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The river valley narrows as you near the town of Assmannshausen, and the first of the famous castles that overlook the river comes into view on the opposite bank—Rheinstein Castle. Take time to drive into Assmannshausen and explore its poky, narrow streets full of charming, little, old ho... more

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In Bacharach park your car by the river and walk into the town to discover that the plain riverfront façade conceals a picturesque village of half-timbered medieval houses around a market square. As you leave Bacharach, a much photographed castle, the Pfalz, comes into view marooned on a... more

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A spa town in the Ammergauer Alps.... more

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Follow the Tauber river valley and the Romantic Road for the short drive to Bad Mergentheim. The old order of the Teutonic Knights left Prussia to reside here in the castle in 1525, and remained until they were disbanded in 1809. Their Deutschordensschloss now houses a museum that traces the ... more

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Leave the broad river valley and climb up to park near the town walls. Walk to the Marktplatz (it’s a little town so you will not get lost) and obtain a town map from the tourist office in the Rathaus (town hall). Walk beside the town hall to the Blamer Turm (blue tower), whose turre... more

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Baden-Baden was the playground of Europe’s rich and famous in the middle of the 19th century. Anyone who was anyone came to soak in the curative waters and gamble at the casino. Today it is an attractive town where everywhere you want to visit is located within a 15-minute walk (park your... more

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Before Hohnstein, there is a turnoff to the right to *Bastei. The road leads to a park where an intriguing wonder of nature magically appears. The road to Bastei seems to be over a relatively flat plateau, but after you park your car, the landscape changes incredibly. What looked like flat terr... more

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In Oberaudorf, wind through the town’s bustling main street following signposts for Niederaudorf (2 kilometers). Before reaching the village, turn left on a narrow country road for Bayrischzell (20 kilometers): en route the road climbs steeply to the little village of Wall, which clings t... more

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Cross the river at Cochem (signposted Beilstein) and the prettiest stretch of the Mosel river valley opens up before you as the loops of the river almost double back on themselves. Soon *Beilstein comes into view, a little picture-postcard village hugging the riverbank below the vineyards.... more

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Leaving the Chiemsee, continue east along the scenic autobahn to exit 115 at Bad Reichenhall, following signposts to the mountain town of Berchtesgaden. Set in a crescent of towering mountains, Berchtesgaden, an ancient market town, is a very popular tourist destination. Explore the Schlossplat... more

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In sharp contrast to Potsdam, Berlin is dynamic and vigorous. Europe’s largest city can be somewhat overwhelming in size for those who have been touring the countryside, but while the major sights are quite spread out, the public transportation system enables you to get around easily. If ... more

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Bernkastel-Kues is two villages: Bernkastel on one side and Kues lying just across the bridge on the other side of the river. In this wine valley, Bernkastel stands out as the most picturesque of the larger villages. You will fall in love with this quaint wine village where colorful, 400-year-o... more

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Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany and long served as the seat of government until much was relocated to Berlin in 1998 with the fall of the Berlin Wall. The city still remains a government, political, industrial and corporate center. It's origins date back to Roman times and the Ro... more

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Before reunification of East and West Germany, the resort town of Braunlage was on the border (the edge of the Harz Mountains as far as tourists from the West were concerned). Braunlage is now a central location to use as a base for explorations of the area... more

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Just 11 kilometers northwest of Weimar lies Buchenwald. Drive through the woodlands to the buildings at the end of the road, where you find a bookshop and an auditorium where a film is shown. Narrated in German, this jerky, old-fashioned movie is somehow more poignant than if it were a slick, c... more

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Consider a detour to the delightful walled town of Celle, just north of Hannover. Nestled in a region where horses are bred and orchids flourish, Celle is enchanting with its half-timbered, gaily painted houses and cobbled streets.)... more

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After a visit to Coburg you will come back to tell your friends about it. Please, do so, but do it in a whisper. It won’t be much longer that Coburg, a Bavarian jewel will be talked about as an insider’s tip. Once the crowds find out, jewel might get scratchy. You will love Bava... more

