Germany Package: The Romantic South

11 days – EUR 1,326.00 pp in dbl-room1
Rothenburg, Munich, Füssen, Triberg, Heidelberg, Frankfurt

You will travel the Romantic Road connecting picture-book Bavarian villages where time seems to have stood still, then swing by Ludwig the Mad's fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein on your way to the magnificent Black Forest. Unforgettable stops include Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg.


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1st day: Rothenburg

At the city gates: A tollhouse from the year 1264
At the city gates: A tollhouse from the year 1264
History preserved: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
History preserved: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
You arrive at the airport in Frankfurt.

Rental car pick-up
Type: VW Rabbit or similar
Pick-up location: Frankfurt, Airport

Romantic Road
Motorways: 180 km Travel time: 2:30 h
Scenic route: 200 km    Travel time: 3:00 h

After passing through the hilly forests of the Spessart region, one of Germany's largest natural parks, you will reach the medieval city of Würzburg. The most famous of the city's many sites is the Old Bridge dating back to 1473. From here you can take the "Romantic Road" (Romantische Straße), an old trade route that connects many of Bavaria's most picturesque villages, or continue on the main motorway.

Accommodation: A Tollhouse from the year 1264

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Originally built in 1264 as a customs house, the hotel occupies one of the best locations in Rothenburg: on main street, next to a medieval city gate and just minutes from the central square. The current hosts, Stephan and Lilo, are the fourth generation of the same family to run the facility, which has been a hotel since 1488. The first thing guests notice is the charming entryway decorated with antiques. The bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and no two are alike. They all have one thing in common, however: each was personally decorated by the hostess with exquisite attention to detail. Guests can sample traditional Franconian dishes and home-brewed beer in the rustic restaurant.


Details: Rothenburg
Time seems to have stood still in this quaint little city huddled in a bend of the Tauber River. The cobble-stoned streets of the old town are lined with medieval buildings still protected by the old city wall. The two main streets, Herrngasse and Schmiedgasse, form an "L" that meets at the central market square dominated by the Renaissance town hall. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower for a good view of the town or walk along the top of the city wall. A popular attraction in addition to the architecture is the torture museum featuring medieval tools of torment.
Map: 1st day: Rothenburg

3rd day: Munich

Next to Nymphenburg Palace: 19th century Villa
Next to Nymphenburg Palace: 19th century Villa
Baroque city: Munich
Baroque city: Munich
Via Nuremberg or Romantic Road
Distance: 250 km Travel time: 3:00 h
Romantic Road: 280 km Travel time: 4:00 h

The eastern route will take you past Nuremberg before turning south to Munich. The former "Free City" crowned by the Imperial Castle is worth a visit.

Romantic Road: From Rothenburg take the Romantic Road (Romantische Straße) south to Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen, then continue to Munich via Donauwörth and Augsburg. Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen are the only three towns in Germany with fully intact medieval city walls.

Accommodation: A B&B at Nymphenburg Palace

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The attractive Neo-Renaissance villa was built in 1886 next to the Nymphenburg Palace and park, one of the most famous sites in Munich. The 17th century palace, now open to the public, has played an important role in numerous historic events. The small, family-run hotel next door prides itself on its 23 individually designed bedrooms and friendly service. Bicycles are loaned for free, for example, and tickets for the local public transportation system for the ride downtown can be purchased at the reception desk. In spite of the quiet location, Germanylargest beer garden is just minutes away. The hotel staff will gladly provide restaurant recommendations and assist with the planning of local activities. Indeed, the little inn was recently named a Service Hotelby the travel website Venere. Free parking is available.


Details: Munich
Like many cities, Munich started out as a small town enclosed by a wall and then expanded beyond it. The 'inner city' occupies such a small area that most sites are close together and easy to visit. The closeness gives a sense of the original wall - in fact, the gates still remain. The River Isar flows through the city, which is very green for its size. The enormous English Garden is a park with a lake and beer garden (of course) and is well worth a visit. Munich has true continental weather, meaning very warm in the summer and very cold in the winter. The splendid Prealpine lakes are less than an hour's drive away to the south. Munich is much more than the venue for the Oktoberfest - it is the high-tech capital of Germany, where many international companies have their European headquarters. There is too much to see in just a few days: the German National Museum is only the most famous of the countless museums and galleries. Beautiful baroque churches and beer gardens abound.##ENDE##
Map: 3rd day: Munich

