The first time we visited some of the towns on the Romantic Road route, we took a bus from Munich. We had stops in Dinkelsbuhl and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.... It was a day trip. At the end of a long day, we caught a train back to Munich. That was all the time and money we had on that first trip, but it just whetted our appetite to see more of the towns preserved along this road. And if that's all the time you have, it works.
There are buses that run daily both north and south along the Romantischestrasse between April and October. Much of the time it is actually a guided bus tour with commentary. You could break your trip and spend more than the couple of hours they give you to explore Dinkelsbuhl, a walled town of character and beauty and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Both towns deserve more time. That's why a car rental from Frankfurt or Munich is so essential as it offers you the opportunity to linger for some time while making use of overnight accommodation in the area.
You can reach most of the main destinations by train.There are plenty of tours that will take you along this route as part of a tour of Germany too.
If you like active travel and have the time and energy, you can tour by bike. Tourist Offices can provide maps and information for cyclists. Bikes can be rented at train stations. If you're really adventurous, there are campgrounds all along the way.
There are plenty of hotels and Bed-and-Breakfasts (zimmers in German.... look for the zimmer-frei signs). These range in price from reasonable to expensive.
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We think the best way to enjoy the Romantic Road route is to rent a car and drive along spending as much time as you want in each of the little towns along the way.
The Romatischestrasse is one of the most popular tourist routes in all of Germany. All the towns tend to be crowded during the day in the summer.... especially Dinkelsbuhl and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. All the more reason to get there on your own and spend the night in one of them when the day trippers will be gone, and you can explore the streets in peace.
Because the whole region is so well organized for tourists, you can get lots of information at Tourist Offices at all of the towns. There are plenty of places to eat and drink.
However you plan to see this scenic and historic route, plan to spend a few days... Allow enough time so you don't have to fight the crowds. Try to go in off peak seasons. But if all you can manage is a day or two during the summer.... go for it. The Romantic Road is worth it, and just like it did for us on our first trip there, it will whet your appetite to explore more of it. Read more information about the Romantic Road here
Driving your Rental Car on The Romantic Road
Driving the Romantic Road is easy due to the excellent road system and signage throughout Bavaria, providing you heed them and drive being aware that you will be passing through historic villages and towns. In between these there is beautiful scenery and it is farming country that varies according to the geography with plenty of vineyards where applicable. Regulate your speed according to the traffic, such as farm machinery and tractors on the road.
The locals are friendly and helpful, but mostly will be going about their lives as they make their living here in their rural communities and will mostly not be aware that you are a tourist passing by.
The road is typical country secondary surfaced road and in good condition with many roundabouts at the intersections. Take time to explore from these intersections onto the alternate directions, to make the most of your sightseeing experience.
It is recommended that you a bigger powerful engine rental car is best for doing this trip, as at first you will be contending with the fast German brands on the autobahn for the first part of your trip out of Frankfurt or Munich.
If you approach the route out of Munich, Fussen is a good location to stay over, as accommodation can be found at a reasonable price. It's also very useful as a base to explore the area and make trips to the castles: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle.
Some visitors come to tour the castles and leave immediately afterwards leaving the beautiful little town unexplored. This is a great pity as there is much to see in Füssen and the surrounding area if you know what you are looking for! There are magnificant lakes with beautiful views, hiking trails and the "Kalvarienberg" which has the "Stations of the Cross" on it.
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You should certainly have this on road trip on your what to see in Germany wish list! -to tour the Romantic Road in Germany is a tourists' dream. The road stretches through Bavaria from Wurtzburg, near Frankfurt to Fussen near Munich. Traveling from Frankfurt to Munich, you could fly, or take a train directly between them... but really, the way you should go is via the Romantic Road by rental car.
This is in reality a historic route.... a trade route during the Middle Ages... and prior to that it was a Roman highway. The towns strung along this road still retain much of their medieval character... towns with walls and gateways and towers. The Romantischestrasse, as a tourist, route was organized in the 1950s by the mayors of the towns to inspire more tourism.... And they were extremely successful!
The quaint towns could call you all by themselves, but the beauty of the Romantic Road is that it passes through some of Germany's most scenic countryside... all the way into the Alps.
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