Things to do & places to visit in Romantic Road, Germany

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Named by American soldiers during the post-World War II occupation years, the Romantic Road is a 200-mile-plus section of one of Germany's most picturesque highways, stretching from Würzburg in Bavaria's north to Füssen near the Austrian border. Along the route are many favorite tourist towns and attractions, including Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl, Augsburg, and Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles. Bike tours along the route are quite popular, and bus tours are also available.

Romantic Road #18 destination in Germany 2023. Timezone: Europe/Berlin, current date and time: Sunday, April 21, 2024, 7:22.

Top things to do (26)

Top places to visit (28 attractions)

  1. 5.0 Hans Georg Baumgartner (1.301 reviews)
    - NIght Watchman Tour is a Must Do Local Institution
    Night Tours
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    This tour is an institution and a must do when in Rothenburg in the evening. The whole family enjoyed it, including my college kids. The English tour starts at 8pm in the main square, you can't miss it. Just join the crowd gathering and look for the night watchman who walks up in period costume. It's not the most in depth tour, but it's a charming and humorous introduction to the town of Rothenburg and its history. Following the tour is not strenuous but more of a leisurely walk with plenty of stops. Tour takes about an hour. Happens nightly, no reservations necessary, you pay in cash at the end. The requested fee was 9 Euro in summer of 2022. Crowds tend to be large, so I would recommend you make an effort to stay in front of the pack, close to the watchman to hear better. See more..
  2. 5.0 FLY ROYAL Paragliding (321 reviews)
    - Flying SO high over Neuschwanstein Castle!
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Parasailing & Paragliding • Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    My wife got the two of us a flight as a birthday gift. Totally unexpected and so amazing! I was teamed with Dennis and my wife flew with Tim. We reserved the royal package they offered and the add-on photos, which are a must buy. The whole experience includes the ride up the cable car, a few minutes checking out the views from the runway area, a safe overview and practice run, and lastly the amazing take off. We then climbed above 2000 meters before gliding over the castle, lake, and almost out to Fussen, landing about 45 minutes after take off. There were a few amazing flight tricks thrown in for good measure, but the guides are very responsive to your individual needs. Overall stunningly beautiful and super fun. See more..
  3. 5.0 European Castles Tours (214 reviews)
    - Service beyond expectations
    Cultural Tours • Day Trips
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    The level of service that we received from Astrid Baur and European Castle Tours was extraordinary. She arranged an itinerary for a private tour in Germany and Austria that was affordable and tailored perfectly to our interests and abilities. Our tour guide, Barbara, was equally warm, gracious and knowledgeable. We feel so lucky to have booked with them! See more..
  4. 5.0 Segway Tour Augsburg (178 reviews)
    - Best way to experience Augsburg
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM City Tours • Segway Tours • Sightseeing Tours
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    We had a wonderful experience with Duc. Duc is a great guide and Segway enthusiast. He showed us Augsburg from every angle and gave us a lot of historical information and facts. That was our first experience with Segway. It didn't take us longer than ten minutes of practicing and we were comfortable to ride. This tour definitely exceeded our expectations and I can really recommend it . See more..
  5. 5.0 EscapeGame Augsburg (176 reviews)
    - Dolphin Hotel
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Escape Games
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    The 3 of us played the Hotel and it was a great experience! The staff was welcoming and helped us through the game in a timely manner. A good number of puzzles and a nice scary feel to it. Will definitely come back for more!!! See more..
  6. 5.0 Flugschule Aktiv (133 reviews)
    - The first and not the last :) AMAZING!!!
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Parasailing & Paragliding • Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    It was my first flight with the Tandem ever and it will not be the last! It was absolutely AMAZING!!!!! Amazing that it was possible in english. From the beginning it was very nice with the pilot, he gave me good instructions, was caring about me, did nice moves, showed me a lot about the area and the castle, he did nice video and pictures, we were joking a lot and I absolutely enjoy the flight with him! Thank you a lot Mika!!! Im back soon :) See more..
  7. 5.0 TeamEscape Würzburg (115 reviews)
    - Very funny game!
    Sunday: 9:45 AM - 11:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Escape Games