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Cochem. Park your car and explore the pedestrian center of this small town. Turn a blind eye to the souvenir shops and instead let yourself be tempted inside a coffee shop for some mouth-watering pastries and a cup of coffee. Thus fortified, wander through the narrow streets and follow the well... more

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Leave the Romantic Road to travel through the narrow streets of Creglingen, a mixture of old and new houses, and follow signposts in the village for *Herrgottskirche, a squat little church on the edge of town. Your entrance ticket includes a pompous English brochure, which requires detailed stu... more

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South of Feuchtwangen is the historic, old town of Dinkelsbühl , a town that prospered in the 15th and 16th centuries at the junction of trade routes. Its narrow streets filled with historic houses lie behind the walls with their towers and four gateways. The most handsome houses are found... more

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Dresden, a large, sprawling city, is not as well signposted as you would wish, so it is handy to have a city map in hand to navigate to the Altstadt (old city). Follow signs to the heart of the old city center. Dresden, the city with a great past, is well on its way to a great future. The fam... more

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The town of Eisenach is located on the edge of the vast stretches of the Thuringia Forest. Take exit 40 from the A4, go into Eisenach, and follow the well-signposted route to your destination, *Wartburg, one of Europe’s finest Romanesque castles, perched atop a wooded hill southwest of t... more

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A short drive brings you to the wine town of Eltville where in medieval times the archbishops of Mainz had their summer palaces. You then leave the busy river road and climb through the vineyards to Kiedrich. Drive into the little village and visit its pretty pink church with its elaborate inte... more

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Don’t be discouraged by the sprawling, unsightly suburbs of the old university town of Erfurt, because the heart of the historic town is extremely colorful. Head straight to the town center and park in any of the designated areas in the vast Domplatz. From there, climb the monumental sta... more

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Leaving Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the direction of Munich for a short distance, follow signposts for Augsburg and Oberammergau, which brings you to the little village of Ettal. You cannot miss your sightseeing destination here for overshadowing the village is the Klosterkirche (monastery) where... more

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Eutin is a colorful medieval town with a quaint, central pedestrian square. Park by the old moated castle and meander down to the lakefront through a gorgeous forested park, following the promenade that leads you along the shores of the lake, the Eutiner See. Farther on, lovely lake vistas are... more

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Consider escaping the daytime crowds that flock to Rothenburg by taking a half-day outing just a little farther down the Romantic Road to Feuchtwangen, a small town whose market square is referred to as “Franconia’s Festival Hall.” Of interest are the Romanesque cloisters ... more

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Frankfurt is conveniently reached by direct flights from cities throughout the world. If you arrive at the Frankfurt airport, you can easily begin your journey immediately by picking up a rental car at the airport and starting on your way. If you choose to visit the pleasant, modern heart of th... more

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Freiburg is the capital of the Schwarzwald also known as the Black Forest. The dark-green forests come right down within a block or two of this large city. Full of character, the pedestrian-only old center was founded in 1120 and is laden with numerous quaint buildings. On Münsterplatz (ma... more

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The town of Freudenstadt is home to the largest market square in Europe.... more

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Furtwangen is famous for its cuckoo clocks. Visit a full collection of them in the interesting Deutsches Uhrenmuseum (German Clock Museum), which presents the history of timekeeping. Besides the chirping birds, there are wristwatches and very modern timepieces. (9 am–5 pm, April to Novem... more

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Füssen is a charming walled town whose maze of pedestrian streets are fun to explore. There are lots of shops, outdoor cafés, and restaurants, and a wonderful indoor market. Füssen’s Hohes Schloss, standing high above the river, is usually overlooked in favor of its more ... more

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Framed by some of Germany’s most dramatic, jagged peaks, *Garmisch-Partenkirchen is backed up against her highest—the towering Zugspitze. At one time two villages, Garmisch and Partenkirchen, merged to meet the demands of accommodating the 1936 winter Olympic Games, and the distinct... more

