The Romantic Road is a travel route devised by travel agencies in the 50s. It was a trade route during the Middle Ages and still maintains its medieval features, such as fortresses, castles (including the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein) and is one of the most famous travel routes in the world. Nature, culture and hospitality have been trademarks for the Romantic Road ever since it was created. Its name, the Romantic Road, expresses what any traveler feels while on it: amazement and fascination. Starting in Würzburg and going all the way to Füssen, the Romantic Road is surely a fairytale route of art, culture and beauty.
The first city of the Romantic Road, Würzburg, has many sights to see. Founded by the Celts around 650 B.C, the city is home to many historical buildings. The most impressive attractions are the Residenz Palace ( a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the Marienburg Fortress. Descending farther along the Romantic Road you reach the town of Weikersheim, a charming town home to a beautiful Renaissance Castle and an impressive Baroque Garden. The road from here to Rothenburg is particularly charming, as it passes through many quaint, German villages. Rothenburg is Germany’s best preserved medieval town and a view from the top of the Town Hall Tower will leave you breathless.
Passing through Dinkelsbühl and reaching Nördlingen, you can enjoy the view from St. Georg Dom before descending farther along the way to Augsburg, Germany’s second oldest city, with an impressive history and views. The cathedral of Santa Maria, the city hall and Fuggerei ( the world’s first social housing) are all worth a visit.
In Pffafenwinkel ( literally the Monks Corner) is the land of churches. You’ll see many medieval churches, spectacular views of the Alps and nature in all its splendor. The Romantic Road ends in Füssen, the land of spectacular castles, castle ruins and views of the Alps.
If you’re following the Romantic Road by car, simply follow the brown signs which will guide you your whole journey. If going by bus, you should know that all busses offer free Wifi. Also, there is a free app for the Romantic Road which enables you to keep track of your journey and create your personalized itinerary. Have you ever been on the Romantic Road?
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