The Romantic Road
The Romantic Road is Germany's most famous and oldest holiday route, running from Würzburg on the banks of the River Main through the picturesque Franconian Wine Country to Füssen in the Bavarian Alps. The unbroken series of charming, medieval towns and idyllic landscapes offer enchanting views, cultural richness and places of historical interest that allow visitors to step back in time into the fairytale books of their childhood. The idea of the Romantic Road established itself as a symbol for Germany as a holiday destination.
This idea has been taken up all over the world and there has been a Romantic Road in Japan since 1982 and in Brazil since 1998. The official gateway to the Romantic Road is Würzburg, a charming city renowned for its great architecture and delicate wines. Augsburg, one of Germany's oldest cities, was home to some of Europe's most powerful merchant families, the Fuggers. The last stop on the Romatic Road is Füssen, a small town nestled between towering Alpine peaks and known all over the world for the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
The Hohes Schloss (High Castle): One of Bavaria's largest and best-preserved Gothic castle complexes, perches on a high rock overlooking the village. One-time home of the bishops of Augsburg, it now showcases art from the Bavarian State Collections of Painting.
Visit the beautiful Baroque complex of St. Mang Abbey, named after the patron saint of Füssen. The former cells of the Benedictine monks now house valuable works of art and archaeological finds from the abbey's 1000+ year history.
Neuschwanstein Castle: The castle of the 'fairytale king' Ludwig II is one of the most popular palaces and castles in Europe. The king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life but now you can gain an insight into his private refuge on a guided tour.
The 700-year old town of Füssen is located at the southern end of the 'Romantic Road' in the region of Allgäu and boasts a special intimate charm. Its quaint cobbled streets and medieval centre are framed by the majestic peaks of the Alps while the nearby fairytale castles of Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein take visitors back to the time of King Ludwig II.
The Residence Palace (the 'Castle above all Castles') is one of Europe's most renowned baroque castles, and is registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Marienberg Fortress is perhaps Würzburg's most dominating feature - seen from everywhere in the city. Take a tour through the castle keep, the Scherenbergtor, the Marienkirche (one of the oldest round churches in Germany), and the Fürstengarten with magnificent views of the city.
Enjoy lunch or dinner in a traditional wine tavern or at a "Bäck" (a combination of bakery and wine tavern) and sample traditional Franconian delicacies including wine soup, "Sauerbrate" nor "Blaue Zipfel."
Würzburg - world heritage, world-class wine and well-being. This lively city is known as the 'Gateway to the Romantic Road'. The skyline is dominated by its most prominent landmark, the Marienberg Fortress. Another spectacular highlight is the Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. Various museums, galleries and theatres will delight art lovers. The city is the centre of the Franconian Wine Country, a region whose vineyards are famous throughout the world. Three of Germany's largest and most renowned wineries are located here. A Juliusspital wine, for example, was served at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. And it is Franconian wine that, in perfect harmony with Baroque splendour, always makes a visit to Würzburg a memorable experience.
Watched over by its landmark, the Marienburg fortress, the university city on the River Main in Germany is surrounded by lush vineyards. In addition to the former Prince Bishop's Residence, there are many sights worth seeing in the Old Town such as the Cathedral, St. Mary´s Chapel, the market place and the old bridge over the River Main. The city offers numerous museums, theatres and attractive festival highlights.
Located approximately 30 minutes from Munich, this Bavarian city was once the 'Wall Street of Europe'. Famous for its architecture, 'Augsburg style' became an actual term to describe an abundant style of construction typified by ornate silvers and golds. The Augsburg Rathaus (City Hall) was described as the 'the most significant Renaissance secular building north of the Alps'. It was almost completely destroyed during WWII but has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. Anyone with an appreciation for classical music will love Augsburg, as it was here that the Mozart legacy was founded. Visitors can stop at Mozarthaus, a small museum located in the actual house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was raised by his father Leopold. As a Bavarian city, Augsburg also has a longstanding beer tradition - be sure to visit to Riegele brewery, one of the world's oldest breweries.