The Romantic Road is a tourist route that stretches through southern Germany between Würzberg and Augsburg. Although this may seem like an ancient tradition, it’s a more recent introduction to boost tourism.
Here are some unique attractions to look out for on the various stops along your Romantic Road trip.
Situated in the north of the route, the city of Würzburg is where most tourists chose to start their tour. This stunning metropolis has everything you could ask for, from hills and rivers to historical buildings and wineries.
One of the most popular attractions is the Würzburg Residence. This beautiful building incorporates a mix of western architecture, including French château features, Viennese baroque and religious aspects from northern Italy, making it like no other. When you step inside this masterpiece, you’ll be awestruck by its grand staircase and imperial hall filled with ceiling frescoes and marble columns.
Bad Mergentheim is located in the Tauber Valley and best known for being a charming spa town. When the spring waters were discovered in the 19th century, the town’s name changed from Mergentheim to Bad Mergentheim (bad translating to bath). Having these healing waters made the town a care centre for wounded soldiers in the Second World War.
Why not test out the mineral waters for yourself and pop into one of the spas during your visit? You can relax in warm pools and sip fresh water from the various drinking fountains.
Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber
Out of all of the stops along the Romantic Road, the one you may be the most familiar with is Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber. This historic town is home to many well-preserved medieval sights like the fortified walls and town hall.
During medieval times, Rothenburg was a free imperial city, which meant having a protective wall was compulsory. Four kilometres of walls and 46 defensive towers are still standing today, lined with information boards encouraging tourists to learn more of this town’s unique history. Don’t forget to stop along the way to take in the magnificent views of the Tauber Valley.
The next stop on your Romantic Road tour is Dinkelsbühl, another free imperial city enclosed by medieval walls. The Renaissance buildings and breathtaking gatehouses make this one of the most romantic stops along your trail. Enjoy wandering through the winding, cobbled streets, passing local shops and family-run cafes.
The fascinating St. George church should also be on your to-do list. Discover this 15th-century hall church in the centre of the city; its Late-Gothic architecture making it stand out in the skyline. Its bell tower is a poignant feature and allows visitors to go up and enjoy the views of the city. Why not give it a go yourself?
If you want to avoid the crowds of Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber but still experience medieval walls, ensure you stop at Nordlingen, where ancient walls stretch 3 kilometres around the whole town. Walk along these or take a trip up the Kirchturm Daniel observation deck to get amazing views of the town.
With red-roofed buildings in the foreground and the fields of Franconia in the background, it should come as no surprise that this destination was used for the backdrop in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.It might now make sense why some refer to Nordlingen as a chocolate-box town.
The Romantic Road is the perfect choice for anyone who wishes to see some of Germany’s most charming towns and their unique attractions. Contact us via our website or call us on 0800 988 3369 and we’ll tailor-make your holiday so that it includes all the places you want to visit.