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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 its main appeal is that it still looks and feels a lot like it must have done back then. 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 fairytale 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; and 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 Romantic Road is, understandably, very popular and can get uncomfortably crowded during the peak summer months. Spring and autumn are great alternatives for those who want to avoid the crush.


Augsburg

The largest city along the Romantic Road, Augsburg is also among the oldest cities in Germany with a history stretching…

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Dinkelsbühl

A less-crowded alternative to Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl is another scenic medieval town on the Romantic Road. Surrounded…

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Neuschwanstein

The fairytale castle built by King Ludwig II (known as 'Mad King Ludwig' until his death in 1886) has become the trademark…

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Rothenburg

Known as the best-preserved medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (or just Rothenburg) is an absolute must-see…

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Würzburg

A popular starting point for the Romantic Road, Würzburg is a lovely and lively town. The former comes from its…

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