Welcome to The Romantic Road
A former trade route, Germany's Romantic Road is a 220-mile
(350km) portion of highway stretching from central Germany to the
southern border with Austria. A popular route for holidays in
Germany, the Romantic Road is actually a modern concept meant to
encapsulate the typically Bavarian atmosphere and culture of the
villages and towns along the way.
Easy to follow with brown signs posted in several languages, the
Romantic Road is an ideal route for seeing fairy-tale castles and
quintessentially German towns, but is so popular that many of the
best sites tend to be overrun with tourists.
The Romantic Road starts in Würzburg, a town famous for its
wineries and gourmet restaurants. Visitors should be sure to see
the Residence Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From there the road goes to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and
Dinkelsbühl, the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany, and the
1,000-year-old Castle Hotel Colmberg. The 2,000-year-old town of
Augsburg, an old Roman trading centre, features beautiful buildings
and traditional Bavarian restaurants as well.
Pfaffenwinkel and Neuschwanstein are also key stops on the
route, famous for their churches, castles, and pretty rolling
There are many ways to travel the Romantic Road: by train, bus
tour, car, or even bicycle. Hop-on, hop-off bus tickets are
available from Frankfurt, and you can also hire bicycles at any
train station for only a few euros if you have a valid train
Information & Facts
German is the official language. English is also widely
spoken and understood.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents.
ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit
cards are becoming more widely accepted in many large shops, hotels
and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash.
Travellers cheques are best cashed at exchange bureaux, as banks
often won't change them. The quickest and most convenient way to
change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that
are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on
weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway
stations are open daily from 6am to 10pm.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last
Sunday in October).