The Romantic Road Cycle Route in South Germany
One of the best tours I’ve ever had the pleasure of leading (but not on a bike – but that’s a story in itself) is the Romantische Strasse (or Romantic Road). Very much a route devised for tourists and given an artificial name to attract them, it is nevertheless a little gem of a ride. It runs from Fussen, close to the Austrian border in Bavaria, to Wurzburg, a little over 400km to the north. The route is stuffed full of the best castles, churches and fortified towns imaginable and, being Germany, there is a signed cycle route all the way. A guide to cycling it may be found here: http://www.bergstrassebikebooks.com/Romantic.htmland there is also a Cicerone guide.
Further information may be obtained by googling the Romantic Road, but the following sites are as good as any:
If you really want to put some icing on the kuchen, then time your visit to coincide with the annual festival weekend in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Not only is Rothenburg one of the best preserved medieval town you will ever see, but on this particular weekend, the town becomes truly medieval when everyone dresses up in period costume. It is truly a sight to behold. And behold it you can by looking at some photographs from my flickr website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markw48/sets/72157622441864406/
Highlights from the whole trip can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markw48/sets/72157622442030220/
More information about Rothenburg may be found here: http://www.rothenburg.de/index.php?get=121