Germany Vacation Package:
7-Day Heidelberg - Bavaria Rail Circle Tour

Germany vacation package: 7-Day Heidelberg - Bavaria Rail Circle Tour
The Käppele, a pilgrimage church overlooking Würzburg, was built 1748-50 by Balthasar Neumann.
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Neuschwanstein Castle and Heidelberg Castle are only a few highlights on this 7-Day Rail Circle Tour from/to Frankfurt Airport. You will also visit the Residence in Wurzburg, the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg and Nymphenburg Palace in Munich and Linderhof Palace in Ettal along this tour.

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Note: This is a comprehensive vacation package (provided by tour operator)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport
Related Travel Guides: Frankfurt, Füssen, Heidelberg, Munich, Nuremberg, Rottenburg am Neckar, Würzburg

Vacation Package Details:

This tour includes:

  • High-Speed and Regional train tickets
  • 6x Accommodation in Comfort and First-class hotels
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Hop-on Hop-off Munich City tour by Coach
  • Escorted Coach tour to Oberammergau and the Royal Castles
  • English speaking tour with the Night-Watchman in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • A comprehensive admission package which covers the admission to more than 14 sights
  • Prices are based on double occupancy. In case of single occupancy there is an additional room charge of $425 (330 €)

All of the hotels are located right at or nearby the respective Main Railway Station. Our hotels are receiving top traveler reviews by our guests as well as on rating sites (e.g. tripadvisor).

Cost Estimate:

  • $835 for 1 person, 7 days
Price is based on Euro/USD conversion rate 1 EUR = 1.28741 USD and is subject to currency fluctuation.Check Availability

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Frankfurt Airport to Würzburg

Day 1: Frankfurt Airport to Würzburg
Fortress Marienberg with Old Main Bridge in the front
[ source: Wikipedia]

From Frankfurt Airport you take a High-Speed train to Würzburg, your first stop along the Romantic Road. The city is idyllically located amidst vineyards, with the medieval fortress Marienberg towering above. Würzburg is old bishop´s see and lively town, proudly presenting monuments of different eras. Culture, art, history and hospitality are ever-present in this remarkable city!

The Fortress Marienberg, Würzburg´s landmark, has of course changed its appearance a great deal since it was first mentioned, today the oldest part of the fortress is the "Rundkirche" (round church) which was built in the year one thousand. Please note that Marienberg Fortress and the Rundkirche are closed on Mondays and from November to March 15th.

The Cathedral, the Marienkapelle, the "Alte Mainbrücke" (old bridge across the river Main ), the Juliusspital and the "Käppele" are musts, but make sure that you do not miss out on the "Fürstbischöfliche Residenz" (Prince bishop's residence).

This "Palace above all Palaces" is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are only a few cities in Germany which present buildings of so many different eras as Würzburg does, some of them being true masterpieces of their time. Enjoy this beautiful town which offers not only cultural but also culinary highlights such as the hearty cuisine and of course the world famous Frankenwein!

Day 2: Würzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Day 2: Würzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Town Hall of Rothenburg
[ source: Wikipedia]

In the morning take a train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany's most beautiful medieval cities. Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once a powerful free imperial town and its monuments, landmarks and buildings still bear witness to these days.

Marvel at the half-timbered buildings and at town walls which are withstanding time since hundreds of years, protecting the city since the Middle Ages. Visit the town's most famous spot, the Ploenlein square, probably the most photographed place in Rothenburg. Also very interesting to see is the Spitalbastei Gate, created by Leonhard Weidmann, the latin inscription on the gate reading: " Peace to those who enter, health to those who leave".

The Gothic St. James church is the town's most prominent church, here you can take a minute and relax in quietness while you enjoy the beauty of the famous Altar of the Holy Blood and the Twelve Apostles Altar. Every step you take in this old town is a step thru history with yet another beautiful spot to be discovered around the corner.