5th day: Füssen

Where Ludwig II once tread: A mountain inn
Where Ludwig II once tread: A mountain inn
Stunning view from the inn
Stunning view from the inn
Medieval fantasy castle: Neuschwanstein
Medieval fantasy castle: Neuschwanstein
Romantic Road
Distance: 160 km     Travel time: 2:30 h

Much of this journey follows a scenic stretch of road that connects some of the most enchanting villages, churches and landscapes in southern Germany. A few places worth noting along the way are the towns of Hohenfurch, Schongau, Peiting, Rottenbuch and Wildsteig and the Pilgrimage Church of Wies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation: A remote mountain-top castle

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
On a lofty summit originally selected by King Ludwig the Mad for the site of another fairy-tale castle after completion of Neuschwanstein sits a hotel which is like no other. Newly arrived guests are first struck by the endless vistas of mountains, green valleys, lakes, and forests at their feet. Then comes the hotel itself, in which every room was individually and imaginatively decorated by the owners themselves, resulting in living quarters that are not mere guest rooms but distinct creations that exude luxury, taste and comfort. Next to the hotel the ruins of Ludwigfinal project still stand, within whose tranquil walls the visitor may better sense the lingering spirit of the eccentric ruler than at tourist-plagued Neuschwanstein, clearly visible in the distance. Travellers who brave the narrow road leading up to the castle will be richly rewarded.


Details: Neuschwanstein
Three miles south of Füssen at the edge of the Alps is the fairy tale castle built by King Ludwig II. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany, its design was inspired by stage decorations used for two Wagner operas, Tannhäuser and Parzival. The King known as "Ludwig the Mad" was officially declared insane before the castle's completion in 1896, and he drowned under mysterious circumstances in Lake Starnberg in southern Bavaria shortly after being removed from power. Consequently, no one has ever lived in the castle. Tours can be taken through several rooms, including the Throne Room and the Singers' Hall. The best views of the castle can be had from the Marienbrücke (Mary's Bridge).

If you want to visit the interior of the castle, be prepared of sharing this experience with many other tourists . To avoid long queues at the ticket office, you should book in advance on www.hohenschwangau.de
Map: 5th day: Füssen

7th day: Triberg

No better place to relax: Spa swimming pool
No better place to relax: Spa swimming pool
Over 400 years of Black Forest tradition: Hotel in Triberg
Over 400 years of Black Forest tradition: Hotel in Triberg
Germany's almost highest waterfall
Germany's almost highest waterfall
Around Lake Constance
Distance: 280 km Travel time: 4:30 h

The first part of the route will follow the panoramic German Alpine Road, one of the most scenic stretches in Germany. In Lindenberg you may want to stop to sample the famous Lindenberg Cheese. You will then take the so-called Green Road along the entire length of stunning Lake Constance. The Black Forest region begins about 50 km west of Lake Constance just past Geisingen. The route crosses the width of the Black Forest from east to west. Beautiful Lake Titisee (named after the Roman Emperor Titus) is worth a stop.

Accommodation: A spa hotel in Triberg

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The 400-year-old hotel was thoroughly renovated in 2007 and extended to include Triberg's top 5 star wellness and spa facilities. For dining, guests can choose between the two full-service restaurants, an outdoor café, a garden pavilion and a cosy bar in the vaulted cellar.

All of the elegantly appointed rooms include a designer ensuite bathroom and a balcony or patio. The theme rooms were named after different periods, such as Biedermeier, Baroque and Classic. The famous Triberg Waterfall is within walking distance, as are most local sites, such as the Black Forest Museum.

Details: Triberg
Located deep in the Black Forest 30 km from Freiburg, Triberg, considered the birthplace of the cuckoo clock, is known for two superlatives: the world's largest cuckoo clock and Germany's highest waterfall. The fact that the biggest cuckoo clock is actually in the nearby town of Schonach, and Triberg Waterfalls are really only the second highest in Germany, makes little difference. The little Black Forest town is worth seeing all the same. Other local sites include the Black Forest Museum and the Baroque pilgrimage church, Maria in der Tanne. The original chapel was built after water from the nearby spring allegedly cured a local villager of leprosy.
Map: 7th day: Triberg

9th day: Heidelberg

Renaissance architecture: Hotel in Heidelberg
Renaissance architecture: Hotel in Heidelberg
The cradle of German romanticism: Heidelberg
The cradle of German romanticism: Heidelberg
Via Baden-Baden
Distance: 180 km Travel time: 3:00 h

From Freiburg the route will head north along the entire west edge of the Black Forest National Park. One of the oldest German spas is located towards the north end of the Black Forest: Baden-Baden. Remnants of Roman baths show that the natural springs of Baden-Baden have been valued by the privileged classes for over 2,000 years.

