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Starting in Würzburg, set off with your loved one along the Romantic Road in Germany.
Past villages that are the epitome of idyllic. Through a landscape so captivating you’ll begin a whole other love affair. Alongside mountain-top castles that are fairytales brought to life. Stopping at medieval walled towns where Gothic spires join Alpine peaks on the horizon, strolling streets of half-timbered houses with overflowing window boxes.
A romantic itinerary travelling the 218 miles long Romantische Straße, feel swept away into a dreamy and delightful utopia that really was designed with love-struck couples in mind.
Würzburg has been called the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’. And on the Romantic Road in Germany that takes you past jewel after bewitching Bavarian jewel, that’s no small claim. But Würzburg effortlessly lives up to the hype.
Between hills carpeted with vineyards, in the heart of Germany’s wine-growing region, the city is best known as home of the Würzburg Residence. A stunning and extravagant palace — think French château meets German Baroque brilliance — with the most magical, and most manicured, gardens you’ll ever see.
On arriving, head first to the palace for a baptism by fire — fires of the passionately romantic kind, of course — into what is to come on this road trip. Explore chapels, gardens, and stately halls, all gilt, gold, and crystal.
Find yourself seduced by the otherworldly splendour of this intriguing building. And once you’ve had your fix of fairy tales, head to a bar to sample some of the wine for which this city is also famous.
spa town and medieval castle
beautiful and quintessentially German town
river views, surrounded by vineyards
rustic, authentic Franconian food
part of local vineyard, great Franconian wines
Kostenfreier öffentlicher Parkplatz
free parking close to Ludwig Bridge
riverside and within walking distance of old town
If Würzburg felt like an amorous idyll, Rothenberg, your next road trip stop, amps it up further. One of the best-preserved Medieval cities in Germany, here you’ll step back in time to the Bavarian Middle Ages.
Half-timbered red-roofed houses and cobbled streets are set between majestic churches, striking city walls, ancient ramparts, and a Baroque castle. It’s like the set of a fairytale blockbuster — in fact, the village from Disney’s Pinocchio was based on Rothenburg.
Drive your campervan through the green wonderland of the Taubertal valley to reach your next Romantic Road destination in Germany.
Wandering around the town doesn’t take long — but the endless photo ops might. For breathtaking views, climb to the top of the historic Town Hall. And when night falls and most of the tourists leave, patrol the city walls with the night watchman, looking over this ancient picture-perfect town twinkling in the darkness. Rothenburg makes being romantic easy.
exceptionally photogenic Renaissance palace
three-story Christmas emporium open all year
medieval gem complete with dungeon and ballroom
quirky little town, home to the Thimble Museum.
Gasthof Goldener Greifen
14th century stone inn
Japanese cuisine for those craving a change
cheap, within walking distance of centre
green, peaceful and walking distance of center
A little over 37 miles further on this Romantic Road in Germany, the next town to charm you is Nördlingen.
Arrive in another medieval marvel, this time with preserved city walls that encircle its almost perfectly round old town. At its heart is the mighty Gothic wonder that is St. George’s Church — whose tower offers panoramas across town. Less visited than Rothenburg, here you won’t have to jostle other visitors to get those winning couple shots.
Oh, and incidentally, Nördlingen sits in the middle of a giant crater created 15 million years ago by an asteroid, an extraterrestrial visit that just adds to its magic.
Soak up the quaint but captivating old-world atmosphere. Pay a visit to the Rathaus, or town hall, with its gorgeous gables and half-timbered walls.
Climb the Kirchturm Daniel for views across the ochre-tinted roofs and beyond. Like with Rothenburg, Hollywood has made good use of Nordlingen, which was a backdrop in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — so look out for Oompa Loompas.
from Rothenburg ob der Tauber
for more on the asteroid that hit Nordlingen
everything from Stone Age to 20th-century art
evocative ancient ruins
pizza and pasta in chic setting
Nördlingen's most popular restaurant
coffee, cake and secondhand books
Busparkplatz Schlössle, Kaiserwiese
cheap and just outside city walls
quiet with fire pit and cheap beer
Augsburg is Bavaria’s oldest city, founded before the Romans arrived. Admittedly, it’s not the most romantic of all the towns on this road trip from Frankfurt to Munich. But it has a rich and fascinating history — and stoking the intellect can fuel the flames of passion, right?
