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Admire the countryside, castles and villages of Germany’s Romantic Road on a day trip from Munich. Enjoy a coach drive along the iconic Road, a famously picturesque route through Bavaria’s mountains and forests. Stop at 11th-century Harburg Castle, one of Germany’s oldest fortifications; and continue to Rothenburg, a beautifully preserved medieval town of cobbled lanes, squares and half-timbered houses. See top attractions such as the Renaissance-era Town Hall and St Jakob’s Church, and enjoy free time to wander, have lunch (own expense) and browse the famous year-round Christmas shop.


  • Full-day Romantic Road trip to Harburg and Rothenburg from Munich, by air-conditioned coach
  • Absorb the lush mountains of Bavaria on a drive along the scenic Romantic Road
  • See 11th-century Harburg Castle, one of Germany’s oldest and prettiest fortifications
  • Visit Rothenburg, one of Europe’s most stunningly preserved medieval towns
  • Take in top Rothenburg attractions such as the Town Hall, city gates and Markplatz at leisure
  • Enjoy free time to shop, wander and have lunch (own expense) as you wish
  • Peruse Rothenburg’s famous Christmas shop, open all year round

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Picturesque Rothenburg is an absolute must! And since this easygoing tour gives you a lot of time there, you'll be able to stock up on decorations at its gorgeously festive year-round Christmas store.

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What You Can Expect

Romantic Road, Rothenburg and Harburg Day Tour from Munich

Rothenburg, Germany

Your first stop is Harburg, one of the oldest, largest and best preserved castles of Southern Germany. It was an important military stronghold during the 11th and 12th centuries. Through the Swabian crater landscape passing Dinkelsbuhl, you will arrive in Rothenburg, the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Europe. You will spend about 3 hours in Rothenburg, so there is plenty of time for sightseeing, lunch and shopping.

A popular attraction is the Kathe Wolhfahrt Christmas Store on Herrngasse, a large store open year round where you can purchase ornaments, nutcrackers, and other Christmas items. Many of the highlights in Rothenburg are centered around Marktplatz, such as the Town Hall with its Rothenburg History Museum, and St Jakob's Church, a Gothic building with soaring ceilings filled with light.

You will return to Munich via the Hallertau, the world's largest hop-growing area.

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Customer Reviews

Geren R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

All they said it would be and more because the guide Holger and driver were excellent and that added much to the day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Both tour guide was really helpful and nice! Tour guide from gray line provided lots of information and interesting stories during the trip! Comfortable coach and nice driver. Highly recommand!

Anthony H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Enjoyed the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great comfortable bus day trip with excellent informative commentary provided by our guide Holger during our travels. Guided tour of Hamburg Fortress very worthwhile and gave great insight into the past. Visiting Rothenburg was like stepping into the pages of a storybook with its quaint stone and wooden houses, narrow cobblestone streets and surrounding thick stone wall. Easy to fill three hours spent there and would have enjoyed more. There is a lot of bus travelling on this day trip but very enjoyable seeing the passing landscapes and towns on travels up the Romantic Road. A great way to see this beautiful part of Barvaria especially if your time in the area is limited.

Marleen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Rothenburg was amazing!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed this day trip! Our guide was great and very thorough. I had been to Rothenburg before, but not through Viator, so this was a much smoother and convenient experience the beers for purchase on the bus were a great touch, too!. Harburg was very interesting to visit, as well, and a very different experience from the typical royal castles and palaces you're used to visiting in Germany. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone - Rothenburg is absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite places in all of Germany!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

enjoyed our trip and our tour guide Nancy enlivened our trip with her knowledge and interest in this area. The coach bus was comfortable, driver excellent. Thank you and we would recommend to friends.

Marshall W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was the best we have every had. She was knowledgeable and had a lot of interesting and sometimes funny stories. She gave good advice about places to shop and eat, and where to go for the best photo opportunities. She explained the trip plan well, and answered all our questions. She was very friendly. The bus air conditioning was a life saver.

Dianne P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Found Harburg Castle very interesting and great place for photos. LOVED Rothenburg. Strolled around the beautiful town, had delicious lunch, and did quite a bit of shopping. Long but very enjoyable day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Perfect day. Visit to Harburg Castle was much better than I expected. There were no crowds and the time we spent there was just right. Rothenburg is too perfect for words. Again, the time we spent there was just right. It's quite a long journey but the coach was comfortable and drinks are available. Very much recommend this trip

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