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Unconventional though it may be, your personal fairytale will begin in the high-rise metropolitan of Frankfurt, where your feet will first touch German soil. Upon arrival, pick up your AVIS rental car and set off on your adventure.
Gaze out the window as skyscrapers give way to rolling hills, then forests and finally vineyards. It won’t be long — roughly 90 minutes —before you find yourself in the charming town of Wurzburg, the northern gateway to the Romantic Road.
Begin your day with breakfast and a final glance at Wurzburg, before hitting the road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Leave before midday and arrive at five past the Middle Ages, in a town that seems untouched by the hands of time
Fairytale forests, open fields and sleepy townships await you, as you spend the day finding out what earned the Romantic Road its name. Cast your medieval life aside after breakfast and head to Augsburg, stopping at quaint villages along the way. Visit Feuchtwangen, adored for its traditional half-wooden gabled houses, Dinkelsbuhl, famed for its historical city wall, and Donauworth, a 5th century fishing village which boasts an artistic culture and picturesque waterside vistas.
No fairytale would be complete without a castle. On day four you’ll get to see the one that inspired Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland — Schlossss Neuschwanstein. Begin the day with breakfast before leaving Augsburg for the enchanting town of Fussen. Take a few minutes to walk its streets and admire the colorful architecture of the churches, old houses and market squares. If you have a few extra minutes, stroll down to the Lech Falls and feel the bridge tremble beneath your feet under the force of the gushing water.
Next, make your way to the village of Hohenschwangau where you’ll discover two of Bavaria’s most impressive castles.
Wake up to a delicious breakfast before seeing what else Bavaria has to offer. Begin the day’s exploration at Schlossss Linderhof — a whimsical palace built by King Ludwig II. Set in a picturesque alpine valley, Linderhof embodies the dreamy qualities of its surroundings. Inside you’ll find a hall of mirrors, a disappearing table, an ivory chandelier and an ostrich-feather carpet among the king’s flamboyant appointments. Come during the warmer months (April-October), and you can also see the landscape garden and its buildings, including the Venus Grotto — an artificial cave with a lake, on which King Ludwig II demanded to be rowed around aboard a swan boat.
Now that you’ve become acquainted with the countryside, it’s time for a change of scenery. After breakfast leave the mountains, valleys, fields and lakes behind and travel north to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. While probably best known for its Oktoberfest beer festival, this multi-faceted city has many historical, modern and cultural charms to offer a savvy traveller. Start your exploration at Marienplatz — a large square in the center of Munich’s old town. Aside from playing host to street performers, restaurants, cafes and shops, Marienplatz is also home to one of Munich’s most impressive buildings, the gothic revival Neues Rathaus (literally “new town hall”).
Sneak in a bit of culture on your last day in Munich. Head down to the Kunstareal (the art district) after breakfast, and visit one of its many galleries and museums. Then drop your car off at the airport, board your plane and wave a final goodbye.
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