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The Romantic Road

The charming village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (c) Rothenburg Tourismus Service

The Romantic Road comes with a whole set of superlatives. Launched in 1950, it is not only Germany's oldest holiday route, but also its most well-known and beloved one. The name says it all: from Wurzburg to Füssen, from the river Main until into the Alps, medieval and romantic Bavaria is at its best.

Besides the various and breathtaking landscapes, highlights include must-see cities such as Wurzburg with its bishops' residence (UNESCO world heritage site), Tauberbischofsheim and its half-timbered artisans' houses, Nördlingen with Germany's one and only preserved medieval city wall, Augsburg, home of the Fuggers and Renaissance jewel, and of course Füssen, boasting the royal castles Bavaria has become world-famous for.

In addition to all this, there is much more hidden along the road, asking to be discovered along the way -- one of the most spectacular places being the charming village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which provided backdrop for numerous motion pictures, including a few aerial pictures shot for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows".

Opportunities are many for the visitors of the so-called Romantic Road. Be it by coach, by car, by motorbike or bicycle, or even for hikers -- one can cross Bavaria  from North to South.

More: www.romantischestrasse.de