Germany’s Romantic Road
A fairy tale come to life
Get behind the wheel and discover the highlights of Germany’s Romantic Road. From Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Neuschwanstein Castle, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a real-life fairy tale.
- Begin and end your vacation in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial hub that’s home to the European Central Bank.
- Drive through the fabled Black Forest, the setting of the Brothers Grimm “Hansel and Gretel” folk tale.
- Explore Neuschwanstein Castle just outside of Fussen. This castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle!
- Pop over to Austria and spend one night in Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps known for its winter sports.
- Stroll through charming Rothenburg, known as Germany’s best-preserved medieval town and a highlight of the Romantic Road.
Germany is full of romance: fairy tale villages, medieval castles, and lovely scenic drives. Take your sweetheart on this 8-night vacation through southern Germany!
Begin in Frankfurt, a city at once strikingly modern and old world. See the half-timbered houses lining the street in Altstadt (Old Town) before driving to the Black Forest. Spend one night in the beautiful countryside where the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” was born! From the Black Forest, head into the heart of Bavaria in Fussen and see the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle.
Drive across the German border and spend one night in Innsbruck, known as the Capital of the Alps. Explore this typical Austrian city before driving to the capital of Bavaria, Munich! Say “prost” with a mug of frosty beer at one of the many beer halls in the city. Spend your last nights in Nuremberg and Rothenburg. Take in as many romantic vistas as you can before returning to Frankfurt.
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Say “Guten tag” to Germany! Arrive at Frankfurt airport and pick up your rental car, then drive to your accommodation in the city.
Located on the river Main, Frankfurt is a major financial hub that’s home to the European Central Bank. Head to Altstadt (Old Town) and stroll through Romerburg square. In December, the square hosts a famous Christmas Market!
Check In – Leonardo Hotel Frankfurt City Center
FRANKFURT, GERMANY 3 out of 5 stars
A short 350 feet from Frankfurt Central Station, the Leonardo Hotel Frankfurt City Center offers wonderful public transport links and quiet rooms in a loud city. Guests can enjoy daily buffet breakfast, a business center, and free Wi-Fi.
Rooms are air conditioned and include flat-screen TVs, a safe, a desk, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms as well as a hairdryer. Travel is a snap from the Leonardo, with the Frankfurt Messe Trade Fair easily accessible, and local shopping areas, clubs and restaurants. Public transport is convenient and available nearby, making this stay excellent for city walks, architecture admiring, and enjoying local cuisine.
Leave Frankfurt today and drive to the Black Forest, with a stop in Heidelberg along the way. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is Germany‘s oldest university town and is one of the most popular destinations in the country.
Visit the famous castle reached by cable car and explore its historic city center. After touring Heidelberg, continue on to the famous Black Forest region, the setting of the Brothers Grimm “Hansel and Gretel” tale. Cap off the day with a slice of black forest cake!
Check In – Best Western Hotel Hofgut Sternen
BLACK FOREST, GERMANY 3 out of 5 stars
Nestled in the Black Forest countryside, the Best Western Hotel Hofgut Sternen offers comfortable yet rustic lodgings while being surrounded by stunning natural scenery. Enjoy beautiful surroundings and outdoor activities like biking, skiing, hiking, shopping for souvenirs at the on-site Black Forest cuckoo clock and glassblowers shop, and even visiting the oldest chapel of the Higher Black Forest, St. Oswald’s. Guests can enjoy breakfast served up every morning, take their pick between 2 on-site restaurants, a bar, and the lovely grounds and terrace for seasonal dining.
Rooms are comfortable, spacious, and come with tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, a flat-screen TV, blackout curtains, a desk, and a private bathroom as well as a hairdryer. Some rooms also feature a balcony. With the stunning arches of the train station within view, the B31 provides easy access between Freiburg and Titisee. Guests can also enjoy skiing down Feldberg Mountain, which is only 9 miles away. The Hinterzarten Train station is only 3 miles from the hotel, and the A5 highway is 16 miles away.
Say goodbye to the Black Forest as you drive to Fussen. On the way, you may want to see Lake Titisee and the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which offers spectacular views of the Alps. Weather permitting, take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to Fussen.
Upon arrival in Fussen, check into your accommodation and then see St Mang’s Basilica, which holds the oldest fresco in Germany.
Check In – Villa Toscana
FUSSEN, GERMANY 3 out of 5 stars
Tucked away in a beautiful private park and offering lovely views of the Alps and the Hohes Schloss Castle, the Villa Toscana in Fussen provides the perfect escape for your vacation. Guests can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and all in includes, like the small spa, 2 saunas, the spa showers, the quiet area, a wine bar on the garden terrace, the library, and a lovely breakfast buffet.
Rooms are charming and feature free Wi-Fi, a desk, a flat-screen TV, and private bathrooms complete with bathrobes, a hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries. A ten-minute walk will bring you to Fussen’s Train Station and the town center, and a 5-minute drive will deliver you to the A7 highway, which can bring you to the nearby Austrian border. The beautiful and stunning Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles are only 12 minutes away as well!
As you make your way to Innsbruck, pay a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, known as the “Mad King.” This castle may look familiar: it served as the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle!
You may also want to visit Linderhof Castle, another King Ludwig II castle and the only one where he actually lived for a significant amount of time. You can also visit Oberammergau village, famous for its tradition of mounting Passion Plays and woodcarving.
