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Mannheim: water garden in the Water Tower Park (Parkanlage am Wasserturm)

The Castle Road – A romantic trail of castles

The name of this route speaks for itself: castle after castle and a never-ending number of romantic medieval towns line this signposted route that runs for almost 1200 km from the chessboard city of Mannheim where the Neckar meets the Rhine to the Golden City of Prague. The Castle Road is the east-west running themed route in Germany.

Overflowing with sagas, myths, fairy tales and legends, the Castle Route is already over 60 years old and is one of Germany's most tradition-steeped scenic routes. The route plunges visitors straight into the Middle Ages, leading them from one castle to the next, from pinnacle to pinnacle – and always on the trail of emperors, kings and princes, knights, count palatines and romance.

The castles with the best views

Over 70 castles, fairytale palaces and stately homes line the Castle Road like a string of pearls, impressive monuments to the past. At the same time, medieval towns, abbeys, sacred and secular architecture from a huge variety of eras, historic sites and innumerable cultural treasures ensure that any trip on the Castle Road is a vivid experience. Just as diverse as the region's history is its breathtakingly beautiful countryside.

Dream-like castles

An abundance of medieval masterpieces await you on the Castle Road. This route is virtually unsurpassed in terms of architecture and hospitality. Visitors can watch period costume performances at festivals amongst authentic surroundings, visit medieval markets and secluded castle courtyards, go on ghost tours, dine at medieval banquets or sample historical recipes within ancient castle walls.

The many faces of the Castle Road

Regardless of whether you decide to travel by car, bus or bike, make sure you set aside a little time to really get to know the varied faces of the Castle Road. The Castle Road also has plenty of activities for kids. The Castle Road Association (Verein Burgenstraße) will also be all too happy to help you plan your journey along the road.

The Castle Road

Length: approximately 1200 km

Theme: palaces and castles

Bad Wimpfen: fortified imperial palace, old town, Blue Tower, museums
Bamberg: UNESCO old quarter, cathedral, museums
Bayreuth: castles, festival hall, museums
Heidelberg: castle, old quarter, Philosopher's Walk (Philosophenweg)
Kulmbach: Plassenburg Castle, museums
Mannheim: residential palace, water tower, museums
Neckarsteinach: "Four Castle City",
Neckarzimmern: Hornberg Castle
Nürnberg: Kaiserburg Castle, old quarter, underground tunnels (Felsengänge),
Rothenburg ob der Tauber: old quarter, churches, museums