Located in Germany's southern provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, you will find the Romantic Road. For those of us who grew up with the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, it's is a must see. Although the brothers never lived in the south - they grew up in central Germany and later moved to Berlin - they still managed to capture the scenery in their novels. Remember the woods where Snow White resettled when her wicked stepmother was after her heart? Or the amazing ballroom where Cinderella lost her shoe but found true love? The Romantic Road is this and more. It is not all fairy tales and beautiful scenery though. The route offers great spots to dine, visit wineries, do some shopping or get to know the local culture. If you are planning a trip to Germany, The Romantic Route is a great self-drive holiday destination. The route itself goes through 16 towns, all just as unique and amazing. Let us give you sneak peek of five towns that you will drive through.
115 kilometres east of Frankfurt sits the romantic town of Wurzburg. Settled on the banks of the Main River, this storybook town is overlooked by the stunning Marienberg Fortress. Stop in at a cafe near the Old Main Bridge and take in your surroundings whilst enjoying some of the local wine. The Wurzburg area is Germany's biggest wine-producing area, so a good glass of Franconia is definitely in order. Wurzburg is also home to the Residenz, an incredible French style palace and former home of Bavarian royalty. 24 years in the making, the castle includes a church, a staircase with the largest fresco in the world and the Emperors hall. A definite must see.
150 kilometres down from Wurzburg you will find the town Nordlingen. It is the only remaining walled medieval town in Germany and is far less touristic than the other towns on the route. The town was first mentioned back in 898 and the wall was built in the 14th century. The city is home to one of the largest churches in Germany, the St. Georgskirche. Climb the 90 metre tower and enjoy the view. If you recognise the view, it's probably because you have seen it before! Nordlingen was the town shown in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) when the lift flies away.
Augsburg is home to one of the most impressive renaissance style buildings on the north side of the Alps: The Augsburg town hall. After 5 years of construction, and 4 years of interior design, the building was finished in 1624. It replaced the old original 13th century Augsburger Rathaus. If you think the Town hall is impressive you should visit the Perlachturm. This 70-metre-tall tower was built in 989 and is now part of the city's town hall. Another local land mark is the Augsburg Cathredral, which was built around the same time as the Perlachturm. It has some unusual features due to a reconstruction in the 15th century, activities during the Protestant Reformation and a bombing the Second World War. It is because of this that the church has a unique feeling to it. If you're visiting the town in summer, sit down on one of the major baroque fountains with a book from Bertolt Brecht. Why Brecht you ask? The writer grew up in this enchanting town.
Fussen is the last destination on the Romatic Route. It is a real treat to visit and worth the 343 kilometres drive. With the city is located on a lake with magnificent Alps in the background, there's no better place for the 'grand final'. The most famous landmark is the Neuschwanstein Castle, a castle that would make Brothers Grimm's princesses see green from envy. The castle appeared in many movies and was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. It appears to be medieval, but The King of Bavaria, Ludwig the second, commissioned the construction in 1868. His close friend and famous composer Richard Wagner would live in the castle. It replaced the ruins of two twin castles. Neuschwanstein's less popular sister is the Hohenschwangau Castle. It was built by Ludwig's father who discovered the remains of fortress Schuanga, first mentioned in the 12th century. The king decided to make this his new home and rebuilt the castle in the style of the Gothic period. These are just a couple of examples; The Romantic Route is made up of 16 towns. Get lost in beautiful forests or wonder through castles, town halls and churches with amazing architecture. The Romantic Route will take you through places where 'once upon a time' suddenly comes to life. Don't be surprised when you find yourself wondering if Cinderella might have happened for real.
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