Few destinations are as much like a storybook as Germany—especially when you’re on an epic road trip.
The country is filled with roads that wind through the land, with over 100 routes traversing the picturesque villages and countryside. With castles and flowing rivers, mountain peaks and beautiful towns, it’s straight out of a fairytale.
And it doesn’t stop there. Even the names of the roads lend themselves to this storybook theme. Next time you pack up and hit the road in Germany, consider these three routes that make for exciting and romantic road trips.
The Romantic Road
Located in the southern part of the country, the Romantic Road runs from Würzburg to Füssen—350 kilometers or 220 miles. Formulated in the 1950s as a way to stimulate tourism, the culture and scenery along the route really does lend itself to a romantic atmosphere full of canals, lakes and sweeping meadows.
Start in historic Würzburg as you wind south past the medieval cities of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen. Also a part of the tour, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Alps provide a chance for visitors to tour a castle. You’ll end up in Füssen, an adorable Bavarian town with mountains in the distance.
The Castle Road
If your image of a storybook road trip is one filled with expansive German castles, the Castle Road is the route for you. You’re bound to have a magical experience with more than 70 castles along the way.
The road starts in southwestern Germany in Mannheim with Mannheim Palace, a Baroque castle that hosts tours and devotes part of the building to the local university. The entire route runs 1,000 kilometers—more than 600 miles—before ending over the border of the Czech Republic in Prague. Other notable castles include Heidelberg Castle, Nuremberg Castle and, of course, Prague Castle.
The Fairytale Road
Not as long as the Castle Road, but longer than the Romantic Road, the Fairytale Road runs from Hanau in the central part of Germany to Bremen in the north, allowing you to cover many different parts of the country between the three roads. The road gets its name because it features many destinations relevant to the lives of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. People around the world are familiar with their tales.
Along the way, visit Hanau, where the brothers were born, and Steinau, their childhood home. They studied at Marburg, also along the route, and visitors can also spot Little Red Riding Hood land from Alsfeld to Fritzlar and Bad Wildungen, Snow White’s village. The picturesque and historic nature of the route just enhances the experience.
Getting Ready to Go
Next time you’re planning a road trip in Germany, make sure you have plenty of space in the car. You can ensure there is room to be comfortable by enlisting the help of a cargo hitch carrier to keep your luggage safe and sound atop the car.
Packing for these types of road trips require one very important thing—a camera. Before you head out, make sure your memory card has plenty of space so you can capture the romantic trip. You’ll be impressed by so much of what you see—from stunning viewpoints to even the most minute details.
Another thing you’ll want to bring along is a physical map. The map will ensure you stay on the right route and find your way back if you get lost. Happy travels!