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Autobahn to Romantic Road

Listed under Road Trips in Bavaria, Germany.

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A fantastic prospect for fans of architecture and fairytales, driving from Heidelberg Castle to Neuschwanstein Castle (Füssen), inspirations to Walt Disney and Ian Fleming respectively. The speed limitless Autobahn is a temptation for any speed enthusiast (traffic permitting), Romantic Road a beautiful passage through German countryside and history, a purpose-built tourist route built on Via Augustus, the Roman and medieval trade route. Truly special sights to be experienced include the Würzburg Residence, the Marienberg Fortress and statues by Riemenschneider. Overall, what is most obvious is the clever use of building on the natural undulating landscape; out-standing castles, churches, villages and hotels delivering outstanding views.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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Pilgrim Route

The road, winding its way through the wonderful Rothenburg, is both a scenic and a bloody route. Some of the bloodiest massacres in European history, prior to WW1, took place here in the 30 years war. Formerly a route for pilgrims from the north of Europe towards the Alps and Rome, it was cut off when the Protestants split from the Catholic church, and what was once a busy commercial road quickly became a backwater. This is the reason that much of the original medieval fabric of these villages has been preserved - no one had the resources to build and update. Today, once again, it's a thriving tourist route (the pilgrims, after all, were amongst Europe's earliest tourists) - and it's worth doing in a leisurely way, staying in the village inns or castle hotels en route while the tour buses roar past and leave you in peace to enjoy it at your own pace.

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