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Classic Trips: Driving Germany's Romantic Road

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Fly into: Frankfurt Fly out of: Munich
Total Duration: 7 days

This trip follows the Romantic Road, one of Germany's oldest tourist routes. Created after World War II to lure visitors, it includes sweeping vistas, fairy-tale castles, and ancient cathedrals—the most romantic sights of Germany on one car trip.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Great Drive
  • Food and Wine
  • History
  • Architecture
Day 1
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1 Frankfurt

Germany's Business Capital

  • Check out the city's South Bank, chock full of restaurants and bars
  • Goethe's house has been carefully restored to its original specifications here
  • Kids will dig the dinos at Frankfurt's Natural History Museum
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
  • Nightlife
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Day 2
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Wurzburg Tourism Congress/German National Tourism Board

2 Würzburg

Pearl of the Romantic Road

  • Visit the Residence, home to Würzburg's prince-bishops
  • The Main-Franconian Museum traces the city's history with varied items like toys and wine presses
  • The Baroque Juliusspital was once a home for the sick but is now a winery
  • Architecture
  • Great Drive
  • History
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Day 3
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Rothenburg Tourismus Service/German National Tourism Board

3 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Picturesque beyond belief

  • Explore the town's medieval streets, and patrol the city walls with the night watchmen
  • The Doll and Toy Museum's collection features more than 1,000 specimens
  • Rothenburg's Town Hall dates back to 1240
  • Great Drive
  • Museums
  • Natural Beauty
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Day 4
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4 Nördlingen

"All Clear" on the Romantic Road

  • "So G'sell so" resounds from the St. Georg church every half-hour from 10 p.m. to midnight.
  • Cycle the Reis, a basin-like depression formed by a meteor strike
  • Great Drive
  • History
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Day 5
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5 Augsburg

Bavaria's Third-Largest City

  • Augsburg's Cathedral, the Dom St. Maria, dates to the 9th century
  • The Fuggerei is the world's oldest social housing project, dating to 1516; the rent is still "one Rhenish guilder"
  • Die Ecke is one of the region's best restaurants, particularly renowned for its wine list
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
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Day 6
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6 Hohenschwangau

A Fairy-Tale Castle

  • Visit the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany's most famous
  • Across the valley, see Hohenschwangau, an inspiration for Wagner's Ring Cycle
  • Stop for the view on the Marienbrücke
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Natural Beauty
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Day 7
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7 Munich

Bavaria's Traditional Capital

  • It's not just about Oktoberfest. This town loves its suds year round, from sipping in a beer garden to the craziness of the Hofbrauhaus
  • The walk up may be long—86 steps—but the view from the top of the 14th-century Frauenkirche can't be beat
  • Work off all the beer and sausages with a bike ride or a stroll among the Englischer Garden's lakes and parks
  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
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