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Germany is arguably one of the best countries for a road trip with its amazing forests, picturesque villages and breathtaking countryside packed with medieval castles and fortresses. If you are thinking about taking a road trip in Germany this summer, there are many scenic drives to choose from. They include romantic roads with small towns and cozy, intimate hotels; fairy tale roads with places that became famous thanks to the Brothers Grimm tales; historic roads with numerous palaces and castles; and the breathtaking wine roads. Most start or finish right on your doorstep too! Here are the most famous four…
1. The Fairy Tale Route
If you are a fan of those famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this is a perfect road trip for you! It’s a 370-mile route that stretches between the birthplace of the authors in Hanau near Frankfurt to the northern city of Bremen – setting of the famous story of The Town Musicians of Bremen.
The route meanders through many of the towns and small places that have inspired the Brothers Grimm to write their tales as well as the cities the authors spent some time living in.
There are various nature parks along the way and some very special towns that capitalise on their connections to the famous fairytales; the house of Little Red Riding Hood in Alsfeld, the spa in Bad Wildungen has a Snow White Museum, and of course Hameln has a fountain dedicated to the Pied Piper.
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2. The Romantic Road
This is a popular road trip for those who want to spend a nice couple of days on the road with their loved ones. Travellers can stop at romantic, secluded hotels to spend the night or just get a meal as well enjoy the breathtaking countryside along the way.
This 260-mile route starts in Würzburg ends in Füssen in the German Alps and takes you via the Neuschwanstein Castle (see main image), one of the most famous castles in the world, and the inspiration for Disney’s castle.
While driving across Bavaria, you will go through many incredibly beautiful, picturesque towns with cute houses that date back to the 15th and 16th century. The most popular towns not to be missed on this route include the historic cities of Würzburg, Augsburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen. You will discover great folklore festivals, nice restaurants and taste some of the many world-class wines offered, but it’s the views that will take your breath away.
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3. The Castles Road
For those who are more into history, driving along the so-called Castle Road can be very enjoyable. It is a 625-mile long route that starts in the south west of Germany with Mannheim’s baroque palace and ends in the east with the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. There are dozens of centuries-old fortresses, castles and museums along the route.
If you don’t have the time to stop at every castle along the way, there are a couple you should not not miss like the Schwetzingen Castle, Heidelberg Castle, the Castle of Neuenstein, the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, the Residenz in Bamberg, and the Castle at Colmberg which is a castle-hotel where you can spend the night.
Some of these castles are more than 1,000 years old, so you definitely shouldn’t miss the chance to get inside such old buildings that contain so much history.
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4. The Wine Route
The German Wine Route that funds through the Palatine region of Rheinland-Pfalz is the oldest of the tourist wine routes. It begins in Wissembourg in France and traverses the Pfalz north to the House of the German Wine Route in Bockenheim an der Weinstraße – this is also the finish line of the famous WeinStraße Marathon, which takes place every two years.
The Wine Route is approx 85km in length and passes through the beautiful vineyards of towns such as Bad Bergzabern, Edenkoben, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Deidesheim, Bad Dürkheim and Grünstadt. For those living in Kaiserslautern it’s possible to dip into the northern points of the route in a day, but to really enjoy this wonderful experience take at least two days to start at the bottom and work your way up. It’s also a very popular cycling route too.
Discover More: http://www.germanwineroute.com/index.html