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    We had a very good time! We do the game in English and we had no problem. We enjoyed a lot with the riddles! looking forward to doing the other room! See more..
  8. 5.0 FlyTeam (103 reviews)
    - Looking forward to doing it again next year
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Air Tours
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    In July 2021, while visiting Schloß Neuschwanstein, we went up to Tegelberg and saw lots of paragliders jumping off the mountain - and said: we want to do it too. Yesterday, 18. Sept., we did it too - with Flyteam. What an experience! We met our pilots, Yvonne and Thomas, at the Tegelbergbahnstation at the bottom of the mountain, travelled in a gondel to the top - and jumped! Yvonne (a psychologist) and Thomas (just as good as a psychologist) explained every step so clearly that it felt so natural to jump off a mountain. The flight was breathtaking. Viewing the Schloß Neuschwanstein from above was amazing. Flying together with my partner was one of the most beautiful experiences we've ever had. Thank you Thomas and Yvonne. Next year we'll bring our friends with us for the next flight. See more..
  9. 4.5 Town Walls (2.410 reviews)
    - Great historic place!
    Historic Sites
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    Beautiful city to walk around, lots of historic buildings and of course a city wall you can walk on. Around the city numerous information panels with informatief about the different buildings and locations. Inside the city walls it's a real city, people live there and there are businesses. Mostly for tourist love souvenirs shops and restaurants. Works recommend visiting this place when nearby. See more..
  10. 4.5 Alte Mainbruecke (1.737 reviews)
    - Great way to spend a bit of time
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    You have to at least walk on the bridge to admire the statues and learn a bit about the history of the area. The bridge may be crowded with wine drinkers. Just offer to take their photos! The views across the Main and back into town are excellent. See more..
  11. 4.5 Altstadt von Fuessen (1.474 reviews)
    - Nice a little Bavarian town, short drive from Neuschwanstein, worth a stop and visit. Lots of cafes
    Historic Sites
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    While staying at Neuschwanstein, decided to stop by Fussen for some local sightseeing and cafe. There seems like a lot to see in a short day of sightseeing. You have the castle with nice aerial views of the town and Alps, plenty of churches and nice shots from the River Lech. There are several cafes and bars for a drink while relaxing with the sights. See more..
  12. 4.5 Fuggerei (1.344 reviews)
    - Amazing place
    Sunday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Neighborhoods • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    The world's oldest social settlement, this estate houses 200 impoverished Catholic tenants. See more..
  13. 4.5 Fortress Marienberg (1.243 reviews)
    - Must see German beauty
    Historic Sites • Castles • History Museums
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    This castle, the city's most prominent symbol since the 12th century, includes a museum, restaurant and formal gardens. See more..
  14. 4.5 Pilgrimage Church of Wies (847 reviews)
    - Pilgrimage Site
    Spent < 1 hour Churches & Cathedrals
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    This medieval church stands on the southern stretch of the Romantic Road. See more..
  15. 4.5 Augsburg Town Hall (816 reviews)
    - Sight seeing (part 2)
    Sunday: Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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    Augsburg's 17th-century city hall, recently restored following severe damage in World War II, is the architectural masterpiece of this ancient Roman city. See more..
  16. 4.5 Old Town (658 reviews)
    - Nice little town, worth the visit
    Historic Walking Areas
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    This walled village houses mercantile buildings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. The fortified wall has sixteen towers; you can access the city from four of them. See more..
  17. 4.5 Burggarten (522 reviews)
    - Burggarten
    Parks • Gardens
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    Beautiful garden with great views of the town from far. Loved this place to take some pictures. Great spot for families as well See more..
  18. 4.5 Mount Tegelberg (358 reviews)
    - The No Hike Hike on Mount Tegelberg
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    After spending more than a month studying guide books and internet sites about hiking trails on Mount Tegelbeg, I bought my ticket and thought I was set.....wrong. They had a late snow in 2019 and all of the hiking trails were closed when I got there. Bummer. However, I really enjoyed the ride to the top and a look at the snowy vista. It was warm and sunshine down below and cool and crisp on top. You couldn't go any further than the clearing behind the top cable car station and the restaurant was closed that day -- so I made my own fun, shared laughter with others and put this trip back on my bucket list. Moral: you can't control Mother Nature and you need to travel with a sense of humor!! See more..
