The Romantic Road in Germany

I am going to tell you how to get there, what to see and how to travel the Romantic Road in Germany.

It was very exciting to do this tour as I have been living in Germany for 20 years and did not know it existed.

I had actually visited the towns separately but never on a structured route like I did this time.

Here is the summary video:

Some data to understand the Romantic Road:

The Romantic Road (Romantische Straße) in German, is made up of 29 cities and its total route is approximately 450 kilometers.

Índice
  1. How to traverse it?
    1. and bus:
    2. by train
    3. By Rental Car
    4. Why start in Frankfurt or Munich?
    5. Where to park your rental car:
  2. What to see on the Romantic Road:
  3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
    1. Why is Rothenburg ob der Tauber so interesting?
    2. It was saved 2 times from being destroyed.
    3. The wall and the city.
    4. I also recommend that you try these snowballs to eat
    5. The antiques business
    6. Where the Pope learned German
    7. The tremendous museum of torture (Kriminalmuseum)
  4. Nordlingen
  5. Munich and its surroundings
  6. Neuschwanstein
  7. feet
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How to traverse it?

You have 3 options to do the romantic route in Germany.

and bus:

You have a bus that takes you along the entire romantic route and stops in almost all the towns, leaving from Frankfurt and arriving in Munich. It is a specific bus for this route, which is very comfortable since you cannot get lost.

You can see the schedules and prices on the website of the company that runs the tour and here is the schedule table to guide you:

Romantic route by bus

by train

Doing the total or partial route of the romantic route by train can be "very romantic" but at the same time very hard.

You have to keep in mind that the trains that run through the towns of the romantic route are regional trains infrequently.

And on the other hand, many train stations are on the outskirts of the towns since, being medieval and walled towns, the train runs through it.

Therefore, you will always have to arrange a transfer from the station to the hotel and vice versa.

Finally, another issue to keep in mind is that if you leave from Munich, the ticket to travel throughout Bavaria only allows you to travel on regional trains, not on high-speed ones.

Which will make your journey even slower. You will not be able to board high-speed trains with the Bayern Ticket (special train ticket within Bavaria)

By Rental Car

This is, in my opinion, the best option to travel the Romantic Road.

By renting a car either in Frankfurt or in Munich.

Why start in Frankfurt or Munich?

Although you will have airports close to the most important cities of the romantic route such as Nuremberg or Stuttgart, I recommend that you fly to Frankfurt or Munich, simply because you will get better flight rates.

Both airports are the largest in Germany, which will allow you to find direct flights from your city of origin and good rates.

Where to park your rental car:

One of the issues to take into account if you go by rental car is where to park.

Consider that some of the towns are small and have walls that make access difficult.

In walled towns like Rotenburg you will find parking on the outside of the wall and in other places like Nördlingen you can park inside the city.

The car parks are generally marked with the letter P, for example p1 p2 p3 and they usually go around the city.

Parking system on the romantic route
Parking system on the romantic route

Going in your vehicle will allow you to enjoy the German highways and the provincial routes in the accesses to the towns.

In this video I tell you how to drive on the highways in Germany

Leaving from Frankfurt you will take the A3 (approximately 2 hours)

To then continue along the A7 that accompanies almost all of the romantic route on its way to finally take the A8 to Munich.

Map of highways in Germany

What to see on the Romantic Road:

Although the route is long and there is much to see, I will focus on the most important places on the route that I like and those that make a real difference.

It seems like a long way to go to complete it, but yes I'm going to recommend the places you can't missthose that are really different and we will avoid repetitive landscapes.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Why is it called that?…Rothenburg means red castle and “ob der” would be over the river Tauber“.

There are many medieval towns that use names such as Am Inn – On the Inn River such as Wasserburg am Inn or Roth am Inn.

Why is Rothenburg ob der Tauber so interesting?

For the simple reason that keeps its part of medieval town intact, think that Germany was devastated in different wars and yet Rothenburg was saved.

It was saved 2 times from being destroyed.

  1. During the Thirty Years' War the city was taken over by the famous Earl of Tilly who took the city councilmen prisoner, sentenced them to death and ordered the city to be burned.

But the Mayor of Rothenburg gave him as a welcome offering wine served in a magnificent and colorful 3 1⁄4 liter glass. Tilly, pleased with the gesture, offered to respect the city if someone could drink the wine from the pitcher in one gulp.

