The Romantische Strasse or the Romantic Road in Germany is a 350 kilometers long road that goes through the southern countryside of Germany. Along the road, you will find 28 charming villages which are still filled with middle age architectures and they are also famous for the castles, abbeys and churches.
The History of Romantic Road in Germany
The Romantic Road in Germany started in 1950 with a bus tour from West Germany but then it was taken over by the American forces so that they can endorse this historic route between Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Unlike the name, the road is not for couples to go on a romantic drive, here the word “Romantic” means a dauntless gaze at the past. The road is filled with great history.
2,000 years ago the road was travelled by the Romans. The path of the road connects centuries old battlefields. Most of them are from 17th-century battles which completely destroyed the country’s economy. The surrounding areas of the road look very old and because of the exhaustion of resources, there was no chance of refinement that would have renovated the area.
Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber or the red castle on the Tauber is a medieval town, it is filled with ancient architecture and jaw-dropping towers and turrets. In the late 17th century, it was a small but booming market town which was established around two wreckages of 12th-century churches. These were demolished by an earthquake. After the Thirty Years War in the 17th century, the economy of the town took a massive hit, it was devastated until the travel agents found it.
Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber is a very beautiful town and there are places here which must be visited if you are here. It will make your travelling worthwhile. You can do a lot of sightseeing here and visit places like the Deutsches Weihnacht Museum, Historeingewolbe, Meistertrunkuhr, Mittelalterliches Kriminal Museum, Rathaus, Reichsstadt Museum, Schloss Schillingsfurst, St. Jakob Church, St. Wolfgang Church, Stadtmauer and a whole lot more.
There are lots of premium hotels to stay here at Rothenburg. Burg Hotel can be a great choice if you want to experience luxury and a romantic view of the Tauber Valley. Gasthof Klingentor is another hotel run by the Wagenlander Family. The hotel is outside the city walls by within 10 minutes of Rothenburg’s historic center.
There is Hotel Eisenhut if you want something close to the centre of the city.
It is the third largest city in Bavaria. The history dates back to the Roman Empire when in 15 BC, son of Augustus set up a military camp at the bank of Lech River. It is an important trading route that connects to Italy. As the city grew up around it, it was named Augusta. The city rights were given in 1156.
It is one of the most beautiful towns along the romantic road. There are many beautiful places to see here. You can visit Don St. Maria, Fugger-Welser Museum, Fuggerei, Maximilian Museum, Mozart-Haus, Fuggerhauser, Holbein Haus, Maximilianstrasse, Perlachturm, Rotes Tor, St. Anna Kirche, St. Ulrich and Afra.
Ulm is a great town just off the romantic road. Here you will find the world’s tallest tower (536 feet). Ulm is a very old town filled with historical landmarks. Ulm’s old town is situated directly on the river Danube which adds charm as well as versatility to the whole city.
The city is filled with sightseeing places like Einstein Denkmal, Marktplatz, Museum der Brotkultur, Munster and Ulmer Museum.
Creglingen is a small and quiet town along the Romantic Road in Germany. In the 14th century a church was built here, the city grew up surrounding it. Creglingen is a small city full of Fachwerkhäuser. Being a small town there are only two sightseeing places. They are Fingerhut Museum and Herrgottskirche. They are surely worth a visit.
There are a lot of places to stay here. But if you want to a premium experience Heuhotel Ferienbauernhof is the place to be.
From 1525 to 1809, Bad Mergentheim was the home of Teutonic Knights. It is one of the successful orders of chivalry. In 1809, Napoleon threw them out of the city. After that, he went towards his ill-fated Russian campaign. In 1826, a shepherd discovered mineral springs on the north bank of the river which proved to be very useful to the city.
Although a small town, the city has some beautiful sightseeing places like Deutschordensschloss, Schloss Weikersheim, Stuppacher Madonna and Wildpark Bad Mergentheim etc.
You can stay at Best Western Parkhotel if you are here.
HOHENSCHWANGAU AND NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Two of the famous castles belong to this city and they are situated 1 km from each other. Bavaria’s King Ludwig spent many summers in the Hohenschwangau Castle. The other one is the Neuschwanstein Castle.
Except the castles, there are two more places to see here, Castle Concerts, and Museum of the Bavarian Kings.
Hotel Mueller should be at the top of your checklist if you are looking for a place to stay here for a night.
The Romantic Road in Germany is very long. Along the way, there are many towns which exist. These are something which should be visited if you are travelling here. Above we have covered six places, and there are other places as well, like Wurzburg, Nordlingen, Dinkelsbuhl etc. The Romantic Road is a great place and it is a hot tourist spot. So if you want to avoid the crowd, the best time is the end of summer or early autumn. But if you want snow, then late December is a great time. The town square and the markets will be filled with people from all over the world.