Day 1: Frankfurt
If your schedule permits, start your tour in Frankfurt early enough to spend the day here, in this very modern metropolis which nevertheless offers many historic sites such as the Römerberg with its beautifully restored timber-framed houses, of course the Goethe Haus where the world famous poet once lived, the Paulskirche, symbol for democracy and freedom in Germany, "Alt-Sachsenhausen", where in Schellgasse number 6 you will find Frankfurt's oldest timber-framed house which was built around 1291, to name only a few of Frankfurt's historic landmarks.
Visit the Frankfurt museum riverbank, one of the most important locations for museums in Germany and Europe. The exhibition buildings are lined up on both sides of the Main riverbank, several famous museums are to be found in the city center. Visit the "Städel", the German Museum of Architecture as well as the Museum of Applied Art or the "Schirn Kunsthalle" to name only a very few. And don't miss out on Frankfurt's "Zeil", a huge pedestrian zone where shopping is the name of the game. Your hotel is located close to Frankfurt's main station.
Day 2: Wuerzburg
Today you will have an early start: take a train to Aschaffenburg to visit the Renaissance palace, built in 1605-1614, served until 1803 as a second official residence for the archbishops and electors of Mainz. It features an art gallery with works by Lucas Cranach the Elder (Branch of the Bavarian State Galleries), the Vestment Chamber of the Palace Church with ecclesiastical vestments from the Mainz Cathedral treasury, the Princes' Apartments with neoclassical furnishings and the Municipal Palace Museum. Take a train to Würzburg, your first stop along the Romantic Road. The city is idyllically located amidst vineyards, with the medieval fortress Marienberg towering above. Enjoy this beautiful town which offers not only cultural but also culinary highlights such as the hearty cuisine and of course the world famous Frankenwein!
Day 3: Day trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
In the morning take a train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany's most beautiful medieval cities. Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once a powerful free imperial town and its monuments, landmarks and buildings still bear witness to these days. In the evening the Night-Watchman of Rothenburg ob der Tauber will take you on a English-speaking City tour.
Day 4: Nuremberg
The train will take you from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Nuremberg. The city's history reaches back to the year 1050, its name "nourenberc" translating into "rocky hill". Nuremberg's famous landmark, the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), towers above the Old town, which is protected by the 5 kilometers long city wall with its many towers. When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg's medieval Old Town one can start at the Koenigstor ("Kingsgate"), from where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St.Lawrence and the Church of St.Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot. Make sure to enjoy a Nuremberg Bratwurst along with a beer or a glass of Frankenwein.
Day 5: Munich
In the morning, the train will take you to the capital of Bavaria. 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. Take the Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing bus on to the Grand Circle, visit the Residence, Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Hall of Fame and all the other sights in Munich which are included in the sightseeing package.
Day 6: Escorted coach tour to the Royal Castles
This all day escorted coach tour will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop. The coach will then take you to Linderhof Palace, the "Royal Villa" of Ludwig II. Visit this beautiful furnished castle and the park. The picture of Neuschwanstein is probably present in everybody's mind but certainly for those traveling along the Romantic Road. Make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds, the view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind it is like none other!
Day 7: Heidelberg
In the morning the train takes you from Munich to the romantic city of Heidelberg, the last stop on this impressive tour. Heidelberg, with its idyllic location on the river Neckar, the beautiful Heidelberger Schloss (castle) towering above. Heidelberg, both historic and young, will capture you with its easygoing charm, will remain unforgettable for those who stood in the castles gardens, overlooking the town and the river, will make you feel history while roaming through cobbled alleys.
Day 8: Heidelberg/Frankfurt. Take a train from Heidelberg back to Frankfurt (Airport or Main Station) or any other train station in Germany.
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