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Rothenburg really was lovely, and it is very cool that you can climb up in the towers and walk all around the Rothenburg city walls at no charge and there was nobody up there!. The timber frame houses are very attractive, and the bakeries had these little treats they called snowballs sneeballen that we hadn't seen anywhere else in Germany. The Romantic Road itself, though, is nothing more than a highway with a name. The road itself is not an attraction and was simply given the moniker by US GIs after WWII. On this trip you are going to see Harburg Castle and Rothenburg, and that's it. Be prepared for a very long bus ride both ways. These places are not close to Munich. Also, what hurt the trip the most for us was that the guide would not stop talking at all the wrong times such as the entire ride back when nobody wants to hear someone go on and on and on about nothing in particular. Even on the way to the places, Holger, the guide, would often talk about things that had little or nothing to do with the sites we were visiting. Don't get me wrong - the complete abridged history of the Germanic state is interesting - but that's just not what you're going for when you book a Romantic Road tour. But again, I have to say Rothenburg was lovely, but the tour group was massive, and Holger needs to work on his approach.
The Castle Harburg and the medieval city of Rothenburg were interesting and charming. I gave this tour 3 vs. 5 stars not because of the content of the tour but the actual tour company/guide. Our guide seemed like a very nice gentleman but before we even got out of Munich we were informed that the bathroom facilities on our double-decker coach were for emergencies and that the bus would be taking ample bathroom breaks so please do not use the bus' facilites. We arrived at Harburg Castle, first, and promptly went to our bathroom break...ALL the passengers on the bus went and waited - and waited. The time spent on the bathroom break impacted the time we had to tour the castle. Additionally, I got the impression that Castle Harburg wasn't expecting such a large group as they seemingly ran out of guides. Our group was a very nice lady who spoke some English and confirmed she was not a guide but a staffer from the Castle. Still the castle was very interesting...just wish we had had more time to explore it. Back on the bus and driving along the Romantic Highway took us through scenic small towns and countryside. The bus was comfortable. We arrived at the medieval city of Rothenburg and once again we ALL had to take a bathroom break! We then walked through the city walls, into the city and up to the city center about 1/4 of mile or less where our guide gave us a 5 minute info session and then we were on our own. Why couldn't we have simply walked straight to the city center, heard the 5 minute info session and then dispersed - those needed the facilities could then go - no idea? Rothenburg is charming and lovely. I wish we had had more time to see more of it. I could've given this tour 5 stars if it hadn't been for the feeling of being herded around and wasting valuable time while 40 adults/young adults had to use the bathroom at each stop.
The Rothenburg and Harburg fortress towns were very picturesque, especially the former.
We were given a guided tour of the Harburg Keep. While at Rothenburg we were left on our own devices to wander around this town. We were supplied with a map that denoted the best vantage points and structures of interest. This worked out well for us.
Sadly the Romantic Road part didnt live up to its name. Due to the distance we had to cover in the day, the bus had to mainly take the Autobhan. This part of the Munich environs wasnt very picturesque, mainly flat farmland, either covered in crops or solar panels. This was rather disappointing and many fellow tourists fell asleep.
This was definitely a great way to spend the day, traveling down the Romantic Road while hearing about the sights we saw along the way. Our tour guide Debbie was very informative, entertaining and very enthusiastic. The historical Harburg castle was well worth the visit - amazing to see something so old. And of course Rothenburg ob der Tauber was quite charming. I felt like this tour gave us plenty of time in each location, and while I enjoyed the tour of the castle it was nice to have time on our own in the town. There is so much to explore and cute stores for shopping. I would definitely recommend this tour as this area of Germany is very quaint and worth seeing.
Rothenburg was lovely and I would recommend to all. However, I would probably just go by train on my own if I were to do this again. While it wouldn't go on the Romantic Road, it is a bit quicker travel time and not waiting for a large group. Our guide was very friendly and informative, though
This tour was a great day out. The tour was well organised. It was a lovely drive north from Munich along the Romantic Road, through picturesque villages with architecture dating back many centuries. Our stop at Harburg to view the Palace/Fortress built to protect the King from his enemies was ever so interesting, and the history well explained. The highlight for me was the beautiful Rothenburg. It was magical and belonged on a Christmas card. It was a 10.5 hour trip but well worth it. I would highly recommend this tour.
this trip is decent, rothenburg is a small and pretty medieval town, but the harburg castle is really underwhelming and i really dont find anything romantic about the road we are taking in this trip.
so overall a so so experience and still worth doing.
but if you missed it, you really dont lose much.