  19. 4.5 Cathedral of St. Maria (Dom St. Maria) (320 reviews)
    - Impressive large gothic cathedral within Altstadt Augsburg, don't forget to vist the cloister and museum
    Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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    This Gothic cathedral was originally constructed in the ninth century and was refurbished in the 14th century. See more..
  20. 4.5 Forggensee (316 reviews)
    - Relaxing lake
    Bodies of Water
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    15mins drive from Neuschwanstein castle is Forggensee, we stopped by the area with free parking space where there were many house-on-wheels parked either temporarily or permanently. then stayed on one of the benches while waiting for the sunset, you can see the castle from a distance, people do fishing, swimming and boating around the lake. See more..
  21. 4.5 Augsburger Puppentheatermuseum (309 reviews)
    - Sweet
    Speciality Museums
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    As a girl who loved watching the VHS years back I enjoyed going back and seeing all’s those dolls again. The museum is small and good for just a quick walkthrough. See more..
  22. 4.5 Historische Stadtmauer (305 reviews)
    - Very interesting experience
    Spent 1-2 hours Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    It was an interesting experience to walk on the historical city walls. There are plenty of other places in Europe with more or less preserved city walls but I think what Nordlingen has is unique. It is almost complete and one can walk around the whole old town on it. Including viewing and exploring several city gates it can easily be a half day trip. See more..
  23. 4.5 Hofkirche (246 reviews)
    - Unassuming entrance
    Spent < 1 hour Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    As we visited the Residenz, we checked out this Court Church in the south wing and was absolutely amazed. Beautiful marble columns and gold leaf abound. There was a sign saying no photography outside, but everyone else was taking photos so we did too. See more..
  24. 4.5 Church of St. Ulrich and St. Afra (241 reviews)
    - Two beautiful churches in one
    Sunday: Spent < 1 hour Religious Sites
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    I saw so many churches and cathedrals on my travels that I tend to skip visiting them but this one attracted my attention since I entered the city that I could not resist. First of all I couldn't get enough of views to this magnificent building at the end of the street. I took plenty of pictures. And of course the interiors are breath taking. It is definitely worth a visit. See more..
  25. 4.5 St. George Church (218 reviews)
    - Number 1 in Dinkelsbühl
    Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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    This 15th-century Gothic church is one of the highlights of this small town. See more..
  26. 4.5 Botanischer Garten Augsburg (202 reviews)
    - love the umbrella tree
    Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Gardens
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    I was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1965, I have been going there for years and each time I visit I have taken a photo under the umbrella tree (I know it has a more formal name but can't recall it) with my Grandmother, and my Mother. It was so small in the beginning, after a few years they put a chair under it, and as it grew they took the chair out and put a settee under it. I have about 15 photos of this tree as it grew and as our family grew. It is a beautiful garden and is especially lovely in the spring after the snow is gone and the flowers are in full bloom. See more..
  27. 4.5 Alatsee (175 reviews)
    - Beautiful lake!
    Bodies of Water
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    Lake Alatsee is situated in a very peaceful area. It is accessible by foot (through woodland trails) or by car. You can walk around the lake in about 25 minutes but if it's a clear day it's worth bringing a picnic to enjoy the peace and tranquillity for a couple of hours. The surrounding scenery is beautiful too, and on a clear day you get a stunning view of the alps! Well worth a visit! See more..
  28. 4.5 Kirchturm Daniel (164 reviews)
    - Well worth the climb!
    Spent 1-2 hours Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    350 steps, stone to start with, then wooden, getting narrower and narrower. Best not to look up, that put half our party right off, and they headed back down. You pay near the top, which seemed weird to us, worth the cost, there was a loo there! An amazing tower, a hard climb, a great view of the meteorite crater from the top, overall a brilliant experience for adults. ( not suitable for children under 12 or so, I'd say). See more..