The Romantic Road is the real Germany – medieval towns of half-timbered houses on a route ending at photogenic Neuschwanstein Castle
A brilliant invention of post-War tourism, loosely based on an old trade route and the Roman Via Claudia Augusta, the Romantic Road winds south from historic Würzburg to the alpine glories of Fuessen and nearby Schloss Neuschwanstein, Bavaria’s number one tourist attaction. Brown road-signs, announcing Romantische Strasse, mark the way. Pageants and festivals are a feature of summer and late autumn.
For 255 miles (410 km), the Road passes through stretches of pillowy countryside, cobblestoned villages and the medieval, walled towns of Bad Mergentheim, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbuehl and Noerdlingen. Arched gateways with guard towers stand at the entrance to towns. There are half-timbered fachwerk houses, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque palaces and whimsical castles built by Bavaria’s 19th century king, Ludwig II. This is about as traditional as Bavaria gets.
International travellers wishing to pick up the southern part of the Romantic Road can fly into Munich Airport. You can be at Schloss Neuschwanstein in two hours.
Tour By Coach
Coaches run daily, in both directions, from April to October, and link most towns and cities on the Romantic Road. Tickets can be booked at www. romanticroadcoach.de, and are valid for six months. Individual trips can also be organised.
Guided tours on the weekend
On weekends from July to October, bus guests are shown around by guides with expert knowledge of the route from Würzburg to Füssen and from Füssen to Dinkelsbühl (and Würzburg). They know the region like the back of their hand, provide insights into towns and cities, people and curiosities, things familiar and unfamiliar, and present regional products, such as wine from vineyards along the Romantic Road and Germany’s healthiest beer, Romantic Road Zwickel Bier, which is brewed especially for visitors to the holiday route by the Fürstliches Brauhaus in Wallerstein. The guided tours are undoubtedly the most intensive way to discover the romantic region between the River Main and the Alps – welcome on board!
Why Not Try?
While traveling the Romantic Road, we highly recommend that you try the local Schneeballen (‘snowball’), a deep-fried ball of pastry, covered in sugar and often chocolate.