Accommodation: A Renaissance hotel in downtown Heidelberg

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Heidelberg is a romantic old university town with a long pedestrian street, the Hauptstrasse, which constitutes the dynamic heart of the city. The hotel stands at the beginning of this key avenue. Its stately facade dates from 1592, the year the gold sign was imprinted that still hangs above the door. Official records show the building served as a town hall for a decade before becoming the Hotel Zum Ritter. Thanks to the hotel's impressive facade and central location, its lovely panelled dining room is popular among the throngs of tourists that flock to Heidelberg. This makes the hotel a very bustling place in the evenings. It has been extended to the rear, and in the newer wing you find ten spacious, modern bedrooms with custom-fitted furniture and floor-to-ceiling draperies. The remaining rooms vary from small single rooms to large bedrooms overlooking the busy main street. The decor is more modern than old-world.


Details: Heidelberg
Situated on the Neckar at the point where the river flows into the Rhine valley, this university town is considered one of Germany's most scenic cities. It was the cradle of German romanticism around 1800 and a source of inspiration for many important German authors of the period, such as Clemens Brentano, Joseph von Eichendorff and the Schlegel brothers. Numerous prominent thinkers have been associated with Heidelberg University (founded in 1313), including Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Jürgen Habermas. Karl Drais, who invented the bicycle in 1817, also studied here.

The city and its famous medieval castle were destroyed in 1693 and rebuilt in the baroque style of architecture in the 18th century. The majestic ruins of the partially restored Heidelberg Castle rest on a hill overlooking the city. Visitors who take the time to walk up the hill to the castle will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Heidelberg and the surrounding landscape
Map: 9th day: Heidelberg

10th day: Frankfurt

Built for an empress: Kronberg Palace
Built for an empress: Kronberg Palace
Antique furniture by the fireplace: A palace chamber
Antique furniture by the fireplace: A palace chamber
Trading centre for centuries: Frankfurt
Trading centre for centuries: Frankfurt
Rhine-Main Valley
Distance: 90 km Travel time: 1:00 h

This leg will take you around the edge of the Odenwald forest through the heavily populated Rhine-Main Valley.

Accommodation: Schlosshotel Kronberg

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Kronberg Palace was built in 1889 by Empress Victoria, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria of England and the wife of German Emperor Frederick III. The unique design of the palace reflects the monarch's position between two cultures: Half the building was built in German timber-frame style and half in the style of a British country manor house. The popular empress lived in the palace from 1889 to 1901, making it the centre of courtly life in Germany. Many of the rooms are decorated with antiques and original portraits, including two of the sovereign herself. The spirit of royalty is still preserved at Kronberg today. The luxury accommodation is a member of "The Leading Hotels of the World", an association of properties held to the highest standards.

Umfulana clients are assigned a superior room: A category of individually designed and extraordinarily comfortable bedrooms featuring the Empress's furniture. Guests will relish the unparalleled mixture of modern luxury and historical ambiance on a royal scale. The tranquil setting and manicured grounds make it easy to forget that Frankfurt Airport is a mere 20-minute drive away.

Details: Frankfurt
Situated on the banks of River Main Frankfurt is the financial and tansportation centre of Germany. The only German city with a skyline is seat of the European Central Bank and all major German banks. Frankfurt Airport is one of the busiest in the world. Almost one in three of the people living in Frankfurt do not hold a German passport. No matter where visitors come from, they will always meet people in Frankfurt who speak their language and a restaurant that serves their favourite food. The open and hospitable atmosphere in Frankfurt stems from its centuries-old role as a trading centre. Near to the skyscrapers the is the medieval town centre with historic town hall, churches and countless Ebbelwei pubs.
Map: 10th day: Frankfurt

11th day: Frankfurt

Departure

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Frankfurt, Airport

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS (Germany)
Type: VW Rabbit or similar (Group B)

Equipment: Air-conditioning, radio/CD, electric windows, central locking system, manual shift

Max excess/deductible: EUR 850.00
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 1,639.001
(EUR 1,326.00)1




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Best Travel Time:
April – October

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