Plus you’ll still have the pleasure of visiting luxurious palatial homes, stumbling upon Baroque fountains, and visiting Gothic churches — if you haven’t had enough yet.
Visit the Rathaus, six stories of history and culture. Then there’s the Perlachturm, a 1000-year-old watch tower. From the top, you’ll spy the Alps further along the Romantic Road in Germany.
For your fix of historic beauty, head to the Schaezlerpalais, a Rococo-style mansion and art museum. Relax in a cafe on the Maximilianstrasse and soak up the atmosphere. Wander the historic centre with its townhouses and majestic boulevards.
And, to end, we think a candlelit dinner among the vaulted ceilings of a traditional restaurant sounds like a great idea.
yet another gorgeous Bavarian town
Dom St. Maria
for Gothic majesty and rare art
set in an Alpine meadow with mountain views
marionette theatre telling fairy-tales
authentic and traditional Bavarian cuisine
romantic with low lighting and candles
a range of European cuisine
HS-Augsburg Parkplatz W-Gebäude
20 minutes from center on foot
Ludwigshof am See
lakeside swimming, plenty of space and shade
Hohenschwangau. Not quite the last stop on the Romantic Road in Germany. But it does feel like Bavaria’s final flourish.
Hohenschwangau is prized above all for Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle to rival all others. Its spires, turrets, towers, and balconies, dramatic and whimsical by turns, have inspired artists from Walt Disney to Wagner, and is exactly where princesses might sleep for hundreds of years. Perched amid a panorama of lakes, fields, and the Bavarian Alps, this is the world’s most iconic storybook castle.
Expect to come across fairies, queens, princes, and perhaps even a witch or two, as you enter the village. You’ll be desperate to head straight to Neuschwanstein, already under its spell. But hang on until sun sets and crowds disperse — this is when the castle is at its most magical.
Until then, there is also the other castle, Hohenschwangau itself, which deserves some of the spotlights shone on its more famous sibling.
Pastel-coloured town at foot of the Alps.
Landsberg am Lech
Colourful Wes Anderson-esque town.
Sparkling blue and surrounded by meadows.
Famed for its Hall of Mirrors.
Ballroom-style setting with Haute Bavarian cuisine.
Micro-brewery, traditional food.
Retro furnishings, lots of character.
Short walk to Neuschwanstein castle.
Lakeside with spectacular views.
The end of your romantic road trip is the region’s capital, Munich, a city best known for its raucous beer festival, Oktoberfest, but a compelling destination all year round. Here rich tradition meets contemporary art and BMW museums meet Lederhosen-sporting locals.
With its elegant royal palaces, Christmas markets in winter, fairy-light strewn gardens in summer, and, of course, its beer, Munich is a city where each and every component kindles romance.
Wander streets made for holding hands. Visit one of the many galleries in Kunstareal. Climb the 86 steps to the top of the Frauenkirche for superb views. Enjoy people watching in the English Garden. Explore the hip and bohemian Schwabing.
Finally, peruse the culinary treats at Viktualienmarkt, the famous food market. Then cleanse the palate with an enormous tankard of beer in one of the many thrumming beer halls. And experience Gemütlichkeit — a combination of cosiness, well-being, and relaxation — a feeling surely best experienced as one half of a couple.
Haus der Kunst
Interdisciplinary art gallery.
Art Nouveau swimming pool and sauna.
Oldest beer hall in the world.
Historic extravagance, Bavarian specialities.
Stately home themed, wood panelling and hunting paraphernalia.
Bus parking Allianz-Arena
Campervan parking 40 mins from city center on public transport.
Close to public transport to city center.