Nature, culture, and hospitality
The Romantic Road stretches for 385 km from north to south, passing through river valleys, forests, and meadows to ultimately enter the Alps. Germany’s most popular holiday route, every year it transports millions of tourists back into the past. The journey takes them through medieval towns and lovely vineyards. The road is suitable for cars, bicycles, and hikers.
The city of Würzburg lies in the Main Valley, surrounded by vineyards. Overlooking it is the Fortress Marienberg, from which the Old Main Bridge, the city’s hallmark, leads to the Old Town. There are many magnificently decorated churches, but the Würzburg Residence is the most imposing structure. This enormous Late Gothic palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval wonderland with an intricate network of narrow lanes, houses, and turreted walls. The town is especially charming in the early morning hours and the evening.
The principal sights include the farmers’ market, St. Jacob’s Church, the town hall, and the Crime Museum with exhibits that include medieval instruments of torture. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is also known as the place where Christmas never stops: in the German Christmas Museum and the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village.
This picturesque castle was built between 1869 and 1886 for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, although he died before it was completed. Its fairy tale-like appearance later inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
The Romantic Road ends at Füssen on the banks of the Lech River, where the hills of Allgäu meet idyllic lake landscapes and the Alps. This town enchants visitors with its romantic lanes, squares, and churches. Its loveliest structures include the High Castle, the Baroque St. Mang Basilica, a Franciscan monastery, and the remnants of a medieval town wall.