A Flash film has been integrated here and shows the silhouette of the Romantic Road from north to south.

Romantic Road long-distance coach line

On 10 January 1950, Germany’s oldest tourist route was given a new name and ‘Germany’s No. 1 Tourist Route’ became the ‘Romantic Road’. Located in the American Occupation Zone between the international airport at Frankfurt am Main and the Bavarian capital of Munich, the Romantic Road firstly proved popular among the American soldiers stationed in Germany and their families thanks to the historical treasures and beautiful scenery along the route. With the start of scheduled flights between Germany and North America by Lufthansa, and the founding of the German National Tourist Board, the two organisations began using the Romantic Road as a symbol for a new image of Germany – a peaceful, romantic and hospitable ‘Good Old Germany’. The first foreign-language brochures were printed in June 1950 and the Romantic Road long-distance coach line – the longest of its kind in Germany at that time – began operations to enable individual travellers to enjoy the Romantic Road experience. 

Today, although long-distance coaches link most European countries, the route taken by the Romantic Road line differs significantly from all other routes:

On the way from the River Main to the Alps, the emphasis is not on the final destination and speed but on experiencing and discovering sights along the route. All stops are in historical town centres, which travellers can then explore on their own. They include, for example, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Würzburg (‘Residenz’) and Steingaden (‘Wieskirche’), former Free Imperial Towns such as Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen, as well as Germany’s second oldest city, Augsburg, which was founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, and Weikersheim, which can boast one of Germany’s most attractive palace parks and where passengers are met every morning for a special guided tour of the Renaissance palace.

In a nutshell: the Romantic Road coach is the ideal solution for anyone travelling from Würzburg to Füssen, who would like to see Germany from its picture-book side and, at the same time, take home as many memories as possible. Coaches run daily in both directions, i.e., from Frankfurt and Würzburg to Munich and Füssen, and vice versa, daily from 9 April to 14 October. The journey can be interrupted as often as required and it is not necessary to reserve seats. There are discounts for students, pupils and senior citizens and, subject to advance booking, the coaches can also transport bicycles and the luggage of cyclists and hikers. Touring Tours & Travel GmbH also offers guaranteed package tours that include transport, all transfers, accommodation with breakfast and a sight-seeing programme.

Good to know: Audio guides in eight languages keep passengers informed about the region and its people during the journey while Romantic Road beer and wine from the Tauber Valley are sure to put them in the right mood for their vacation.