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We're teleporting to the Middle Ages!: 6 Things To Know About the Romantic Road Route in Germany

The Romantic Road is a popular tourist route that runs from central Germany and descends towards the South. The Northern tail of the route ends in Wüzburg and the Southern in Füssen. There are a total of 28 towns dating back to the Middle Ages on the Romantic Road as well as picturesque villages, castles, churches and beautiful scenic spots. Nestled at the foot of the German Alps in the Bavarian region, the Romantic Road, reveals a different side of Germany. We have prepared a list of tips that you should follow before your journey on the Romantic Road!

1. Start from the North

Many are curious, and rightly so, where exactly the Romantic Road begins. We advise that you start from the North and head South. Make your starting point Frankfurt. By booking a flight to Frankfurt, you can start the Romantic Road from Würzburg which is approximately 120 km away and the first stop on the route. End the trip in Füssen at the Neuschwanstein Castle, 131 km away in Münih.

North to South

Würzburg

Tauberbischofsheim - 38 km

Lauda-Königshofen - 10 km

Creglingen - 25 km

Rothenburg ob der Tauber - 19 km

Dinkelsbühl - 45 km

Nördlingen - 32 km

Harburg - 17 km

Donauwörth - 12 km

Augsburg - 44 km

Landsberg am Lech - 39 km

Schongau - 29 km

Pfaffenwinkel (Rottenbuch) - 17 km

Schwangau - 29 km

Füssen - 4 km

2. 28 towns to discover on the Romantic Road

There are plenty of picturesque towns to discover en route. Here are some historic or scenic towns to discover; Würzburg, Wertheim, Tauberbischofsheim, Lauda-Königshofen, Bad Mergentheim, Weikersheim, Röttingen, Creglingen, Rothenburg, Schillingsfürst, Feuchtwangen, Dinkelsbühl, Wallerstein, Nördlingen, Harburg, Donauwörth, Augsburg, Friedberg, Landsberg am Lech, Hohenfurch, Schongau, Peiting, Rottenbuch, Wildsteig, Steingaden, Halblech, Schwangau and Füssen.

3. It takes 5-7 days tops to cover the route

The towns that stretch along the Romantic Road are brimming with natural scenic spots and historic places. It takes around 5 days to view the historic places but if you want to take in all the sights it may take up to 7 days.

4. Must-see towns!

IF you have the dates set, it is time to look into the sightseeing. A week is more than enough time, but you may want to pick an choose a list for a 5-day plan. Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Schwangau, Nürnberg and Füssen are the top picks. Heidelberg, Bamberg, Dinkelsbühl, Wallerstein, Tauberbischofsheim, Bad Mergentheim, Landsberg on the Lech, Weikersheim, Creglingen, and Nördlingen are some other spots to visit.

5. Best modes of transportation

There are numerous modes of transport on the Romantic Road. Span the entire route by car, train, bus or even bicycle. If you prefer to travel by train, bus, or bike it is best to research the special bus and train routes, and the stops designed for the route before you travel; The bike route requires extensive research.

If you travel 3-4 hours drive a day, you can complete the length of the Romantic Road in around 5 days. This will buy you the time to explore the castles, vineyards and authentic medieval castle on the way. Those of you traveling should plan the villages you wish to stay in advance that way you can enjoy a smooth, detour-free journey. If you have drawn up a route, check the best hotel options here.

6. Prominent places to see on the Romantic Road

A host of historic spots and scenic views line the Romantic Road. Neuschwanstein Castle in Würzburg is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Some other must-see places are the Residenz Palace, Eltz Castle, Harburg Castle, Wies Castle, Ulm Cathedral, Forggensee, Linderhof Palace.