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What to see in The Romantic Road

The Romantic Road Attractions

The Romantic Road was a trade route during the middle ages and has retained its historic appeal. The well-trodden tourist track winds through lovely countryside, fortified medieval towns and picturesque old villages. Attractions along the Romantic Road include the ancient walls, gates and guard towers of the villages, Gothic cathedrals and fairy-tale castles, half-timbered houses, historic hotels and even medieval festivals.

There are many famous places to visit along the Romantic Road. Augsburg, the route's largest city and one of the oldest in Germany, offers visitors the chance to explore 2,000 years of history. Dinkelsbuhl, still protected by 16 towers and 10th-century walls, is full of cobbled streets and 16th-century houses. Rothenburg, known to be the best-preserved medieval town in Germany, has fortifications and many other buildings dating back to the 13th century. Wurzburg is a lively little town with a hundred churches and a UNESCO-listed Residential Palace.

There are also a number of delightful castles and fortresses to be discovered along the route, which is often simply called the German Castle Road. Some of the highlights for castle enthusiasts are the Burg Harburg Castle; the 1,000-year-old Castle Hotel of Colmberg, where you can spend the night; the Heidelberg Castle, in the charming town of the same name; the three castle ruins of Eberbach; Langenburg Castle; and the famous Neuschwanstein. Neuschwanstein is one of the most famous castles in the world and for many marks the end goal of the Romantic Road. The interiors are as rich and magical as the facade and definitely worth investigating.


The largest city along the Romantic Road, Augsburg is also among the oldest cities in Germany with a history stretching back 2,000 years. It was established as a Roman trading post and garrison camp…

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A less-crowded alternative to Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl is another scenic medieval town on the Romantic Road. Surrounded by 16 towers along its fortified 10th-century walls, the town centre is lined…

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Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy-tale castle built by King Ludwig II (known as 'Mad King Ludwig' until his death in 1886) has become the trademark of the German state of Bavaria, with its Gothic wedding-cake tiers and towers.…

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Known as the best-preserved medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (or just Rothenburg) is an absolute must-see for anyone travelling on the Romantic Road. The 13th-century fortified walls…

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A popular starting point for the Romantic Road, Würzburg is nestled in a picturesque location in the heart of the Franconian wine region, with rolling hills, pretty vineyards, and many beautiful…

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