Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

The Romantic Road Travel Guide

  • Photo: JeniFoto / Shutterstock

Plan Your Romantic Road Vacation

Of all the tourist routes that crisscross Germany, none rivals the Romantische Strasse, or Romantic Road. The scenery is more pastoral than spectacular, but the route is memorable for the medieval towns, villages, castles, and churches that anchor its 355-km (220-miles) length. Many of these are tucked away beyond low hills, their spires and towers just visible through the greenery.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Neuschwanstein Emerald lakes, the pastoral countryside, and the rugged peaks of the Alps surround what's become the most famous storybook castle in the world.
  2. Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber The Middle Ages never looked so good as in this quaint walled village. If you stay overnight, you can patrol the city walls with the night watchman after the tour buses have left town.
  3. Wieskirche Join the local Bavarians who flock to this pilgrimage church, a rococo gem in pristine Alpine fields.
  4. Ulm's Münster Work off all that hearty Swabian cuisine with a climb up the 768 steps of this church's tower, the highest of its kind in the world.
  5. Würzburg’s Residenz Explore the gilt and crystal splendor of this lavish palace, once the home of prince-bishops.

When To Go

When to Go

Late summer and early autumn are the best times to travel the Romantic Road, when the grapes ripen on the vines around Würzburg and the geraniums ...

Read More



Trip Finder

Fodor's Germany

View Details
Travel Phrases

Learn German Phrases before or while you're on the go!

Download Now
Travel Deals