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Romantic Road Part II : Driving from Würzburg and Taubertal valley to Rothenburg, Augsburg and Landsberg.

Würzburg, Wertheim, Weikersheim. The names of the first towns on the Romantic Road in Southern Germany are catchy. The Tauber Valley, which connects them, deserves to be called the “Lovely Tauber Valley” thanks to its beautiful river meanders. It is also well signposted, the “Romantic Road”: From Würzburg to the Allgäu, it is one of the oldest theme roads in Germany. In addition to having my GPS in the car, it helps me to follow the brown signs indicating “Romantische Straße”:

 

After leaving the city of Würzburg, do make sure to stop at Wertheim. (If you want to read more about the city of Würzburg at the beginning of the Romantic Road, I have published about it here already). Wertheim is very art-loving and has its own identity mixing historical flair, discreet old town romanticism and the surrounding river landscape of the Tauber valley. At the glass museum, you can blow your own glass, visit some artists in their studios, or just stroll through the city by the river Tauber.

Burn your own glass at the glass museum of Wertheim …

 

... den Bummel am F(l)uss der Altstadt lob' ich mir ebenso ...

… loving my stroll down by the river …

 

... wie die Begegnung mit den Künstlern der Stadt, ... Vielen Dank, liebe Christiane Förster, für die Organisation!

… as well as meeting some of the town’s creatives, such as Johannes Schwab in his studio here. Thank you so much, Christiane Förster, for making it all happen!

 

Etwas weiter entlang des Taubertales erwarten Euch Kleinode wie das Schloss Weikersheim ...

A little further along, there is Bronnbach Monastery for you to visit …

 

Etwas weiter entlang des Taubertales erwarten Euch Kleinode wie das Schloss Weikersheim ...

… Weikersheim Palace …

 

... mit seinen imposanten und obendrein wirklich gut erhaltenen, alten Mobiliar aus der Zeit vor über 200 Jahren ...

… including a stunning collection of old, original furniture well over 200 years old …

 

... besonders der Renaissance-Saal hier,

… do check out their Renaissance ballroom, which even has a sculpted elephant hanging from its wall (see picture on the right)!

 

From Weikersheim, you need a further 40 minutes to reach the historic small town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which, in addition to its many cultural treasures, is considered a popular “instagramable city” and therefore attracts a mass audience of international guests. More than half of the approximately 500,000 annual visitors come from abroad, including many Asians and Americans. Nevertheless (or precisely because of that) I like the city very much. That might also be due to my utterly charming city guide, called “Farmer’s wife Walburga“, who through captivating storytelling involves me in the events of the city around the year 1500. She truly brings one of the half-timbered houses of the old town to life.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber profitiert neben seiner Altstadt-Romantik von der schönen Lage am Felsen über dem Fluss ...

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is set high atop a hillside overgrown by lush forests …

 

... hier treffe ich auf die Stadtführerin Maria ...

… my charming local guide “Walburga” …

 

... und staune nicht schlecht ob des Alltags in einem der zahlreichen kleinen Fachwerkhäuser der Stadt ...

… has me dive into the everyday life of old in Rothenburg ob der Tauber …

 

.. dem Blick durch die historischen Gassen und Hinterhöfe ...

… and I just love exploring the local backyards, virtually unchanged throughout the course of history …

 

... am Ende des Tages muss ich gestehen, dass ich mir den modernen Komfort der heutigen Zeit doch liebe ...

… at the end of the day, however, I am quite happy about the comfort of modern times, to be found here at Hotel Luise in Dinkelsbühl …

 

... die Nachtwächterführung zum Tagesausklang in Dinkelsbühl ist großartig ...

… when stopping here, do make sure you arrive in time for a tour with the night watchman of Dinkelsbühl …

 

... lockt staunende Besucher in Scharen an!

… he surely is an attraction in his own right!

 

Dinkelsbühl, Du bist gleichauf mit Rothenburg ob der Tauber eine meiner Lieblings-Städte an der Romantischen Straße!

Dinkelsbühl, both you and Rothenburg ob der Tauber are two must-see small towns along the “Romantic Road” in Germany!

 

You may actually travel the route described above from Wertheim to Dinkelsbühl in one day. However, I do not recommend you to. Especially the “Lovely Tauber Valley” (the actual marketing claim of the Tauber valley) made me want to explore it by bike. So beautiful is the river landscape and with it the first part of my road trip on the Romantic Road.

For a better overview of where I am at each of the spots described, I’ve created the following travel map for you:

 

Just ahead of the city of Augsburg, do make sure to stop once more for a climb of the tower of Nördlingen (360 steps), as well as a visit to Harburg fortress, one of the largest of its kind in Southern Germany.

“Most of the people who climb our city tower are completely out of breath”, laughs the mischievous tower keeper at the “Daniel”, as the tower of Nördlingen is also called. After some time to catch your breath over cuddling the tower cats, you can enjoy the view of the surrounding city and landscape. On clear days, they tell me (not during my visit unfortunately), you can even see the Alps in the distance.

Nördlingen an der Romantischen Straße

Nördlingen, just another romantic spot along the “Romantic Road” …

 

... lohnt ebenso den Besuch wie die nicht weit entfernte Burg Harburg ...

… is just as worthwhile to visit, as is Harburg Fortress …

 

... regelmäßige Führungen geben einen Einblick in das Leben früherer Burggenerationen, die bis in das Jahr 1150 zurückreicht.

… where regular guided tours are ready to take you back into the defense mechanisms of this fortress, whose early beginnings date back to the year 1150.

 

Finally, I arrive in the city of Augsburg, where I spend the night in my cosy, centrally located “hostelhotelhome”. David Wittner, who is a charming and well-read historian of only 31 years, then welcomes me for a guided tour of the city, including a tour through the “Fuggerei” followed by a Spätzle dinner at the Rathauskeller restaurant. “With the Fuggerei, we unfortunately did not make on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list, as 60% of the historic social housing quarters had to be reconstructed after the war and is therefore not considered an original. However, we have applied for the historical use of our water power: Did you know that Augsburg has twice as many canals as Venice? The whole city is crossed with water veins for energy production, as well as for transport dating back many centuries already.” I listen to David, and we hardly notice that the hours pass. When it’s time to say goodbye, we make a firm commitment to visit each other again: Thank you very much for the many interesting hours spent together in Augsburg, dear David!

Lieblingsplatzerl in Augsburg:

One of my favourite places in Würzburg: The boat canal right in the city centre, where you can also rent a small boat of your own.

 

... Fuggerei ...

Check out the local “Fuggerei”, a large social housing department right in the middle of the city that is the earliest of its kind in the whole wide world.

 

Etwas weiter südlich, in Landsberg ...

Just a little south of Augsburg, you can find the small town of Landsberg …

 

... könnt Ihr Euch im Gasthaus Süßbräu kulinarisch verwöhnen lassen ...

… after a stroll around, I can recommend you to have lunch at Gasthaus Süßbräu …

 

... sowie diese einzigartige Kirche bestaunen:

… their church is worth the visit, too, for its painted cross above the altar which seems to follow you around as you move! A fascinating “trompe l’oeil” painting technique!

 

And just because it’s worth taking the extra look along the “Romantic Road”, I’ve made this short travel video for you to enjoy:

 

If you wish to see even more travel photographs from my road trip along the Romantic Road in Germany, you can check out my Flickr photo gallery here:

 

Disclaimer: I have been invited by the German National Tourist Board and the Romantic Road to go on this trip to Würzburg. All opinions are my own.

Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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