The Romantic Road

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  • 1. Hohes Schloss

    One of the best-preserved late-Gothic castles in Germany, Hohes Schloss (High Castle) was built on the site of the Roman fortress that once guarded this...Read More

  • 2. Münster

    Ulm's Minster, built by the citizens of their own initiative, is the largest evangelical church in Germany and one of the most elaborately decorated. Its...Read More

  • 3. Rathaus

    Augsburg's town hall was Germany's largest when it was built in the early 1600s; it's now regarded as the finest secular Renaissance structure north of...Read More

  • 4. Residenz und Hofgarten Würzburg

    Würzburg's prince-bishops lived in this glorious baroque palace after moving down from the hilltop Festung Marienberg. Construction started in 1719 under the brilliant direction of...Read More

  • 5. Schloss Harburg

    At the point where the little Wörnitz River breaks through the Franconian Jura Mountains, 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Nördlingen, you'll find one of...Read More

  • 6. Schloss Hohenschwangau

    Built by the knights of Schwangau in the 12th century, this castle was later updated by the Bavarian crown prince Maximilian, father of King Ludwig...Read More

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  • 7. Schloss Miltenberg

    You won't want to miss the walk up to medieval Schloss Miltenberg (c. 1200), if only for stunning views of the town, ramparts, and river....Read More

  • 8. Schloss Neuschwanstein

    Bavaria's Fairy-Tale King, Ludwig II, commissioned a stage designer in 1868 to create this over-the-top architectural masterpiece high atop Swan's Rock and overlooking the peaceful...Read More

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  • 9. Stadtmauer

    Rothenburg's city walls are more than 4 km (2½ miles) long and dotted with 42 red-roofed watchtowers. Due to its age, only about half of...Read More

  • 10. Alte Mainbrücke

    A stone bridge—Germany's first—built in 1120 once stood on this site, over the Main River, but that ancient structure was replaced beginning in 1476. Twin...Read More

  • 11. Augsburg Puppenkiste

    This children's puppet theater next to Rotes Tor has been an institution in Germany from its inception in 1948, and it's still loved by kids...Read More

  • 12. Bavarian Railway Museum

    This open-air museum features more than 100 vintage railroad engines and coaches, including steam engines from 1917 to the diesels and electrics of the mid-1900s,...Read More

  • 13. Brechthaus

    This modest artisan's house was the birthplace of the renowned playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956), author of Mother Courage and The Threepenny Opera. It's now a...Read More

  • 14. Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum

    It's Christmas year-round at the German Christmas Museum, a hit among visitors even in the summer heat, as it provides an in-depth history of the...Read More

  • 15. Dom St. Kilian

    Construction on Würzburg's Romanesque cathedral, the fourth-largest of its kind in Germany, began in 1045. Centuries of design are contained under one roof; the side...Read More

  • 16. Dom St. Maria

    Augsburg's imposing cathedral contains the oldest cycle of stained glass in central Europe and important paintings by local resident Hans Holbein the Elder, which adorn...Read More

  • 17. Festung Marienberg

    Visible from just about anywhere in town, this hilltop complex was the original home of the prince-bishops, beginning in the 13th century. The oldest buildings,...Read More

  • 18. Fugger und Welser Erlebnismuseum

    This museum, housed in a fine restored Renaissance building, is dedicated to two of the city's most influential benefactors, the Fugger and Welser families, whose...Read More

  • 19. Fuggerei and Fuggerhäuser

    The world's oldest social housing project, this settlement was established by the wealthy Fugger family in 1516 to accommodate employees of the family's textile mills...Read More

  • 20. Fuggerhäuser

    Historic Home

    The 16th-century house and business quarters of the Fugger family now has a restaurant in its cellar and offices on the upper floors. Only the...Read More

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