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One of the classics - The district Allgäu and the Romantic Road
On the trail of King Ludwig II and the Fugger


© Rothenburg Tourismus Service

 

Day 1: Munich
Arrival in the Bavarian metropolis.
Welcome to Munich!

Munich… Bavaria’s cosmopolitan capital
Metropolis and yet a village of millions – the diversity of the city is astounding.
A stroll through the Viktualienmarkt (food market) or on the Maximilian Street, relaxing in the English Garden, visits to the many art galleries – these are the ingredients for a successful visit to Munich.
In the evening you can experience Bavarian sociability in a beer garden or rustic Brauhaus.

The driver from your private limousine service will await you in the arrival hall to bring you to your lodgins.
The rest of the day is free for you to acclimatise. Use the time for your first stroll through the city.
Relax in one of the many cafes or visit the Dallmayr, a real paradise of speciality coffees .
To end the day, we recommend a rustic, cozy tavern in the center of the city such as the “Hofbräuhaus”. Experience a typical Bavarian evening and try some of the local dishes: f.e. ”Obatzda, Leberkäs, Schweinshaxe”.

 

Day 2: Munich
Breakfast.

After breakfast your licensed tour guide will be waiting to give you an extensive tour of Munich.

You will stroll over the Marien place with its famous carillon, the city’s landmark – the Frauenkirche with its two steeples, the Isar Gate, the Viktualienmarkt (food market), the Palace of Justice, the opera and much more.

For lunch, the afternoon and dinner, you’re on your own.

Shopping fans will find a visit to the Maximilian Street on the Boulevard rewarding.

For those otherwise inclined, there are many eminent museums to choose from: over the ancient world, modern art, natural and technical museums, the German museum.

 

Day 3: Munich and the Allgäu
Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast.

Today the driver of your private limousine will bring you to the Allgäu region – enjoy the ride through the alpine scenery.

One of the first stops will be at the Wieskirche, a church of pilgrimage listed by UNESCO as an object of cultural worth.

The tour goes on to Oberammergau, famous for the passion play , performed every then years by amateur actors from the area. Well worth seeing are the houses decorated with „Lüftlmalerei“, Pilate’s House and the Oberammergau museum. There are many artisans (Herrgottschnitzer or carvers of God) who sell their creations in their own stores.

Lunch on your own.

Refreshed we head on to the Royal Castle Neuschwanstein – the fairy tale castle of King Ludwig II (seen for example in the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”).

Neuschwanstein is one of the most visited castles and forts in Europe. The idyllic location of the castle is unique. The extremely shy king had the castle built to get away from people. Today it is a magnet for visitors.
You can take a carriage ride up to the castle and take a tour through the fascinating chambers.

With a host of mew impressions we travel on to Füssen, where you can explore on your own the old city.

Afterwards we take a boat trip around the Forggen lake, which through a dam forms the fifth largest lake in Bavaria. (Boat trip can be booked from June to October).

Travel back to Munich – dinner on your own.

 

Day 4: Munich/Augsburg
Breakfast – check out.

After breakfast we leave Munich and travel to the Fugger City Augsburg.
Even as you arrive you will be presented with a unique landscape

Augsburg… city of the Fuggers, Mozart, and Bertolt Brecht
A city of Romans and the Renaissance and the center of this region.
This Jewel in the heart of southern Germany has seen and experienced much in the many centuries of its existence. The city was grounded a few years before the birth of Christ by the Caesar Augustus with the name "Augusta Vindelicum" and is the oldest city in Bavaria and the second oldest in Germany.

You will be taken to your hotel, after which your licensed tour guide will show you the many sites that have been part of Augsburg’s history.
City Hall with the Golden Chamber, the Fuggerei, the old craftsmen’s district, the palaces on the Maximillian Street, the Bertold Brecht house.

Lunch on your own.

After lunch a visit to the Fuggerei is on the program.
The Fuggerei is a “city within the city “, with a church, city walls and three gates. Even today, the community is supported almost exclusively by monies from a foundation (which owns forests and other properties). It was founded in 1521 by Josef Fugger the Rich as a settlement for citizens of Augsburg in need, and is the oldest social settlement in the world. The rent of an apartment in the Fuggerei is still nominally the worth of a Rhenish gulden (currently set at 88 Euro cents) plus three prayers daily for their benefactor and his family. Currently about 150 people occupy the 140 apartments in 67 buildings. Probably the most prominent resident of the Fuggerei was the master mason Franz Mozart, great grandfather of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Dinner on your own - enjoy some of the Swabian specialties in the Augsburger Ratskeller.

 

Day 5: Augsburg/Nördlingen/Dinkelsbühl
Breakfast – check out.

The journey on the Romantic highway continues via Nördlingen to Dinkelsbühl.

Nördlingen is the only city in Germany which still retains the complete original city walls which can be walked on, with five gates and eleven towers. In the middle of the old city you will find the late gothic hall church of St. George with a 300 foot bell tower, colloquially known as Daniel. A tower keeper still stands there around the clock and calls his greeting every evening.

Make an accompanied tour through the medieval alleys of the former free city. The atmosphere of the Middle Ages, valuable works of art and interesting museums will leave a lasting impression.