The end of the day should bring you to Innsbruck just across the German border in Austria. Located in the gorgeous deep valley of the River Inn, Innsbruck is a historic city with a stunning backdrop of the scenic Karwendel Mountains to the north and Tuxer Mountains to the south.
Check In – Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli
INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA 3 out of 5 stars
The Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli is located in the center of Innsbruck and directly across from Olympia World, the largest sports and event center in Tyrol. From the terrace on the eleventh floor, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Tyrolean mountains and the world-famous Berg-Isel ski-jump. Spoil yourself with your favorite drink over the rooftops of the most beautiful alpine city!
After a day on the slopes, indulge in a treatment at the full-service spa or enjoy the other amenities, including a fitness center and a steam room. For a free ride to the slopes, hop on the hotel’s complimentary ski shuttle. Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli helps provide the perfect winter holiday with ski storage and ski passes. At the end of the day, order apres-ski drinks at the hotel’s bar.
Spend the morning and afternoon exploring Innsbruck! See the opulent interiors of the Imperial Palace, completed in the year 1500 under Emperor Maximilian I. Don’t miss the Imperial Gardens with its giant chess board!
Drive approximately 2 hours to your next destination of Munich. As the capital of Bavaria, Munich is famous for its annual Oktoberfest and beer halls, Marienplatz square, and iconic cathedral.
After settling into your accommodation, head to Viktualienmarkt, a sprawling daily food market in the Old Town. Pick up some tasty treats, then take in the sights of nearby Marienplatz, always buzzing with activity.
Check In – Arthotel Munich
MUNICH, GERMANY 3 out of 5 stars
Enjoy a stay at the Arthotel Munich, which offers easy access to the Munich Central Station and the famous Oktoberfest site. Offering a daily breakfast buffet, pop art, a bar, a restaurant, and meeting rooms, the Arthotel creates and maintains a unique environment that also offered excellent service for any kind of traveler.
Rooms are spacious and include TVs, minibars, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a safe, hypo-allergenic bedding upon request, and private bathrooms that include a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Guests can easily reach Munich Airport by taking the S-Bhan train, and Ludwigsvorstadt offers wonderful shopping opportunities, and is rich in beautiful architecture and interesting beer.
Today you have a full free day to enjoy Munich! Consider a visit to Residenz, Munich’s number one attraction. Home to Bavaria’s Wittelsbach rulers from 1508 until WWI, the former palace turned museum is a gilded royal wonderland.
Also worth a visit is one of three Pinakothek museums, home to fabulous canvases from the Middle Ages to present day.
End the day at Hofbrauhaus, Munich’s oldest beer hall dating back to the 16th century. Take a seat at one of the long wooden tables and enjoy a frosty beer and traditional Bavarian meal!
After breakfast, drive approximately 2 hours toward Nuremberg in northern Bavaria. For centuries, Nuremberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings.
While severely damaged during WWII, the city has been rebuilt and is considered one of the highlights in Bavaria. Spend the day visiting the city’s historic city center, well-preserved castle, Gothic churches, romantic houses, and peaceful squares.
Check In – Hotel am Jakobsmarkt
NUREMBERG, GERMANY 3 out of 5 stars
The Hotel am Jakobsmarkt is a romantic half-timbered hotel, nestled in the historic old town of Nuremberg. Close to the Weißer Turm U-Bahn, or the underground station, and just a 10-minute walk from the main station, the hotel is easily accessible and provides an excellent view while traveling to and from it. Guests can enjoy a rich, full breakfast, unwind either at the bar or in the sauna, indulge in the restaurant on site, or make sure of the business center with computers and internet access.
Rooms are airy and elegant, featuring complimentary water, a desk, a safe, ironing facilities, a minibar, a television, hypo-allergenic bedding upon request, and private bathrooms that include a hairdryer. A short walk will bring you to the medieval quarter of the city, where castles make for a fantastic skyline, and many museums, fountains, and churches dot the surrounding area as well.
Today, drive approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a lovely medieval town and one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Germany! Surrounded by thick medieval walls, the city overlooks Tauber River and is notable for its colorful array of half-timbered houses.
For the best view of the town and surrounding countryside, climb the Town Hall tower. And you can’t leave Rothenburg without picking up a few souvenirs!
Check In – Burghotel Rothenburg
ROTHENBURG, GERMANY 3 out of 5 stars
Sitting on the edge of the stunning Rothernburg’s Medieval town center, the Burghotel Rothernberg offers a luxurious stay overlooking beautiful gardens and the elegant Tauber Valley. Guests can indulge in the atmosphere of the 12th century building by visiting its spa, dining on the terrace in the rose garden, enjoy views of the valley over a rich breakfast buffet, and simply follow the archway to the old Dominican monastery gardens to unwind.
All of the rooms feature a seating area, and are equipped with free Wi-Fi, a minibar, cable TV, a desk, a safe, and private bathrooms complete with bathrobes, a hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries.
Say “auf Wiedersehen” to Germany! Drive to Frankfurt Airport to return your rental car, then transfer to your departure gate for your flight home.
*Please note the drive is approximately 2.5 hours, so if your return flight leaves in the morning, you will need to drive from Rothenburg to Frankfurt on Day 8, and stay in Frankfurt your last night. If staying in Rothenburg, please allow enough time to return your rental car and arrive at the airport at least 2-3 hours prior to departure.