• Gabbi Grenell

The Romantic Road

Peppered with stunning castles and old town charm, this medieval route is a not outdated, but is vibrant and truly timeless.

The Romantic Road spans 350 kilometers (220 mi) of surface roads between Würzburg and Füssen through Bavaria. Last May I traveled the Romantic Road in Germany. The Romantic Road (a term coined in the 1950's). We had three short days on the road, so here is the crash course of the towns we made it to. I would recommend spending at least 5 days on the road to really experience each of the towns.

Since we were in Berlin we traveled the road from north to south starting in Würzburg. It is about a 4 hour and 45 minuet drive from the Berlin area so we set off early in the morning to arrive in Würzburg by late morning.

Würzburg was the perfect introduction to the Romantic Road. We parked the car outside the UNESCO-listed Würzburg Residence and meandered in the quiet streets of old town. We stopped at a little place to grab a coffee and discovered Cafe Ottolina. We ordered sandwiches and lattes and got the plan for the rest of the day settled.

Cafe Ottolina

Hofstraße 20, 97070 Würzburg, Germany

We hopped back in the car and drove about 45 minutes south through rolling German hills to my personal favorite stop.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is straight out of a fairy tale. It is the quintessential medieval town full of tiny streResidence and meandered in the quiet streets of old town.

Despite the rain, we still had a wonderful time exploring this gorgeous little gem. Luckily we got a break in the rain and the sun came out.

As dusk fell, we got back in the car to drive to our airbnb for the night. Our airbnb we in the teeny town of Dombühl. Dombühl was 20 minutes from Rothenburg ob der Tauber, so it was for a night's stay. We stayed in the Sleeping Beauty Bedroom. Check in what a piece of cake. The room was so adorable and perfect for our girls trip.

After a good night's sleep we headed south once again. We drove 2 hours and 15 minutes to the town of Steingaden. Although it was a bit off the path, it was worth the drive to see the most beautiful church I'd ever seen.

Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church

This old church built in the Rococo style is simple and unremarkable on the outside, but the inside is a feast for the eyes and spirit.

This gorgeous church opened in 1754. It is tucked away in the rolling hills. There is something so peaceful about this little gem.

Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church

Wies 12, 86989 Steingaden, Germany

There is also a small gift at the base of the hill leading up to the church.

When I say this is in the middle of know where I mean it. It is miles from the teeny towns near it. It is however worth going off the beaten path to marvel at the inside of this historic space

I could stare at all of the detail all day.

We got back on the beaten path to head to our next stop, as we drove the weather took a turn for the worse. We were heading to see the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. It is a 25

minute drive from Wieskirche in the town of Schwangau. We drove as far as the path would let us and decided to forgo the walk to see the castle up close due to the rain. Leading up to the road to the castle is a long stretch of green feilds. We pulled the car over to get a few photos of the castle in the distance.

After we watched the sun setting behind the hills we headed to our second airbnb located in Fürstenfeldbruck. Fürstenfeldbruck was mid way between Füssen and Munich where we would fly out from. We finished our time on the road with one more day of this German adventure.

Even though this is not part of the romantic road I think it is important to write about how we ended our trip. We woke early in the morning and drove to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. It is always very heavy and somber visiting

these places. I think it is so important to take the time to visit and remember the lives lost. It is such a large piece of history and we must never forget how truly horrific the Holocaust is.

After reflecting a while it was time to head to the airport to head back to New York. I really enjoyed driving through the country side connecting sleepy German towns. I highly recommend taking the long route. You never know where you may be transported.

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