Rothenburg also offers museums which are cultural highlights, such as the Christmas Museum with an exhibition showing Christmas tradition in Germany, the Doll and Toy Museum where the history of playthings is shown, as well as the Crime Museum, where the visitor gets an insight into the law and especially its execution during the last 700 years.

In the evening you will join an English-speaking tour with the Night-Watchman.

Day 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Nuremberg

Day 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Nuremberg
View over old Nuremberg from Spittlertor-Tower
[ source: Wikipedia]

The Regional train (RE/RB) will take you from Würzburg to Nuremberg. The city's history reaches back to the year 1050, its name "nourenberc" translating into "rocky hill". Nuremberg's famous landmark, the "Kaiserburg" (Imperial Castle), towers above the Old town, which is protected by the five kilometers long city wall with its many towers.

When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg's mediaeval Old Town one can start at the Koenigstor ("Kingsgate"), from where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St. Lawrence and the Church of St. Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot.

Right next to the Koenigstor is the Handwerkerhof (craft center), here you will feel like you are back in the mediaeval times, there are craft workshops like they used to have a long time ago as well as a gingerbread bakery.

Make sure to enjoy a Nuremberg Bratwurst along with a beer or a glass of Frankenwein.

Day 4: Nuremberg to Munich

Day 4: Nuremberg to Munich
Panorama of Munich
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Munich, famous throughout the world, is the Bavarian metropolis, close to the Alps and in the heart of Europe. Where to begin when one wants to name places to see and things to do in this extraordinary city which like few others combines modern life with lively history.

There is Munich's old town where 850 years of history are showing off, there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) where 3 times each day thousands of people are spell bound when the world famous Glockenspiel (carillon) starts it's beautiful song.

Visit and marvel at the Frauenkirche, the town's landmark, do not miss the Hofbräuhaus and find out why the Münchner (inhabitants of Munich) don't want to miss out on their "Brotzeit" (a meal or snack consisting of bread, cold cut, cheese and so on, usually enjoyed between breakfast and lunch).

Your Hop on Hop off City tour takes you to major sights of the Bavarian Capital City.

Day 5: Escorted English-speaking Coach tour to the Royal Castles

Day 5: Escorted English-speaking Coach tour to the Royal Castles
View of Neuschwanstein from nearby cliff
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This all day escorted coach tour will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop. Here the famous Oberammergau Passion Play take place every ten years. The next time it takes place is from May 15, 2010 to October 3, 2010.

The tour will then continue to Linderhof Palace, the "Royal Villa" of Ludwig II. Visit this beautiful furnished castle with the Hall of Mirrors and visit the beautiful palace park laid out from 1870 to 1880.

The picture of Neuschwanstein Castle is probably present in everybody's mind but certainly for those traveling along the Romantic Road. Be prepared that reality will surpass all pictures and imaginations: Neuschwanstein seems to be taken out of a fairy tale!

Seeing the Castle from the outside is unforgettable, a tour of the insight, which was originally built for the one famous inhabitant, will make the picture perfect! But make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds, the view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind it is like none other!

Day 6: Munich to Heidelberg

Day 6: Munich to Heidelberg
View of Heidelberg with the Heidelberg Castle on hill and the Old Bridge over river Neckar
[ source: Wikipedia]

In the morning the train takes you from Munich to the romantic city of Heidelberg, the last stop on this impressive tour. Heidelberg, with its idyllic location on the river Neckar, the beautiful Heidelberger Schloss (castle) towering above. Heidelberg, both historic and young, will capture you with its easygoing charm, will remain unforgettable for those who stood in the castles gardens, overlooking the town and the river, will make you feel history while roaming thru cobbled alleys.

Day 7: Heidelberg to Frankfurt Airport

Day 7: Heidelberg to Frankfurt Airport
Skyline seen from Deutschherrnbrücke
[ source: Wikipedia: Frankfurt]

The airport shuttle bus which runs about once an hour will take you from Heidelberg to Frankfurt Airport.

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