If driving... How long will it take to drive down the Romantic road? Which places are must sees? Which unique places have nice quiet places to stay? anything else, we should know? Thanks. :)
The "Romantic Road" is actually an autobahn which isn't that attractive. But, the small towns along the Romatic Road are. The Romantic Road begins at Wurzburg and continues south to Fuessen. How long it takes to drive depends on how many stops you make and how long you stop. http://www.romanticroadgermany.com/ http://www.romanticroad.com/ My list of "must sees" would include Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Rothenburg is the quintessential Romantic Road town - a medieval walled town with timbered houses, the lovely St. Jacobs Church and the wellknown Kathy Wolfarht Christmas Store. Dinkelsbuhl - Another walled town with gabled and timbered houses and another former Free Imperial City Nördlingen - Built in a crater caused by an asteroid impact, the town of Nördlingen is famous for its watchtower and walled defence.
Thanks Betty, Yes, I'm aware that the "Road" is not the destination..but the villages along it. There are lots and we will end up in Fussen eventually but I wondered what ones along the first part Wurzburg and south. Thanks for your ideas on the village to see. Rothenburg was on my list already but other two sound interesting too. That's what I'm looking for.
One slight correction- the Romantic Road is a secondary route, not an Autobahn, although the A7 runs parallel to it for much of it's length. I think Dinkelsbühl is the most unique town along the road. I haven't found another town anywhere in Germany that looks quite like it. Rothenburg odT is nowhere near as unique as its reputation would suggest (apart from having the most trinket shops and tour buses), but it is worth seeing if you're in the area. My suggestion would be to visit the towns that interest you and just take the A7 on your way south.
Check out the Romantic Road website, they also have a map describing the attractions of the villages/towns along the road. Use that to select some other spos that interest you. the first time i did the road we went through all the villages and around the farm yards- slower but much more interesting. Dinkelsbuhl and rothenberg (after the tour busses leave) are still our favorites.... although even in Rothenberg the tourists are clustered around the main square- lots to see just a few yards away without any tourists
I have driven it a few times and agree with Tom. Dinkelsbuhl is my favorite... maybe because it is less touristy than Rothenberg, which I also did enjoy. I just liked the drive as it was a beautiful, relaxing drive through the countryside of Germany dotted with cute little towns. The first time I was there the fields were filled with the flourescent yellow flowers (I think it is canola) It was amazing. Another time in the winter the trees were covered in ice and it was foggy... so if I have to classify a road as romantic... this one was.
Thank all, Most of you were helpful... James, I think that is exactly why they changed the name to Canola. We will add Dinkelsbuhl to our stops. We are not big into the "touristy" things. We like seeing the buildings and walking around seeing unique things. Nature.
to be honest. I've been trying to decide if the Romantic Road or the Black Forest will be more our speed. We will have seen quaint German villages along the Rhine... Romantic road... Quaint German village overload? Still thinking. :)
Hi Shelly, Seems like I'm in the minority here. Loved Rothenberg, thought Dinkelsbuehl was ok. Even with the tourists and tourist oriented shops, etc., it's our favorite on the "Romantic Road". For a quiet place to stay near Rothenberg, we loved the Gasthof zum Rappen, just 10 or 15 minutes from Rothenberg. Set among fields that go to the horizon. Another "highlight" of our stay was the Herrgottskirche in Creglingen, maybe 10 min. from the Gasthof zum Rappen. It has an amazing 500 yr. old wood carved alter by Tilman Riemenschneider, as does St. Jacobs in Rothenberg. http://www.gasthof-rappen.de http://www.herrgottskirche.de Paul
As Paul said, the Riemenschneider wood carvings in Creglingen and at St. Jacobs in Rothenburg are the finest examples of carved alters anywhere and are something well worth seeing. Rothenburg is very touristy during the day but about 5:00 the tourists get back on their buses and the town slowly goes back in time a few centuries. Walking the wall is nice but the best thing in Rothenburg is the Night Watchman's Tour ... it's not only very informative, it's a lot of fun. The old part of town is a great place to stay, it is very quiet at night and the Alt Frankische Eeinstube in Rick's book was really great.
Hi again, I agree about the Nightwatchman tour in Rothenberg. Informative, witty and very entertaining. It's a "must" if in Rothenberg. Paul
Great ideas. I'll have to find the website and check it out. Those wood carvings sound interesting as well. We love those kinds of things. We'll have to pick out the favorites and go from there. Does anyone know the speed limit and how long we should plan on the drive alone? Thanks. :)
Hi once again, Just thought our photo's of Rothenberg, Dinkelsbuehl and the Hergottskirche may be of interest. http://www.worldisround.com/home/pja1/travel15.html Paul
"Does anyone know the speed limit and how long we should plan on the drive alone?" It varies. Within the town limits, it's mostly 50 km/hr. Outside of towns, the limit is anwhere from 50 to 100 km/hr.
Thank you all. That sounds like here on smaller highways.