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Wonderful wide-open spaces

The hiking trail along the Romantic Road

An undulating sea that has a golden glow in the evening sun and seems to stretch as far as the horizon. Below the rape field, the River Tauber winds its way through fields and meadows and the wind rustles softly in the treetops. Otherwise, nothing can be heard except the occasional twittering of a bird.

There are sections on the route where the setting is almost surreally idyllic and civilisation is very far away. The Romantic Road’s 350 kilometre long-distance hiking trail is also know as the 'Pleasure Trail' – and the name lives up to expectations, because you really can derive perfect pleasure from this journey on foot. If tiredness sets in, there are places to take a break by rivers and streams, and there’s no tiresome searching for parking spaces in the towns. If it rains, you can simply change your plans spontaneously and have another cappuccino in a café on the historic market square.

Long-distance hiking trail

Romantic Road long-distance hiking trail

Difficulty easy
Length 506.88 km
Duration minutes
Ascent 2028.33 m
Descent 1632.49 m

Stunning views

Experiences of culture and nature blend seamlessly here: after a walk around the town of Tauberbischofsheim, you can continue through the Tauber Valley till you reach Lauda-Königshofen, which is surrounded by gentle hills and vineyards. Schillingsfürst Castle is set within the Franconian Heights (Frankenhöhe) and an impressive view of the Ries geological park (Geopark Ries) awaits you from the top of the Wallerstein rock. Then come the Free Imperial Cities of Donauwörth and Nördlingen, the gardens of Rain, Harburg Castle, Augsburg, city of the Fugger family, and finally the Lech Valley, followed by a dip in the Friedberger Lake, a picnic by the stream in Hohenfurch, and a chance to gaze in wonder in Rottenbuch church.
After Wildsteig and Steingaden, the hills become higher, the pastures and hay meadows more numerous, and the views more and more spectacular. The mountains close in. In Halblech, the Ammergau Alps and twelve lakes tempt you to take a good long break, before continuing past the dream setting of Neuschwanstein Castle and the Alpsee, and finally to Füssen, where the trip ends just as it began: wonderfully.

The sections of the romantic hiking trail

From the Main to the Tauber
Würzburg - Wertheim - Tauberbischofsheim
The Tauber Valley
Tauberbischofsheim - Lauda-Königshofen - Bad Mergentheim - Weikersheim - Röttingen - Creglingen - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
The Franconian Heights
Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Schillingsfürst - Feuchtwangen - Dinkelsbühl - Wallerstein
From the Ries region to the Danube
Wallerstein - Nördlingen - Harburg - Donauwörth
The Lech Valley
Donauwörth - Rain - Augsburg - Friedberg - Landsberg am Lech - Hohenfurch - Schongau - Peiting
From the foothills to the edge of the Alps
Peiting - Rottenbuch - Wildsteig - Steingaden - Halblech - Schwangau - Füssen

GPS data on the Romantic Road Long Distance Hiking Route