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Romantic Road and Rothenburg from Munich

1. Romantic Road and Rothenburg from Munich

This trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems, will first take you to the Harburg: one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved castle complexes in southern Germany. This perfectly situated castle was first mentioned in documents of the 11th century and, with its surrounding village, retains the feel of the middle ages. Be enchanted by its historic flair and delve deep into its history. After visiting the castle, and pausing for coffee, you will drive on through the wondrous scenery of the Nördlinger Ries – the giant depression left by an ancient meteor in the Swabian landscape. Travelling via Dinkelsbühl, with its towers and spires, you will reach Rothenburg, a perfectly restored mediaeval town. Here you will have time for extensive exploration. Meander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Pick up a treasure or two in the boutiques, or have a meal in an exclusive restaurant. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour you will surely see one of the most beautiful regions of south Germany.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

2. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Enjoy a morning tour to the romantic city of Heidelberg situated on the River Neckar, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's simply magical. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a stunning combination of architectural styles stretching from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the imposing terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. You then wander through the medieval town center. Here you will see the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade and discover the old narrow lanes with their half-timbered houses. Heidelberg is also home to Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories. And if you still have some time to spare, you can philosophize on Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or discover the excellent regional wines – the two go together quite nicely.

Zurich: Black Forest, Titisee, and Rhine Falls Bus Day Trip

3. Zurich: Black Forest, Titisee, and Rhine Falls Bus Day Trip

Travel to Northern Switzerland and the Black Forest on this day trip in a climate-controlled bus from Zurich. Have some free time to explore the charming town of Titisee and capture pictures the most powerful waterfall in Europe at Rhine Falls.  Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in views of the sparkling waters of Lake Schluchsee on the way to the town of Titisee. Listen to a short introduction on how the locals get the popular cuckoo clocks to sing at the Drubba watch showroom. Spend some time exploring the town at your own pace where you can purchase a boat ride on the lake or buy a delicious slice of Black Forest cake which is made with cherry brandy. Hop back aboard the bus for a drive through impressive spruce forests and the town of Lenzkirch. Arrive at the Rhine Falls to admire this stunning waterfall that is 150-meters wide. Have some free time where you can purchase a boat cruise before returning to the Zurich HB train station.

From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

4. From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

Take a trip down an authentic German holiday route. Sample locally-made wines, and explore local landmarks in the company of a guide in historical costume. Begin your trip outside Würzburg main station. Board your air-conditioned coach, cross the River Main, and head for the vineyards of the Tauber Valley. Cruise past Bad Mergentheim and the wine town of Markelsheim as you enjoy your journey. Alight at Weikersheim to meet your guide in historical costume. Be led through a renaissance castle and park, designed in the style of Versailles. Encounter Röttingen, regarded as Germany's first European city, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, claimed to be the most romantic city in Germany. Taste 3 different wines from the Markelsheim winegrowers' cooperative. Start with a welcome glass of Secco on the journey out, then enjoy a Müller Thurgau or Silvaner white as you drive along the vineyards in the Tauber Valley, and a glass of red on your way home.

Stuttgart: Stand Up Paddling Rental

5. Stuttgart: Stand Up Paddling Rental

Come to the Riverhouse in Stuttgart Münster and enjoy some beautiful hours spent on the River Neckar. First, you will be equipped with the paddles and life jackets. Then, you get a short introduction to the sport before you can start your adventure on the water. You have the possibility to rent a SUP-Board for 2 hours. During this time you can enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar and have a great time with your family, friends, or your partner. The available route map shows you which routes and tours are passable and which corners of the Neckar you can explore. After a long day, you can order some drinks and food and relax at the beach.

Alsace Villages Wine Route Day Trip from Strasbourg

6. Alsace Villages Wine Route Day Trip from Strasbourg

Head south departing from Strasbourg where the first stop will be in Bergheim, a superb village on the wine route that contains many hidden wonders within its medieval walls. You will then have the opportunity to visit the charming town of Ribeauvillé, the ancient fief of the Lords of Ribeaupierre. History will call out to you on every one of its pedestrian streets.  After a visit to Hunawihr and a photo stop in front of its famous fountain, enjoy lunch in the village of Riquewihr, one of the best known in the region —  particularly renowned because of its idyllic location in the heart of the vineyard. The tour will continue to two villages that are equally famous for their historical character: Kaysersberg and Eguisheim. Wine-lovers especially will appreciate the next stop at the famous Belvédère Cattin, where you can take in a stunning panoramic view of the Alsace Plain with the Black Forest in the distance. At this stop, you can also check out an art gallery and buy some Alsace wine, if you wish. Head back to Strasbourg at the end of the afternoon, after a day filled with great memories and beautiful images.

