5-Nights The Romantic Road: Wurzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Augsburg, Fussen, and Munich
Step back in time with a visit to the picturesque countryside of the celebrated Romantic Road in Bavaria. Drive along panoramic byways to see fairy tale castles, medieval towns with ancient fortifications, and plenty of quaint shops. Pick up your rental car in either Frankfurt or Munich, and finish in Munich or Frankfurt.
- 1 Night Würzburg
- 1 Night Rothernburg ob der Tauber
- One 3-Course Dinner in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Nightwatchman Tour in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- 1 Night Augsburg
- 1 Night Füssen
- 1 Night Munich
- 1 Week Compact Manual Car Rental
- Romantic Road Map and Suggested Driving Itinerary
- Daily Breakfast
5 nights from $1735 per personSupplier: Avanti Destinations
The historic bishopric of Würzburg on the river Main is now the capital of Lower Franconia. Surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards, Würzburg is a centre of the wine trade. Visit the cathedral, the Neumünster church, the Marienkapelle and the old town hall. The true highlight is the former episcopal residence built from 1719 to 1744. This splendid example of German Baroque architecture is the most important secular building of the period. It features a grand staircase with a magnificent fresco by Giovanni Tiepolo.
Of the many towns along the Romantic Road, Rothenburg is the most lovable. Today it’s Germany's best-preserved medieval walled town, enjoying tremendous popularity. Those spending a night in Europe’s most exciting medieval town risk actually hearing sounds of the Thirty Years’ War still echoing through its turrets and clock towers. This is a great place to do German shopping. A thousand years of history are packed between the cobbles. The walk around Rothenburg’s medieval wall offers great views. For the best view of the town and surrounding countryside, make the rewarding climb to the top of Town Hall Tower. Rothenburg’s Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum is fascinating. St. Jacob’s Church contains the one must-see art treasure in Rothenburg, a glorious 500-year-old altarpiece by Riemenschneider, the Michelangelo of German woodcarvers. Take a walk through Tauber Valley's trail leading downhill from Rothenburg’s idyllic castle gardens to a 600-year-old castle, the summer home of Mayor Toppler.
On the Romantic Road (a scenic driving route) and 43 mi/70 km northwest of Munich, Augsburg, Germany, was founded by Roman legions: The town name comes from the Emperor Augustus. This city merits a one-day visit.
Among the interesting sights are the unusual Dom (cathedral) with 11th-century bronze door panels; St. Anna Church, where Martin Luther took refuge to defend his reformed thesis, with its beautiful Renaissance Fugger Chapel; the Romisches Museum (housed in a baroque church); and the shining Renaissance Golden Room in the Rathaus (Town Hall). On clear sunny days, climb the Perlachturm (230 ft/70 m) for a great view of the Alps.
If traveling with children, don't miss a performance of the Augsburger Puppenkiste, Germany's most popular puppet theater. It's located in the Heilig-Geist-Spital, built in 1631.
Home of tworld-famous Oktoberfest, the Hofbrauhaus and beergarden-experience, Munich has become one of the most modern and prosperous cities in post-war Germany. Munich offers museums, art galleries, concert halls and historical buildings, beergarden athmosphere on a warm summer night and the hottest dance hall scene in Germany. The area around Munich has mountains, lakes, fairy-tale-castles, wintersport centers and treasures like the monastery-and-brewery of Andechs. Among "must-sees" in Munich, are a walk on the high-level-shopping mile of Maximilianstrasse, a visit of Monopterus building and the "Chinesischer Turm" beergarden on a warm summer day, a match of two main local soccer clubs in Olympic stadium, a visit to "Deutsche Museum", a beer in the students' pubs, and an afternight breakfast in the cafe "Schmalznudel" at Viktualienmarkt. For history, go to a museum, visit the castle of Nymphenburg or get confronted with the dark side of German history in Dachau concentration camp memorial site.
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