Day 1: Salzburg and Lake District
This was an absolute delight! The beautiful Austrian towns and trinkets make the trip well worth it.
Day 2: Romantic Road and Rothenburg
The trip to Rothenburg is worth the entire trip. The visit to the Harburg castle was underwhelming. They can pick a different castle or take it out altogether. But, the city of Rothenburg was spectacular! The only complaint I have is how cold it was on the bus. Despite being asked several times to adjust the heat, it was never done. I had to travel in headgear, a scarf, sweater, pea coat, gloves and a BLANKET in attempt to be warm on the bus. Unacceptable.
This tour is a lot of driving and the romantic road may be a little over sold. The castle is good, Rothenburg is beautiful, make sure you leave the main street. I would do this again, but would not put it high on the list. The guide was pretty good.
It was a wonderful tour. Really romantic as it says.
Salzburg was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed the boat ride at the end of the day. It was a final touch to an already wonderful day. The romantic road tour was also a good experience. I really enjoyed the castle on the way to Rothenburg.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Salzburg and Lake District and Romantic Road and Rothenburg Day trips. Our guide for the Salzburg trip was a very fast walker and with the amount of other people on tours and visiting Salzburg we ended up losing her. Luckily she did tell us before we left the bus what time we needed to be back on the bus if you aren't there they will leave you behind. I do have one recommendation for tour guide or tour company - the guide should have a stick with the name of the tour and the tour company on it so we can follow the tour and not get left behind.
The Romantic Road and Rothenburg trip was well worth the money. Such beautiful country and Rothenburg is a great medial town. Our tour guide was wonderful. She was always smiling and joking with us. This is a must do trip.
The Romantic Road tour is another recommended tour. Although the Romantic Road is not romantic by any definition it was worth the effort and long day in order to visit Rothenburg. Most of the day seemed to be spent on the bus but the time spent in the quaint, but congested town of Rothenburg is memorable and a must when visiting Munich.
On July 19th 2015, as part of the 3-day Munich to
Frankfurt Romantic Road tour, we took the bus operated by Touring
Tours and Travel from Munich and this was supposed to cover
both Linderhof and Neuschwanstein castles. However the tour guide said that
Neuschwanstein was very crowded and said that given guided tour slots
available, he will first go to Neuschwanstien and then to Linderhof
castle. We told him that we have accommodation booked at Hotel
Muller but that didn't matter.
At Neuschwantien, the guide hurried us up so much to keep
the tour slot 12:20pm for 20 people and 12:45pm for the
remaining that he made us skip going to the St. Mary's
bridge for a view of the castle. This was very disappointing.
After checking in at Hotel Muller, we enquired on bus facilities
and taxi options if we went to Linderhof but given that
it was a Sunday, these options were limited and the taxi
charges were exorbitant. The people at Hotel Muller were very helpful
in this regard. In the end we chose to skip going
to Linderhof castle as the bus left for Linderhof at around
3pm and there was no easy way of returning to Hotel
Muller that day. We are extremely disappointed for not seeing Linderhof
castle and wanted to bring this to your attention.
On the positive side, the rest of the trip from Neuschwanstien
to Frankfurt was excellent and went according to plan. The hotel
at Rothenburg was very nice as well.
Tour meeting point was convenient and the bus ride was comfortable even with a toilet!. Tour guide was pretty informative and Harburg castle was quite interesting. Scenery along the Romantic Road was pretty, passing by small towns and such.
The highlight of the day tour - Rothenburg - was most enjoyable, self-sightseeing the well-preserved medieval town. Lots of spots for photographs! There was sufficient time to go through the inner medieval town sights leisurely, have a decent lunch and shop we didn't go via the castle wall route but I'm sure there would have been enough time to cover that too.
