Romantische Strasse – One of Germany’s oldest Scenic Routes:
Along a 350 km stretch of road from Würzburg in northern Bavaria to Füssen in the Allgäu Alps is Germany’s most famous and well travelled Romantic Road or Romantische Strasse.
The Romantic Road is one of Germany’s oldest scenic routes and it takes travellers through rich and varied cultural landscape along the river Main and through the Franconian wine country to the Alps.
The Road links a series of picturesque towns and villages along the route and visitors have the opportunity to see small historic towns and old walled-cities with palaces, fairytale castles, towers, turrets and church spires. There are also many other places of historical interest such as the town squares, monuments and taverns.
And, if you’re in town on the right day, you may get a chance to taste some of their culinary delights and feast your eyes on all the local foods and produce at a town market day or partake in one of their traditional and charming festivals.
The route leads through the charming Tauber Valley, the Nördlinger Ries situated in the heart of a giant crater, the picturesque Lechfeld Plain, Pfaffenwinkel or Parsons’ Corner -
a land of farmers, artists and monks in the foothills of the Upper Bavarian Alps – before finally ending up at Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, King Ludwig’s famous fairytale castles.
Germany’s “number one travel route” has linked the river Main with the Bavarian Alps as far back as the beginning of the 19th century. However, it was just five years after the Second World War that travel route was recreated as the “Romantic Road” a name that aptly describes what the region has to offer.
The best way to see the sights along the Romantic Road is on a driving holiday or on a coach tour. Alternatively, those who enjoy cycling can follow the well-marked Romantic Road Cycling Route for an amazing sightseeing experience. There are inns along the route where travellers can stop for some food and drinks. More information about the Romantic Road, cycling maps and special cycling packages are available from www.romantischestrasse.de.