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The romantic route to Germany

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There’s no better way to see Bavaria than along the romantic road. This scenic route takes you through forests, mountains and small fairytale towns in Germany.  Although it can be booked in one day, we advise you to take your time so that you can enjoy everything to the fullest. 4 days on the Romantic Route in Germany will give you enough time to see all the important sights while exploring all that Germany has to offer.

Driving on the romantic road

Driving on a romantic road in Germany

If you drive in several European countries, you can get an International Driving Permit (IDP). This is a driving licence valid in more than 150 countries.

You can only drive in Germany with a standard driving license.

Car rental in Germany

If you rent or lease a car in Germany, make sure that you are prepared to drive a car with manual transmission. You may find the machine, but it costs you more and you have less choice.

I also recommend paying an advance for the GPS.

4 Romantic day route

Day 1: Kreglingen and Rothenburg

Start in Munich and drive south to Würzburg, where you will see the 18th century residential castle. Century and the fortress Marienberg can be explored and then brought to Krugglingen. Here you would like to spend about an hour in Gergottskyrch and possibly in the thimble museum, where you can dine in Rothenburg an der Tauber before checking into your hotel and possibly make a trip to the night watchman.

Second day: Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl and Augsburg

Learn more about Rothenburg during the day before going to Dinkelsbühl and then to Augsburg, where you have to spend the night.

Third day: Weis, Schwangau & Fussen

Spend the morning in Augsburg with a guided tour in the style of the German Renaissance, then go to Weiss for a visit to Viskirch and finally to Neuschwanstein Castle. Plan an overnight stay in nearby Füssen.

Day 4: Chicken

Discover everything the feet have to offer before you reach your next destination.

What you see on your romantic 4-day trip.

View of the Marienberg fortress in Würzburg


Take the time to visit the fortress of Marienberg. Originally this place was a Celtic castle. Later, the first church was built in Würzburg, which was completed in the 13th century. For centuries the fort was rebuilt.

The fortress of Marienberg

During the Renaissance and Baroque period the fortress was enlarged and rebuilt several times. The most beautiful part of the Marienberg fortress is the view of the city of Würzburg.

Front of the church in Kreglingen


Drive through this small town along Romantic Street and stop at Gergottskyrch.

The history of the construction of this church goes back to the fact that a farmer built the church in the middle of the 14th century. At the end of the 19th century, he claims to have found an intact home for communion in the field he was ploughing.

It was considered a sign that the congregation had built a church in this area.

The era of Herrgottskyrhe Kruglingen

In the church there is one of the most famous wooden altars, designed in the Middle Ages by Tilmann Riemenschneider.


Rothenburg an der Tauber

In my opinion, Rothenburg is the most important city on the romantic route in Germany. It’s like time stopped and everything was the way it was.

Rothenburg, Germany Street

Probably because this city was spared destruction during the Second World War, because an American general once stayed here on holiday and fell in love with its charm.

If possible, don’t forget to spend the night here and discover everything Rothenburg has to offer.

Augsburg Germany


Augsburg, the largest city on the German Romantic Road, is home to the German Renaissance and Rococo.

Take the time to visit the Town Hall, the Perlachthurm and the Chesslerpole (chess palace).



The most important place to come here is Whiskirkhe. It is a famous place of pilgrimage, because in 1738 tears are said to have been shed on the decaying wooden figure of Jesus.

Many of those who came to pray for the statue claimed that they had been miraculously cured.

Inner age in Whiskirch

The interior of the church is breathtaking and richly decorated. Give it about 30 minutes to check. Admission is free, but donations are accepted (and encouraged).

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle


In this Bavarian village you can visit Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau. Neuschwanstein is the fairytale castle of the mad King Ludwig, for which the castle was founded from Cinderella to Walt Disney.

View of Neuschwanstein Castle

You can take pictures outside the castle and take a view from the castle, but not inside the castle.
Despite his beauty, King Ludwig only lived in Neuschwanstein for six months. He grew up in Hohenschwangau Castle, visible from Neuschwanstein.

You can visit the castle yourself or as part of a combined ticket with Neuschwanstein. Whichever way you choose to see one or the other or both, make sure you book in advance to avoid long occupations.


The end of the Romantic Route (or the beginning) leaves you at the border between Austria and the Alps. These beautiful lakes against a backdrop of mountains (and castles) are breathtaking.


The old town will fascinate you with many things that will fill your day. Visit the Baroque churches and the oldest preserved Bavarian fresco (circa 980).

Did you take the romantic German road? What’s your favorite channel?

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