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Romantic Road

Let your imagination take wing along this scenic route, with its enchanting valleys, medieval towns, and castles.

Romantic Road: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

1. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

Take a scenic ride to the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof with skip-the-line entry. Experience the lush beauty of the German countryside and learn the history of the area from your local guide. In the morning, travel in comfort from Munich to Linderhof Palace for a guided tour. Discover the history of the castle before continuing to the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Explore the village and hear about traditional crafts from the local woodcarvers. At noon, head along the Romantische Straße (Romantic Road) to Neuschwanstein Castle. Stop for lunch (not included) on arrival or go directly to the Marienbrücke bridge. In the afternoon, explore Neuschwanstein Castle, before a relaxing ride back to Munich.

From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

2. From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

Take a trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems on a guided tour from Munich. Discover the natural beauty of the region, and the charming town of Rothenburg. After departure from Munich, travel first to Harburg which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castle complexes in Germany. This perfectly situated castle 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. Take some free time here for extensive exploration. Wander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour, be amazed by the beautiful region of southern Germany.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip by Van

3. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip by Van

Spend a day in picturesque Bavaria with this van tour from Munich. Spend the day enjoying a drive on the Romantic Road in the Bavarian Alps. On the way to the castle of Neuschwanstein, you’ll pass through old, quaint Bavarian villages and scenic countryside. When you reach Neuschwanstein you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the castle, which was built in the 19th century in the Romanesque Revival style. The palace sits on a craggy hill commanding views of the village of Hohenschwangau below. From the Marienbridge you’ll have breathtaking views of the castle. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a royal retreat and in honor of Richard Wagner, the composer. After the death of Ludwig II, the palace was opened to the public in 1886, and now hosts more than 1.3 million visitors each year. Neuschwanstein has appeared in numerous movies and was also used as a model for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland. You’ll walk through a lovely gorge featuring cascades and waterfalls. On the way back you’ll stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Church of Wieskirch built in the 17th century. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a Bavarian cheese farm, where you can purchase an optional cheese and sausage platter with freshly baked bread. Enjoy the spectacular, 360-degree mountain views from the farm.

From Frankfurt: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wine Tour

4. From Frankfurt: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wine Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg on der Tauber. Taste some regional wines during the journey, and see the main sights of the charming city of Rothenburg with your guide. Depart from in front of Frankfurt's main train station in the morning and travel through the Tauber Valley, the wine-growing region of Germany's oldest holiday route. Pass small villages such as Weikersheim and catch a glimpse of its magnificent Renaissance palace and its beautiful park. On the way from Frankfurt to Rothenburg make a stop to taste some regional wines including sparkling wine and dry white wine. Make a brief photo stop in the city of Würzburg and see the Prince Bishop's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is considered one of Germany`s most romantic towns, and a medieval architectural jewel. See the main sights of the town with your guide, such as the town wall with its numerous towery and gates. Stroll around the Market Place with its magnificent Town Hall and many half-timbered houses. Admire the exterior of the Church of St. Jakob and the "Plönlein." You will also have time for lunch, reserved at a restaurant at your own expense. Pay a visit to The German Christmas Museum, which highlights festive traditions and history in Germany. Or, you may visit the Medieval Crime Museum with its historical collection of objects relating to medieval law. On the return journey to Frankfurt am Main, stop for a glass of Tauberschwarz red wine. Finally, be returned to central Frankfurt in the evening.

From Würzburg: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

5. From Würzburg: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day out in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and see this romantic and medieval city from the comfort of a bus and on a walking tour. Visit the Renaissance castle, the wine region of the Tauber Valley, and the Baroque garden all in a day. Head out of charming Würzburg along the the River Main through the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a bus. Stop in Weikersheim for a visit of this historic town, the Renaissance castle, and the fabulous park laid out in the style of Versailles. See the unforgettable skyline of Rothenburg, a former Free Imperial Town placed high over the steep Tauber Valley with its complete medieval townscape. This outstanding architectural jewel is a must-see when visiting Germany, as hardly any other city embodies history so impressively and vividly.  Follow the night watchman as he guides you through the city's picturesque alleys. Here, the stones speak, so to speak, and tell tales of rulers and the magic of the Middle Ages. Cosmopolitanism, idyll, and a 1,000-year history work together to create a unique flair.  Return to Würzburg brimming with history of medieval ages and with unforgettable memories of a stunning landscape.

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What people are saying about Romantic Road

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 689 reviews

Such a great experience. The tour guide taught us so much about the history of the romantic road, which leads us to rothenburg and it goes further. On the way to rothenburg, we made multiple stops along the romantic road at such beautiful villages. Then rothenburg was so so beautiful. Overall 10/10 would highly recommend this tour if you are looking for a day trip from Frankfurt.

Very well organized tour, and in my view, a bargain at the price we paid. Monica was an outstanding tour guide, and Smiley was a terrific driver. Both were very accommodating and went above and beyond. Thanks!

A very interesting trip to the designated places with lots to see and enjoy. And the tour kind giving continuous information as we travelled making it more interesting.

Gorgeous day, gorgeous castles. The premium tour was definitely the best choice for a long day of travel. Both the guide and the driver were very accommodating.

The tour was fantastic, and Daniela was a great guide! I couldn’t recommend it highly enough! Thank you for a great trip!