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Once upon a time in Germany… The Romantic Road Group Tour
The Romantic Road runs through the cultural and historical heartland of southern Germany
Take a group tour through time with Germany’s Romantic Road. Loosely based on an old Roman road, the Romantische Strasse weaves 220miles across some of the Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg’s most quintessentially German sights and settings.
Winding through Würzburg, Augsburg, Nuremburg and Rothenburg, this tour offers amazing insight into a wealth of German history, culture and tradition with a healthy helping of architectural beauty along the way.Read more
Wine and Würzburg
Spread across both banks of the River Main, Würzburg is the Romantic Road’s northernmost attraction. Surrounded by luscious vineyards, the striking Fortress Marienburg and Würzburg residence, the Bavarian city boasts a mixed history. Würzburg is the site of the largest peace time trials in human history – between 1926 and 1931 it is estimated 600 to 900 witches were burned here.
The city’s best architecture was painstakingly recreated after sustaining heavy damaged during World War Two.
To Augustus, forever ago
The green city of Augsburg is Germany’s third oldest. Affectionately referred to a Fuggerstadt or Datschiburg after two of its most famous children – the Fugger banking family and a fruit-based sweet – Augsburg was named for Roman Emperor Augustus.
Decked with history, Augsburg’s St Anna Kirche is often regarded as Germany’s oldest renaissance church while the Fuggerei Catholic welfare settlement provides a living representation of the past. 200 people still live in the Fuggerei, their rents frozen at one Rhenish guilder (€0.88) per year.
Wander through the historic city streets, from the former home of Bertolt Brecht to the Rathaus’ stunning Goldener Saal meeting room. See the legendary Stony Man statue –said to be a baker who threw loaves baked from sawdust over the city walls during a siege so to demoralise the attackers with the city’s apparent abundance of food.
A city of empires, holy and unholy
The undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, Nuremburg’s Kaiserburg castle, sitting above the Altstadt, is a monument to the city’s longevity. The castle’s Sinwell Tower provides ideal panoramas of the city.
Built on the rail industry, Nuremburg was at the centre of Germany’s industrial revolution. As a result, it became a target for Hitler, who held huge rallies in the city to court the city’s disaffected working class. The Reichsparteitagsgelände (say that with a mouthful of toffee) provided the backdrop for the infamous black and white images of Nazism’s rise. As the tide of war turned, Nuremburg also became the target of Allied bombs, levelling the city in 1945. The city has been carefully resurrected in the years since.
Post-war, the city became the site of the Nuremburg war crimes tribunal, in which the Nazi hierarchy saw justice. A memorial to the trials stands in the city today.
A town out of time
Set among stunning royal gardens taking their inspiration from Versailles is Weikersheim Schloss. The 12th century palace boasts enough ornate decor and rigour to embarrass even the most lavish of royals. The 40m-long Knights’ Hall provides a centrepiece to the palace’s renaissance beauty.
Settled in the Tauber Valley, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town out of time. Encircled by 1.5miles of wall, Rothenburg is one of Germany’s few remaining walled towns and subject to some of the country’s strictest urban conservation laws. The town hit the big time providing the backdrop to the 1968 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Here, in a town oftentimes too fantastical to be believed, history is always present. It truly put the romance in the Romantic Road.
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Dates throughout 2022
Suggested itinerary by coach
Day 1 - 2
Depart the UK
Travel to Dover to take the ferry across the Channel to Calais. From there, continue through France to Germany, stopping for an overnight on the way.
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour Würzburg Old Town. Enjoy a visit to the marvellous Fortress Marienberg for panoramic views of the area and the surrounding vineyards, then explore further at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO world heritage site. Afterwards, enjoy some free time or perhaps visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting.
Steiff Museum & Augsburg
Today, we begin our journey down the Romantic Road towards Augsburg, but first with a stop off at the Steiff Museum to discover the world’s largest collection of Steiff teddy bears. Then, afterwards head to the lovely city of Augsburg, where we offer an optional guided walking tour.
Today, we visit Nuremberg, a city brimming with history and culture, offering visitors a wide variety of attractions to visit. From wandering through the historic streets of the Old Town, to eating at the world’s oldest sausage restaurant, Nuremberg is well worth a visit. Furthermore, visit the historic palace of Justice as well as the Reichsparteitagsgelände, where the Nazi rallies took place. Explore at your leisure or enjoy an optional guided tour.
Schloss Weikersheim & Rothenburg
Renaissance to the core, Schloss Weikersheim is one of the finest palaces on the entire Romantic Road, surrounded by beautiful formal gardens inspired by Versailles, enjoy as part of the guided tour, or wander around the elegant gardens at your leisure. Then travel to one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bavaria, Rothenburg Obder Tauber. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the magical walled medieval town – one of the only ones left in Germany and setting for famous film; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Travel to the UK
Check out of your hotel to head back towards the port at Calais via an overnight stop on the way. On day 8, cross the Channel to Dover and continue on to your local area.
Stay a bit longer?
Why not see more on the Romantic Road or head south towards Munich.
Maritim Hotel Würzburg ****
The Maritim Hotel Bad Wildungen is set in the spa town of the same name. The hotel is situated by a forest, overlooking the Kurpark public spa park, 2.4 km from Bad Wildungen train station. The rooms feature a TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar and either Kurpark or forest views. There are 2 high-end eateries and a stylish bar with a seasonal terrace. Other perks include a stylish spa, an indoor pool and a fitness room, plus a playroom and 15 meeting rooms. Opposite the hotel, on the other side of the river Main, there is a public parking lot “Friedensbrücke” with parking spaces for buses. These do not belong to the hotel and will be charged with 12,00 € per day.
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