Believe it or not, Germany is among the dreamiest places in the world. Travel along the Romantic Road, in the country’s south, and see picturesque mountain landscapes, thick forests, quaint villages, medieval towns untouched by time, and enchanting castles — including the one that inspired Disney — on your very own seven-day fairytale adventure.
Wurzburg - Let the Fairytale Begin
Unconventional though it may be, your personal fairytale will begin in the high-rise metropolitan of Frankfurt, where your feet will first touch German soil. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and set off on your adventure.
Gaze out the window as skyscrapers give way to rolling hills, then forests and finally vineyards. It won’t be long — roughly 90 minutes —before you find yourself in the charming town of Würzburg, the northern gateway to the Romantic Road.
The strength of character defines this place and its people. After being left in ruins following an airstrike in 1945, its citizens insisted that Würzburg be restored to its pre-war glory. They succeeded and today the town charms its visitors with a variety of architectural styles — Romanesque, Baroque, and Rococo — a domineering fortress and delicious white wine.
Begin your exploration at the 11th century Romanesque St. Kilian Cathedral in the center of the old town, then step into the neighboring Domschatz to see the opulent riches. Move on to Neumünster, a former abbey, and admire its spectacular red sandstone baroque façade. Although modest, the Rathaus (town hall) is also worth a visit, as is the adjoining Grafeneckart — a little museum with an exhibition of photographs and a 3D model of the city that depicts the devastation left behind by the 1945 bombing.
In the afternoon, cross the Alte Mainbrücke — Würzburg’s oldest bridge — and walk up to the town’s most identifiable landmark: the Marienberg Fortress. Aside from postcard scenery, this historic fortress offers gardens and several museums for you to explore. While you’re on this side of the river, visit the Käppele — an 18th-century chapel, which affords beautiful views of the fortress and old town.
A stay in Würzburg wouldn’t be complete without visiting the UNESCO-listed Residenz, one of the most impressive Baroque palaces in Germany. Take a turn through its gardens, admire its grandiose interiors, and don’t forget to look up when you get to the Treppenhaus (staircase) to see the largest fresco in the world.
Finish your day with a glass (or two) of the area’s celebrated white wine at the Juliusspital, which not only bears historical importance as a medieval wine cellar and hospital but also has the distinct honor of being the second-largest winery in Germany and a brilliant place to try the local drop.
Rothenburg - A Day in the Middle Ages
Augsburg - The Romantic Road
Fussen - “The Disney Castle”
Fussen - The Whimsy of Bavaria
Munich - Explore Bavaria’s Capital
Munich - Say Goodbye
- See some of Germany’s most magnificent landscapes along the Romantic Road
- Tour the UNESCO Heritage-listed Würzburg Residez palace and see the largest fresco in the world
- Visit the preserved medieval old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Stop by charming alpine villages to experience rural Bavarian culture and history
- See the castle that inspired Disney — the magnificent Schlossß Neuschwanstein
- Visit Munich’s famous landmarks and taste its traditional cuisine and beer
The Romantic Road in the south of Germany is irresistibly — well — romantic. It winds its way through a landscape of magical forests, rugged mountains, sleepy townships, and fairytale castles, encountering a UNESCO World Heritage site or two along the way. The area also offers a rich cultural experience — the crafts, traditions and customs of the region are proudly upheld, giving visitors an intimate glance into Bavarian life.
Begin your seven-day fairytale adventure at the northern gateway of the Romantic Road, Würzburg, and see a mighty fortress and an 18th-century palace with the largest fresco in the world. Move on to one of the world’s best preserved medieval towns, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and experience what life was like during the Middle Ages, then stop by traditional Bavarian villages on the way to the historic city of Augsburg.
Further south, near the border of Austria, meet the enchanting town of Füssen and the magnificent SchlossSchloß Neuschwanstein — the castle that inspired Disney. While in the area, visit two other royal palaces — the decadent Schlossß Hochenschwangau and the whimsical Schlossß Linderhof — as well as the magnificent Baroque Ettal abbey. Then set off for Bavaria’s capital, Munich. Breathe in the city’s vibrant culture, while exploring its architecturally profound landmarks, museums and parks, and trying traditional cuisine and — of course — the famous Munich “helles” (pale lager).
$2,095 per person (excluding international flights)
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