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If you choose to take a trip along the 460km stretch of the Romantic Road, you will not only drive through some of the most stunning landscapes, but you will fall in love with the beauty and quaintness of the charming towns along the way. Scroll through the photos and information below to start planning an incredible journey. To find more information on Germany, you can find the complete guide here.
Fussen and Schwangau
Located just one kilometre from the Austrian border, Fussen is the southern start of the Romantic Road. It's a gem of a town with pretty pastel-coloured buildings. In the warmer months, the streets are alive with restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops, boutiques and souvenir stores.
The next stop is Schwangau and you'll know you've arrived when you see the impressive Neuschwanstein Castle peeking out from its perch above the green fields below. The castle is probably the most famous in the world since it was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty. In Schwangau, you will also find Hohenschwangau Castle, hiking trails, and four lakes where you can fish, surf and sail.
Neuschwanstein Castle Photographed from the Bridge Viewpoint
Bird's Eye View of Hohenschwangau Castle
The Area Around Neuschwanstein Castle
The Pretty Yellow Facade of Hohenschwangau Castle
The Facade of Hohenschwangau and Views from Neuschwanstein
Mittenwald and Oberammergau
If you have an extra day in your itinerary, it's highly recommended to take a trip to the Karwendel mountain range in Mittenwald and stroll through the streets admiring the wonderfully colourful buildings in both Oberammergau and Mittenwald. While not part of the Romantic Road, this side trip at the beginning or end of your journey is an unforgettable experience and is worth the extra day and the drive from Fussen.
The Hiking Paths on Karwendel Mountain
Karwendel is the Largest Northwest Limestone Mountain Range in the Alps
The Information Centre (left) and a Bench with a View
The Telescope Houses an Information Centre and Changing Exhibitions
The Pretty Painted Facade of Kaffee Muhle in Mittenwald
Details of Mittenwald's Beautiful Buildings
A Souvenir Store in Oberammergau
Painted Facades in Mittenwald and Oberammergau
With its 2.7-kilometre trek around the city, you can see the architecture and streets of Nordlingen from a bird's eye view while walking the city walls. You may also choose to visit one of the museums (the Railway Museum or Ries Crater Museum). To get a fantastic view of the city, climb to the top of the steeple in St. George's church.
The steeple of St. Georges Church
Walkways in Nordlingen
The Wall Walk Around the City of Nordlingen
Views of the Countryside from St. Georges Steeple
Bird's eye View of Nordlingen
Try to be in Dinkelsbuhl early in the morning to walk the paths around the town as they are so peaceful at this time. The facades of the buildings in Old Town are lovely, and it's worth it to stroll the streets without an agenda. There is a St. George church located in Dinkelsbuhl, as well as Nordlingen, and the one found here should be visited in the morning to witness the natural light streaming through the windows. TIP: I had such a peaceful experience in Dinkelsbuhl, but as I was leaving around noon, I could see the crowds starting to fill the streets, so plan your visit accordingly.
The Start of Fall Colours in Dinkelsbuhl
The Duck Pond and Rampart Around Dinkelsbuhl
Rothenburger Tower is a Great Place to Begin the Wall Walk
Brightly Coloured Hotel and Restaurants in Dinkelsbuhl
Dinkelsbuhl Fountain and Restaurant
Fall Colours and their Matching Facades
The Wonderful Cobblestone Streets of Dinkelsbuhl
The Interior of St. George's Church
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Of all the towns on the Romantic Road, Rothenburg should definitely make your list of places to visit. Staying overnight is the best way to experience this gem; you not only get to see the night as it falls over the town, but you also experience the quaint cobblestone streets in the still morning without the crowds. TIP: Don't miss the 2.4-kilometre walk of the medieval walls around the city and a stroll through Burggarten for stunning views of the landscape.
The Landscape of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Views from the City Walls
Wandering the Streets of Rothenburg
Historic Buildings and the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Car
The Happiest Gent in his Classic Carriage
Spying the Landscape from the City Walls
Details on the Facades in Rothenburg
The Famous Photo Location of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rooftops and Towers Viewed from the City Walls
The Cobblestone Streets and Wooden Walkways of Rothenburg
Landscapes Along the Romantic Road
Try to set out early when travelling from one town to the next. The early morning fog that reaches across the field and the low lying rays of sunlight makes for some beautifully dramatic landscapes.
Morning Drive from Nordlingen to Dinkelsbuhl
The Landscape Around Mittenwald and Oberammergau
The food in Germany is delicious and you can find any number of restaurants and cafes along the stops on the Romantic Road, both roadside and in the numerous towns.
Time Out for a Sausage Dinner in Mittenwald
Great Burger and Frites in Dinkelsbuhl
Rustic German Breads Available Around Dinkelsbuhl
Sweets, and More Sweets on Display on the Romantic Road
The Romantic Road is an epic European journey. Take in the breathtaking landscapes, admire buildings with stunning painted frescoes, or grab some tasty bites in charming cafes. No matter how you choose to spend your time along this incredible stretch of highway you will undoubtedly have the experience of a lifetime!