Fun ride on the bus through the Germany country side, even though it was not romantic. The guide explained how the name came about. The castle we saw was great and the well preserved medieval town was wonderful with enough time to look around, eat and shop
We were disappointed with the Romantic Road part of this tour. We were expecting a more scenic drive. The drive from Munich to Rothenburg was boring with not much to see. The stop in Harburg to visit the castle was OK but several of the rooms were not open and there is construction and updating going on, so it wasn't that great. The town of Rothenburg was a lot of fun, and we wished we could have stayed there longer and not spent so much time in Harburg.
Salzburg and Lake District day trip brought us through stunning views of the alps and the lakes! Our guide was very informative and made the experience a very pleasant one for us.
Our guide on the Romantic Road and Rothenberg day trip was quite elderly and he kept repeating the same information during the journey. However, we had a good time interacting with him when he took some of us to the city walls during the free and easy time. We enjoyed his guided walk to the city walls.
Rothenburg was the most interesting little town I could ever imagine...the quaint shops, the great architecture, the whole atmosphere took us back in time...a whole different world...lots of great food and so many interesting craft shops ---that shoppers could probably spend a few days here! Harburg was fascinating ...but was not so romantic...unless you were part of the family in the castle, I suppose...the buildings were well preserved...even the areas where punishments were given...a great day trip.
I am giving this four stars for only one reason. The bus ride to Rothenburg from Munich was uncomfortable. It was very very warm inside the bus and seemed like very little air was circulating throughout the bus. The bus driver was not very friendly. However, the ride was beautiful and was a great way to see lots of the countryside and the romantic road. Once we arrived in Rothenburg we were totally excited. The Hotel was wonderful and the staff very friendly. The town itself is a must see. Totally incredible. The night watchman tour was superb, don't miss it. The day spent wandering the town was great. Good food, good beer, good shopping, good sightseeing, and very friendly people. On the bus ride to Frankfurt the driver was much more friendly and there was a guide as well. The bus itself was still warm. Maybe that is the standard for busses. I suggest you dress in layers so you can take off clothes to be comfortable. I would absolutely do this tour again
Definitely sleep over at Neuschwanstein area and Rothenburg. Only way imo to really enjoy the area or else it would just be too stressful. The bus ride through romantic road was scenic but not much to really explore or do. Was a bit rushed as well.
We loved the tour. Rothenburg was romantic, charming and beautiful. Our tour guide suggested a lunch restaurant which was disappointing. Maybe she got a free or discounted lunch there but the food was expensive and not tasty, although the ambiance was great. The tour guide did very little to ensure that we toured Rothenburg. She just quoted very limited directions of the town layout and then we were on our own for hours. It was not a tour led by a guide but rather driving to a locations, with suggestions on arrival and on your own to figure it out.
Harburg Castle was a surprise as we did not know we would have as extensive and elaborate tour. Yes, the castle was interesting and the castle guide great. Our tour leader was basically directing us how to leave the bus and where to meet up with the tour guide at the castle.
We loved the whole day and the other bus passengers who were fun to talk to.
Our tour guide seemed to lose interest in us. But Rothenburg is a traffic place to visit.
The bus was modern, clean and comfortable and drinks available on board at good price. The tour stopped at great places and we were able to get off the bus and spend adequate time along the way. Day 1 to Hohenschwangau and Neuswanstein castle was fantastic. Mueller Hotel great location,very comfortable, great restaurant and the town itself is a delight once the day tourist buses leave! Multitudes of tourists mean that you have to rigidly adhere to your time to visit the caste. Day 2 took us ultimately to Rothenburg which was even better than the pictures - definitely worth the stopover. Only complaint was the hotel which was not as good as the "named" hotel in the brochures and definitely further from the centre. Day 3 is a long trip after a late afternoon start from Rothenburg. Day 2 actually takes you back to Munich and then a few hours on the autobahn before heading back into the picturesque romantic road itself. Tour guides a bit hit and miss. Best was a local middle aged man who knew the area intimately and provided real insights. Other tour guides just read the basic information to the onboard travellers and didn't seek to connect. Research your stopovers and you will have a great time.
Not bad! Rothenburg is quite beautiful and loved the free time. We drove through quite a bit of the romantic road. The tour guide was lovely but there was a restaurant recommendation that was not so fantastic. The snow balls are popular but certainly not the tastiest :)
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