Day 1: Mainz. Arrive at Frankfurt International Airport (or at any City with an Avis station in Central Germany) to pick up your rental car and start your tour. It takes about 30 minutes (30 kilometers, 20 miles) from Frankfurt Airport to your hotel in the Historic Highlights City of Mainz, located in the City Center. Enjoy your arrival day in Mainz and explore the City which the Romans laid the foundations more than 2000 years ago.
Day 2: Münster. Take your car on the "Autobahn" (highway) to the Historic Highlight City of Münster (300 kilometers, 190 miles - about 3 hours). This city was the center of a radical group of Reformists known by the more mainstream Protestants as Anabaptists for their adherence to adult baptism. There is much to see in this city beyond the turmoil of radical Reformists. Your hotel is located in Muenster City Center.
Day 3: Erfurt. Continue your drive to the Historic Highlight City of Erfurt (380 kilometers, 240 miles - about 3 hours 30 minutes). Erfurt became a pilgrimage destination of sorts with the reunification of Germany. Thousands of Americans poured into this former East German city to see where Martin Luther studied, to bow heads where he prayed, to walk the same medieval streets, and even to sleep where he slept. At almost every turn, there's a reminder of the man who launched the Reformation. Your hotel is located in the City Center.
Day 4: Heidelberg. Take your car to the Historic Highlights City of Heidelberg (340 kilometers, 210 miles - about 3 hours). Heidelberg is renowned for its romantic ambiance. Joseph von Eichendorff, the German Romantic poet who studied in Heidelberg in 1807, could be speaking today: "Heidelberg itself is magnificent romantic city; there the spring entwines the houses and courtyards and everything ordinary with vines and flowers, and castles and forests tell a wonderful fairytale of times past".
Take in the magic of the Castle, the Old Bridge and the Old Town panorama; wander through the picturesque side streets full of enticing opportunities to look, poke around and shop; enjoy the varied year-round program of cultural activities and the flair of historic student pubs. Your hotel is located in the City Center.
Day 5: Augsburg. Continue on the Autobahn to the Historic Highlight City of Augsburg (270 kilometers, 170 miles - about 2 hours 30 minutes). Augsburg is yet another city that witnessed pivotal events in the Reformation due to Luther's presence. Later in the same year of the Heidelberg Disputation, an emissary of Pope Leo X was sent to Augsburg in lieu of trying Luther in Rome. Your hotel is located in Augsburg City Center.
Day 6: Munich. Continue your tour with a short drive to Munich (80 kilometers, 50 miles - about 60 minutes). Munich, famous throughout the world, is the Bavarian metropolis, close to the Alps and in the heart of Europe. Where to begin when one wants to name places to see and things to do in this extraordinary city which like few others combines modern life with lively history.
There is Munich's old town where 850 years of history are showing off, there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) where 3 times each day thousands of people are spell bound when the world famous Glockenspiel (carillon) starts it's beautiful song Visit and marvel at the Frauenkirche, the town's landmark, do not miss the Hofbräuhaus and find out why the Münchner (inhabitants of Munich) don't want to miss out on their "Brotzeit" (a meal or snack consisting of bread, cold cut, cheese and so on, usually enjoyed between breakfast and lunch). These are only a very few ideas of what to see and to do in this great city which might deserve an extra day's visit!
Day 7: Munich. Enjoy your last day of the tour. Return your car at Munich International Airport, any other Avis station in Germany or extent the rental of your car.
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