The mayor volunteered and managed to drink it down in one gulp…thus saving the city from destruction.

  1. In 1945, in the last days of World War II, the United States Army gave the order for the city to be attacked by artillery. The city was saved by John Jay McCloy, who asked permission to request the city's unconditional surrender before the attack. McCloy's mother had visited Rothenburg before the war and had told him of the city's medieval beauty, so McCloy was reluctant to destroy it.

The wall and the city.

The city is almost entirely surrounded by a wall that you can climb and walk on. You will find enough access points to climb the wall and walk through it.

This will allow you to have a high view of the city, you will see the roofs so typical of the Baden Württemberg region and the historical buildings such as its 2 churches and the town hall square.

In that square and on the main street that runs through it you will find good restaurants if you want to take a break as well as most of the hotels where you can stay.

I also recommend that you try these snowballs to eat

snowball
snowball

They are snowballs, often also called Schneeballen, a well-known shortcrust pastry in Austria and in the Hohenlohe/Franconia region (Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Feuchtwangen, Dinkelsbühl). It owes its name to its spherical shape and the traditional decoration with powdered sugar. The snowball has a diameter of about eight to ten centimeters.

The antiques business

Of course, how could it be otherwise, businesses are also old in Rothenburg and you can find real relics in their windows.

I love this type of business.

Where the Pope learned German

Another curiosity of Rothenburg is that here the Argentine pope, Francisco, came to study German. He did not know that the pope spoke German, surely among the many other languages ​​he speaks.

The tremendous museum of torture (Kriminalmuseum)

Finally, it is one of the top 10 museums chosen by the public in Germany.

The inside is impressive, first you will find a story of how torture evolved. It comes from the time of the witches since it was not possible to prove with factual facts if they were witches or not... therefore they used torture to force confession.

You can see different methods of torture with the detailed explanation and the instruments used.

It gives you goosebumps.

What impressed me the most:

  • The thematic masks, for example, if you had lied, they would put the Pinocchio nose on you.
  • chastity belts
  • the neck fiddle
  • The rabble mask (with the long tongue)

Nordlingen

Nördlingen is my second recommended city in the northern parts of the Romantic Road.

A town of 20,000 inhabitants that originated in the middle of a meteorite crater, fallen 15 million years ago, whose extension is almost 25 km in diameter.

And of course it has a wall and this is the only wall that can be bypassed.
It has five entrance gates, 11 well-preserved defensive towers that you can climb and completely bypass.

The wall was built by King Louis IV who very cleverly imposed a beer excise tax to raise funds to build the wall.

Another way to enjoy the circular view that this very special city offers you is by climbing the tower of the San Jorge church: there are 350 steps and you climb about 70 meters but it is very worth it because you can see its entire extension.

Finally, Nördlingen was the city where Gerd Müller, a great German footballer, was born.

Nicknamed "der Bomber der Nation" (the nation's bomber), and "Torpedo Müller", he is the Bundesliga's all-time top scorer with 365 goals.

Let's continue south...

Munich and its surroundings

The second big city is coming up on your tour and it is Munich, the capital of Bavaria.

There is a lot of information published on this blog about Munich so I will just give you access to it.

Where to sleep

To do

The best day trips

Touring the lakes near Munich

I also invite you to download my Munich guide where you have a lot of info to get around the city.

Are you ready to continue?

Well let's continue through Lansberg am Lech.

Do you remember that at the beginning of the post I explained to you about the “am”, “ob der”, well here you have another example, the city of Lansberg is located on the Lech river.

While not as spectacular as the medieval towns north of the Romantic Road, Lamsberg can serve as a stopover before reaching Neuschwanstein Castle, your next big stop.

Neuschwanstein

Luis II, also called the Mad King, wanted to live in a fantasy world, and that is why he sought refuge in the castles he built, he did not finish but today they are within everyone's reach.

The most famous of these is Neuschwanstein Castle, the standard-bearer of the castle route in the Bavarian region of southern Germany.

the castle of Neuschwanstein is only 120 kilometers from Munichsouth towards the Alps.

Here are my tips for visiting the castle avoiding mass tourism:

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Füssen is a small town in Bavaria, about a kilometer from the Austrian border, which has historically been an important center for violin making.

It takes about two hours to get here by train from Munich, and it's a stop on most bus tours that take tourists to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. In addition to being one of the most important stops on the Romantic Road.

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