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The Romantic Road takes you through a variety of walled medieval towns, eye-catching castles, and unspoiled countryside in Bavaria.
It travels from Wurzburg to Fussen (see small map below). The whole journey will put about 300 kilometers (200 miles) on your odometer.
The Romantic Road concept was created a little over a half century ago by a consortium of towns seeking to boost their tourism. Initially, some people thought the concept would never become popular. But it caught on. Today, it's a well-established travel institution.
It is the traditional northern starting point. Its chief attractions are the Residenz palace (see left side of photo), the Marienberg Fortress, and the Old Town.
The best and most famous in-between town is Rothenburg, which is a Hillman Wonders medal winner by itself.
The Romantic Road ends in Fussen in the foothills of the Alps. The town is interesting and is near the famous Neuschwanstein Castle (see right side of photo).
Location in Germany