Romantic Road

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Romantic Road

The Romantic Road (Romantische Straße in German) is a popular tourist route through historical towns in southern Germany, from Würzburg to Füssen.


Dinkelsbühl: Nördlinger Tor

The towns of Dinkelsbühl, Nördlingen and Rothenburg ob der Tauber are the only towns in Germany which still have a completely established city wall.


The term "Romantic Road" was first used in around the 1950s in the American-occupied section of Germany. The name was initially known predominantly among American soldiers, who took their families on vacation there. The route is now popular with all nationalities, especially Americans and Japanese. Signs can nowadays even be seen in Chinese.

While the whole route only passes through one federal state from north to south (Bayern or Bavaria) people in the northern part (Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber) might consider themselves as Franconian rather than Bavarian and people in Augsburg might say they are from Schwaben (swabia) rather than Bavaria. Although getting this wrong shouldn't cause major offense, keep in mind that many Germans are prouder of their region than their country and don't want to be "misidentified".

More info can be obtained from the Touristik Arbeitsgemeinschaft Romantische Strasse, Waaggässlein 1, D-91550 Dinkelsbühl, phone +49 9851 551387, (


German is spoken along the Romantic Road, though it may be strong on the Schwabish dialect in the region around Donauwörth.

Get in

By plane

The most logic major international airports to enter or exit the road are Frankfurt (direct ICE to Würzburg) and Munich (less frequent connections to Füssen). Nuremberg also has an airport with some international connections, although none of them come from the Americas.

By train

While Würzburg has excellent high-speed connections along the ICE, Füssen does not. Most intermediate towns along this road are surprisingly unconnected to major train routes, considering their touristic significance. A good deal for small groups or round trips is the "Bayern-Ticket" (23€ +4€ for any additional person up to five per group) valid from 9 am to 3 am of the following day valid on all regional trains (i.e. everything excluding ICE, IC or EC or to simplify: all red trains but none of the white trains) and many of the local transport systems (bus, streetcar, S-Bahn or U-Bahn)

By bus

See also: Intercity buses in Germany

Many places along the Romantic road have long distance bus service at least daily. In addition to buses that mostly do the route itself, there are buses to places as far away as Berlin from e.g. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

By organized tour

One of the preferred methods for many Japanese and American tourists, definitely cuts down on the stress while also limiting your possibility to "explore" on your own.

Get around

The Europabus operates along the Romantische Strasse between April and October. €58.50 is the adult fare one way from Würzburg to Füssen.

Those with more time on their hands can travel at a more leisurely pace by bicycle along the 420-km stretch of road in about ten days. Guided tours are also available to take some of the stress out of the journeythey will take care of your luggage and accommodation, and you can travel in their bus when it rains.

Most of the destinations along the Romantic Road can also be reached by train.


The best-known places along the route are Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Baroque city of Würzburg (a major wine region), Füssen (at the foot of the Alps), Augsburg, and the small but delightful town of Dinkelsbühl.




Stay safe

Observe the road rules.

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