Long-distance hiking trail from Würzburg to Füssen

Romantic Road

Hiking is a way to discover a slower pace.

People come to rest as they proceed along on their own two legs. Hiking lets us escape the bustle of everyday life and attain a new level of mindfulness. We acquire a sharper perception of the things by the wayside, whether it is the beauty of the fields, the pure, clean air of the beech forest, the song of the larks high above the meadows or the rippling waves on the surface of a lake. 

Hikers completing the long-distance Romantic Road trail experience and encounter spectacular and mundane things, while immersing themselves in the beauty of untouched nature. They pass between vineyards along the Main and in the Tauber Valley, by the European watershed at Frankenhöhe, through the arable farmland of the central Franconian basin, down the mystical Ries, into the alluvial forests of the Danube to the foothills of the Alps, enjoying the variety of rivers, meadows, fields, mixed and spruce forests, wetlands and high moors, enchanted valleys and towns that seem to have leapt straight from the pages of picture books and that inspired the Romantic era painters of the 19th century.

The Romantic Road long-distance hiking trail extends around 500 km from Würzburg to Füssen. It is fully signposted and passes through an atmospheric and varied cultured landscape, along with picturesque towns, markets and villages with their very own historical, listed centres. The path runs along the Romantic Road, but leads for almost the whole way down forest and field paths or along largely deserted connecting roads. It touches the historical old town centres and allows the hikers to experience the individual flair and everyday lives of the local inhabitants.

Hiking without stopping off for a break – that would be an unforgivable oversight in the connoisseur’s trail of the Romantic Road. Popping into a village inn can often turn into a culinary highlight. Tucking into deliciously hearty regional cuisine, accompanied by a glass of Franconian wine or beer from a local micro-brewery – a stopover like this can easily turn into a permanent memory. The inns along the way service the typical dishes of Franconia, Swabia and Upper Bavaria.

And if your feet start to hurt, you can simply hop on to a bus along the Romantic Road. They circulate between Würzburg, Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl, Augsburg und Munich and Füssen from April to October.

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Anyone who completes the 500 kilometres of Germany’s hiking trail with the greatest culinary and landscape variety and hands in the completely stamped hiking pass will receive a souvenir certificate and the golden hiking badge. Others who take a shorter hike will receive the bronze badge for visiting 10 places and the silver badge for visiting 20 places along the Romantic Road. The hiking pass and the stamp for completed stages are available from any Tourist Information Office along the route.

The entire route of the hiking trail and its stages is available on the Internet with a map and GOS data at www.romantischestrasse.de.