Strasbourg: Black Forest and Baden Baden Day Trip

7. Strasbourg: Black Forest and Baden Baden Day Trip

Departing from the city of Strasbourg, take part in a shared small-group day trip that will take you to one of the most emblematic regions of Germany. After meeting with your English-speaking guide in a centrally located meeting point in Strasbourg, depart for the town of Baden-Baden. Cross the nearby border of France into Germany, leaving the Grand Est region and entering the state of Baden Württemberg. The Black Forest is a forested mountain range bordered by the Rhine Valley to both the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 meters. The name Black Forest comes from the general dark color of the numerous pine trees that grow in this region, and both the Black Forest gateau and cuckoo clock originate from this region. You soon arrive to the town of Baden Baden, a city which has attracted royalty, the rich, and celebrities throughout centuries. Follow your guide and discover the numerous architectural splendors and magnificent villas that are lined along the Lichtentaler Allee. After this short walking tour, admire the landscape as your tour follows the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse. There, the numerous viewpoints and belvedere will allow you to take in the stunning scenes of the Upper Rhine Valley of the Vosges Mountain Range of France in the distance. You later arrive to the pretty Mummelsee Lake, where you have some free time for personal discovery and lunch. With a circumference of 800 meters, a depth of 17 meters, and an elevation of 1,036 meters, Mummelsee is the largest, deepest, and highest of the Seven Cirque Lakes. Whilst there you might want to try local food such as cured meats, or the world-famous Black Forest cake. Following your tour, begin your return journey to Strasbourg. After a break for lunch your tour continues along the wine route of the Badischerweinstrasse. This wine route is the longest in Germany, spanning more than 500 kilometers. The route is lined with charming small towns, picturesque villages, beautiful landscapes, and mighty castles. Among a few stops made on your return journey is the village of Sasbachwalden. Set in the vineyards, this well-tended village is famous for having won the prestigious national "flowering of the villages" exam. This can be seen as you stroll through the streets and admire the gorgeous flower-decked half-timber houses. Following this final stop, your tour returns to Strasbourg.

From Colmar: 3 Villages in France, Germany, and Switzerland

8. From Colmar: 3 Villages in France, Germany, and Switzerland

Your 3-country adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Colmar. On your way to Germany, you’ll pass by the by the fortified village of Neuf-Brisach, a UNESCO world heritage site dating back to the late 17th century. From there, you'll drive to Germany and visit Freiburg, one of the treasures of German state Baden-Württemberg. Amble through the streets that seem ripped straight from a fairytale, taking note of the channels of water that runs right alongside sidewalks. Afterwards, you'll pass through another border bound for Basel in Switzerland. Divided in 2 parts by the Rhine river, the city has much to offer, with its picturesque bridges, narrow, winding alleyways, and stunning cathedrals. Wandering through the medieval town of Great Basel, look for the unique cultural aspects of the city that differentiate it from other Swiss towns. Your day trip ends in perhaps the most charming and beautiful village in France: Eguisheim. Situated just south of Colmar, the town runs in concentric circles around a central plaza. With tightly packed antique houses painted in brightly-colored hues, quaint shops, and a medieval castle, there are few villages in the world that so truly harken back to another age. After your border-crossing adventure is over, you’ll return to your accommodation in Colmar.

From Zurich: Private 4 Countries in 1 Full-Day Tour

9. From Zurich: Private 4 Countries in 1 Full-Day Tour

Uncover the best of 4 countries in 1 day on this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Zurich, sit back and relax in the comfort of a private vehicle as you drive along Lake Zurich, Obersee and Walensee, admiring green hills and valleys along the way. Then, cross the border into Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Here, marvel at the emblem of the city, the imposing Vaduz Castle, then visit the famous post-office with its high-in-demand stamps. Next, continue to Bregenz in Western Austria, located on the shores of Lake Constance. Here, see sights such as Martins Tower, Lake Promenade and the famous Kunsthaus Kub. Afterward, proceed to the main sightseeing location in Southern Germany, Lindau, where you can admire majestic townhouses and breathtaking views. Later, continue to the German city of Meersburg, where you will drive over the bridge to reach the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein. Enjoy some free time to wander through the narrow streets of the city's fairytale-like Old Town and marvel at its preserved, half-timbered medieval houses with their extravagantly painted facades. After a full day's sightseeing, get dropped off back at your hotel in Zurich.

Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

10. Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the Romantic Road, Germany's oldest and most loved holiday route. Travel through Würzburg into the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the epitome of German romanticism. Depart Frankfurt in the morning, start the drive through the Spessart to Würzburg. Passing the university town, the Tauber Valley will be reached. Bad Mergentheim and Markelsheim are located where three major wine-growing regions come together. Drive to the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the official starting point of the Romantic Road. Crossing the River Main, enjoy views of the Marienberg Fortress and the Käppele, the Chapel of Grace. Visit the city of Weikersheim next, where the Renaissance castle and the Baroque garden can be visited. See the historic market square, then pass Röttingen, Germany’s first European town, and Creglingen. Rothenburg ob der Tauber will be reached at lunch time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must when traveling in Europe. Famous sights are the medieval town wall, the historical marketplace, the town hall, the Gothic Parish Church of St. Jakob, and the Plönlein, an area featuring a colorful timber-frame house. The tour ends round-trip back in Frankfurt.

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What people are saying about Baden-Württemberg

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Smiley was our driver and Elizabeth our guide. Both were extremely nice and friendly, and we had a wonderful time with them. Elizabeth thought us a lot of things we didn't know in Munich and along the way through Harbour castle. The castle is medieval and really nice. Price is 9 eur which is not included in the trip cost (the only thing I did not like). Rothenburg is a dreamy village and worth visiting it.

Good choice of small cities and towns to visit. All close by. At most 40 minutes by car from one to the other. Eguisheim is 5-10 minutes from Colmar.

Awesome day , would not have seen most the attractions and city had I did this city visit on my own , highly recommended.

Amazing guide and bus driver! Pleasant drive! History, views and free time for wandering around!

Beautiful place, the guide Elisabeth gave a lot of information and was very good