Staatlicher Hofkeller Wine Estate, museum entry fees, boat trips to Veitshöchheim, theater entry fees, food and drinks at numerous restaurants and wine taverns in Würzburg and wine-souvenirs from the Bürgerspital Wine Estate. The Würzburg Welcome Card is valid for one week after purchase!


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