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The road winds down through vast forests to Goslar where a full day’s sightseeing awaits you in this lovely city full of historic buildings. Try to park at the Kaiserplatz (signposted). Here you find the majestic 11th-century Kaiserpfalz (Imperial Palace), one of the largest non-church b... more

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Hamburg is a mighty trading and industrial center on the banks of the Elbe River. Understandably, Hamburg was a target for World War II bombings—by the end of the war the town was little more than a heap of rubble. But with great determination, much of the city has been rebuilt in the ol... more

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Heidelberg receives an overrated review in most guidebooks—there are just too many tourists. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that the crowds make this a particularly dynamic city (there are lots of young people). Surprisingly, it was the romantic operetta, The Student Prince, that put H... more

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Hinterzarten is a resort noted for its clean mountain air, where pretty little houses and hotels cluster round a grassy green. Walking paths that lead in every direction are replaced in winter by cross-country skiing trails. The 500 is an extremely scenic road passing through wide vistas of far... more

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Keitum is the island’s prettiest village, an old Friesian settlement of squat, thatched cottages, lilac bushes, and tree-lined streets. Keitum’s low-slung houses are topped by thick roofs of reeds gathered from the tidal marshes, just the kind of house from which you would expect Ha... more

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follow signs to Lübbenau , which offers the largest selection of departures for the boat excursions that explore the water alleys of the *Spreewald. Follow the road into town (signposted Häfen with a little boat and waves) and continue to the boat landing (you cannot miss it—the... more

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The largest city in the region of Saxony, Leipzig draws a business trade with its international trade fair that it has hosted for centuries. The cultural traveler will also be attracted to the city as it was home to has ties to Bach, Goethe, Mendelssohn, Schumann and others. The town's sq... more

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Lindau is a charming island whose main thoroughfare, Maximilianstrasse is bordered with lovely old houses.... more

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Lübeck was the leading city of the Hanseatic League, a group of towns who banded together for trade advantages during the 13th to 16th centuries. About an hour’s drive finds you beside the canal skirting the town’s medieval fortifications. Follow the walls to the north and en... more

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Another base for explorations of the Bodensee, *Meersburg, lies an hour’s drive (two hours’ in heavy traffic) beyond the geographic bounds of Bavaria towards the other end of the lake. We include it in this itinerary because it is such an adorable little medieval town, offers charmi... more

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Meissen is a historic town on a knoll overlooking the Elbe River with a splendid cathedral and medieval castle. However, its main claim to fame is the production of fine porcelain, which has been known the world over for many generations. (Some of you might remember your grandmother speak of th... more

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In the suburban town of Molfsee you will find the Freilichtmuseum, Schleswig-Holstein’s Open-Air Museum, a collection of rustic farms and country homes dating from the 16th through the 19th centuries that have been brought here and reassembled. It is great fun to watch the local craftsmen... more

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*Munich, the “gateway to Bavaria,” stars as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Locals refer to Munich as “the village” because it is compact and easily explored on foot with the aid of short trips on the clean and efficient U-Bahn and S-Bahn underground railway... more

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Detour off the main road into the famous village of Oberammergau where many of the homes have ornate murals and seemingly all the shops sell very expensive carvings. Every ten years the Passion Spiel (Passion Play), a religious play, is performed here. It was a spectacular performance for the m... more

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The road climbs steeply to Oberjoch, a ski resort spread across the summit, and opens up to vistas of the valley as it winds down past Hindelang.... more

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Leaving Immenstadt, you leave the soaring granite peaks of the Alps behind and travel beside a lake and along a valley bordered with green hills. The valley opens up at Oberstaufen, a small town that steps down the hillside where every home seems to have a fabulous view of the far side of the v... more

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As you drive into Oberwesel, turn left before the brick-red church, the Liebfrauenkirche, and pause to see its interior. Gothic in style, the church is noted for its many beautiful altarpieces, the oldest built in 1506. Follow the winding road upwards to the Auf Schönburg castle, perched h... more

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