After lunch on your own, it’s on to Dinkelsbühl.

Dinkelsbühl… the fairy tayle city of the Middle Ages

Dinkelsbühl lies at the midpoint of the Romantic Highway, the best known and best loved German tourist route. Dinkelsbühl was a free city in the Holy Roman Empire. Because of the very well preserved late medieval townscape, it is today an important tourist destination on the Romantic Highway. The city attracts with architecture of the late Middle Ages and many cultural sites. The half timbered houses are crowned with high gables and are of many hues, giving the city its colorful appearance.

You will be driven to your hotel to enjoy a good dinner after your long day.

 

Day 6: Dinkelsbühl/Schillingsfürst/Rothenburg o.T.
Breakfast – check out.

Before we journey on, we will take the time for a walk through the historic old city.
Your licensed tour guide will show you all the sights: the Cathedral of St. George, the old and new city halls, the Rothenburger Gate.

Our way leads us now via Schillingsfürst to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Schillingfürst lies in the middle of the densely wooded natural park Frankenhöhe. The city’s landmark is the baroque castle of the princes of Hohenlohe-Schillingfürst with the Bavarian training schools for hunting falcons. Well worth seeing are the demonstrations where the birds show their skills. (Daily at 11 AM and 3 PM).

Lunch on your own.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber… experience the Romance
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is world known for its medieval townscape and is called the most romantic of German cities. History is seldom so present as it is here.
A stroll through the narrow streets, scintillating views of the lovely Tauber valley, regional delicacies leave you with lasting impressions. Art, culture and history rain upon you in a depth and variety you will seldom find elsewhere.

You will be taken to your hotel.

Take an exploratory tour, discover the old city with romantic alleys and corners and give yourself an overview.
The magnificent city hall, the many churches and burgher dwellings, convent gardens, the Markus Tower.

Dinner on your own in one of the inns.

To top off the evening in Rothenburg in an unforgettable way, we transport you back in time.
You will accompany the night watchman on his rounds through the darkness.

Follow him through unlit alleys and the brightly lit squares. Savor the atmosphere of “dark Rothenburg”. Listen to the tales that the watchman can tell you and get a feeling for how life was lived a long time ago.

 

Day 7: Rothenburg o.T./Creglingen/Weikersheim/Würzburg
Breakfast – check out.

After breakfast, its time to say goodbye to Rothenburg and journey via Creglingen and Weikersheim to Würzburg.

Our first stop is in Creglingen – this small medieval district center is well worth seeing.
The historical town center, the Herrgotts Church with its altar to Our Lady created by Tilman Riemenschneider, the Schlosserturm , the old city hall etc all invite you to linger.

On we go to Weikersheim.
During lunch on your own, you can fortify yourself for a guided walk through the city.

On Market Square, the castle welcomes you with its powerful attraction. The imposing and vibrant baroque castle park, laid out in the manner of Versailles, lies behind the magnificent castle.
The goal of every promenade through the park is the Orangery, with a splendid view of the stony slopes of the Tauber valley. The park is watched over and animated by over 50 stone figures – gnomes, dwarfs, ancient gods and symbols of the winds and elements.

How about a tour through the castle? You will be guided through the magnificently furnished chambers, carefully and completely preserved to the present day. The Great Hall with its paneled ceiling, the hangings picturing hunting scenes and the life sized statues of animals mirror the glamour of the festival halls of the period.

You will now leave the more rural area of the Romantic Highway and travel on to Würzburg.

Würzburg… the city on the Main River
The university and convention town of Würzburg lies among many vineyards, watched over by the Marienberg Fortress. The old city is dominated by the towers of the Kilian Cathedral, Neumünster and the Chapel of Our Lady next to the former residence of the Prince Bishop (UNESCO cultural site), a magnificent baroque masterpiece of construction by Balthasar Neumann. The towers of the cathedral can be seen from afar and harmonize with the old bridge over the Main River and the fortress to form the beautiful impression left by the city.

We will drive you to your hotel, where you will be left to your own devices for dinner.

 

Day 8: Würzburg
Breakfast.

Acquaint yourself with the beauty of the city on a guided walk.

There are sights around every corner of the old city witnessing to its changeful history: the Falkenhaus (with a rococo facade), the Marienkapelle (figures of Adam and Eve in sandstone made by Tilman Riemanschneider), Market Square, the old Main bridge with its view of the fortress and the Pilgrimage Church Käppele (from Bathasar Neumann). The Grafeneckerart, the oldest part of the Town Hall, Neumünster and the Lusamgärtlein (with the monument on  the grave of Walter von der Vogelweide).

Lunch on your own.

In the afternoon we would recommend a visit to the residence of the Prince Bishop or to the Marienburg Fortress.

We let the day fade away with a boat tour on the Main.
(Can be booked from May to September for a minimum of 35 participants).
Dinner can be had on the ship.

 

Day 9: Departure
Breakfast - check out.

After having gotten to know Würzburg well, it is now time to take leave of the Romantic Highway and carry your many new impressions home with you.

The driver of your limousine will transport you to the train station or the airport.

Please consider all of our tour description only as examples.
We will be happy to prepare an individual plan for your journey through any European country.
Our goal is to fulfill all of your personal wishes for your journey!