The Romantic Road whisks you away on a journey of approximately 400 km from Würzburg to Füssen in the Allgäu . Anyone visiting this route is greatly rewarded with treasures such as magnificent stately homes, palaces of courtly splendour and romantic medieval timber-framed houses following in swift succession. This route also lives up to its name when travelled by bicycle or on foot.
The "Romantic Road" has been the highlight amongst Germany's scenic routes for over 60 years and is still a firm favourite attracting visitors from all over the world. Nature, culture and hospitality are the three hallmarks of the Romantic Road. It offers excitement for art lovers, festival goers, history buffs, sports devotees and everyone who likes a celebration.
Romance, the scent of grapes on the air and the draw of the Alps: the charm of this route knows no bounds.
It takes in the varied landscapes of the Main river, the Franconian wine region and the Alpine peaks and crosses the tranquil Tauber Valley between Würzburg and Füssen, the geological treasure trove of Nördlinger Ries, the picturesque Lechfeld and the dream-like Pfaffenwinkel region at the foot of the Bavarian Alps before arriving at King Ludwig's spellbinding castles. This region is surrounded by four lakes and lies at the bottom of the Ammergau Alps. A location steeped in romance.
The name of the route tells you everything you need to know
The very name "Romantic Road" expresses how many visitors, from Germany and from abroad, feel when they first feast their eyes on this spectacular backdrop of riches, western history, art and culture: fascination and a sense of being taken back in time. Also linked with the route are great names such as Balthasar Neumann, the architect, Tilman Riemenschneider, the woodcarver, and Carl Spitzweg, the painter.
A mountain idyll: imagination in free flight
The Romantic Road is also Germany's festival road: from May until well into the autumn, it fizzes with historical festivals offering fresh air, entertainment, delectable food and tangy beer. It's enough to make you sigh; once you've left, a simple reminder will be all it takes to bring a smile back to your face.
Length: approximately 400 km
Theme: romance, arts, culture
Augsburg: Fugger city, puppet theatre
Bad Mergentheim: Castle of the Teutonic Order (Deutschordenschloss)
Dinkelsbühl: historical old quarter
Füssen: Hohes Schloss Castle, St. Mang Monastery,
Nördlingen: Ries Crater Museum and Rail Museum
Pfaffenwinkel: The Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church (UNESCO)
Rothenburg: medieval townscape, Christmas Museum, Crime Museum
Schwangau: King Ludwig castles, festival hall
Würzburg: Marienberg Citadel (Festung Marienberg), Residenz Palace (Unesco)
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