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Recommended attractions on Germany's Romantic Road


Augsburg (Romantic Road)
Augsburg Tourist Information Office, Rathaus Platz and Bahnhofstrasse7
Phone:  0821.5020.70
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM; Saturdays 10AM to 2PM
Web:   www.augsburg.de

Bertolt Brecht House, Auf dem Rain 7
The author of The Threepenny Opera was born in this house which now houses a small museum dedicated to his life and work.
Hours:  Tuesday through Friday
10AM to 1PM and
2PM to 5PM;
opening an hour
later on weekends
and closing an
hour earlier
off season.
Admission:   2EUR

Dom St. Maria (Cathedral of the Virgin Mary), Hoher Weg
Inside this cathedral with its stately Gothic towers, there are five paintings by Hans Holbein and the world's oldest stained glass windows.
Phone:  0821.316.6353
Hours:  Monday through
Saturday 7AM to
5PM; Sunday noon
to 5PM
Admission:   Free

Hans Holbein House, Vorderer Lech 20
This restored 16th-century home of Holbein the Elder is now the city's art gallery.
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to 5PM; until 8PM on Thursdays; closing at 4PM off season

Mozarthaus, Frauentorstrasse 30
This 17th-century house is the birthplace of Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father. It now houses a museum with artifacts from the Mozart family.
Phone:  0821.324.3894
Fax:   0821.324.3883
Hours:  Monday through Friday 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM; Saturdays and Sundays 11AM to 1PM
Admission:   1.50EUR

Perlachturm (Perlach Tower), Rathausplatz
When a yellow flag flies from the top of this 258-ft. tower, you can see as far as the Alps. You'll enjoy spectacular views from the top.
Hours:  10AM to 6PM
Admission:   Free

Rathaus, Am. Rathausplatz 2
Considered the finest secular Renaissance structure north of the Alps, this onion-domed town hall has been restored since being bombed in World War II. The Goldener Saal, or Golden Hall, is beautiful.
Phone:  0821.324.9180
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily
Admission:   2EUR

Schaezler-Palais, Maximilianstrasse 46
Built in the 18th century as the home of the von Liebenhofen family, this palace houses the German Baroque Gallery. Works by Holbein the Elder, Durer, Van Dyck, Tiepolo, and Veronese are on display.
Phone:  0821.3244.125
Hours:  Wednesday through Sunday 10AM to 4PM
Admission:   3EUR

The Fuggerei, Vorderer Lech
This town-within-a-town of 53 gabled houses was the first low income housing project.
Phone:  0821.3198.810
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily from March through December
Web:   www.fuggerei.de
Admission:   1EUR

Bad Mergentheim (Romantic Road)
Deutschordensschloss, Schloss 16
This massive compound which was once the seat of the Order of Teutonic Knights includes a museum devoted to the knights.
Phone:  07931.52212
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 10:30AM to 5PM, April through October; Tuesday through Saturday 2PM to 5PM, Sunday 10:30AM to 5PM, November through March
Web:   www.deutschordensmuseum.de
Admission:   3.50EUR

Kultur und Verkehrsamt (Bad Mergentheim Tourist Information Office), Martplatz 3
Phone:  07931.571.31
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM; Saturdays 10AM to 4PM, Sundays 10AM to 2PM, April until October; Monday through Friday 9AM to noon and 2:30PM to 5PM, November through March
Web:   www.tiscover.de/bad-mergentheim

Schlosskirche
This Rococo church was created by two of Germany's greatest architects – Balthasar Naumann and Francois Cuvillies.

Wildpark Bad Wildlife Park, southeast of Bad Mergentheim
This zoo has European animals both in cages and roaming freely.
Phone:  07931.41344
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily; opening later and closing earlier in winter
Admission:   8EUR

Bad Wimpfen (Neckar Valley)
Blauer Turm (Blue Tower), in the Upper Town
Germany's oldest watchtower, the Blauer Turm provides great views of the village and valley. It is part of the Kaiserplatz or Imperial Palace remains.
Hours:  April through October , Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to 6PM
Admission:   2EUR

Gästezentrum Alter Bahnhof (Bad Wimpfen Tourist Information Office), Gästezentrum Alter, Bahnhof, Carl-Ulrich-Str. 1
Phone:  07063.9720.0
Web:   www.badwimpfen.de

Museum des Mittelalters, in the Steinhaus
The Steinhaus originally provided housing for the Palace's commander. Today, it houses a museum tracing Bad Wimpfen's history from prehistoric times.
Hours:  April through October, Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to noon and 2PM to 4:30PM; off season 10AM to noon
Admission:   1.50EUR

Ritterstiftskirche (Knight's Church) of St. Peter and St. Paul, Wimpfenin Tal
Dominating the lower town, this Romanesque and Gothic church is now a Benedictine monastery. It has wonderful cloisters.
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 10AM to noon and 3PM to 5PM; Sundays 10:30AM to noon and 3:30PM to 5PM

Stiftskirche, Wimpfen in Tal
This parish church with twin octagonal towers dates from the 10th century. The stained glass is from the 13th century.

Dachau
Dachau Castle and Gardens
Famous for its splendid Renaissance casket ceiling, Dachau's castle also has beautiful gardens overlooking Munich and the alps.
Phone:  08131.87923
Hours:  April to September, Tuesday through Sundays from 9AM to 6PM; October to March, Tuesday through Sunday from 10AM to 4PM
Web:   www.schloesser.bayern.de
Admission:   2EUR

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, Alte-Roemar-Strasse 75, outside the town of Dachau
For a moving and sobering experience, visit the first of the Nazi concentration camps. Visitors explore the memorial, a photography exhibition, reconstructed barracks, and the crematorium.
Phone:  08131.669970
Hours:  Two-hour tours in English depart at 12:30PM; Documentary film shown in English at 11:30AM and 3:30PM; Barracks open 9AM to 5PM Tuesday through Sunday
Web:   www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de
Admission:   Donation
Guided tour:  3EUR

Parish Church St. Jakob
This 17th-century church was redone in the High Renaissance style and contains an interesting altarpiece and hanging votive.

Verkehrsverein Dachau e.V. (Dachau Tourist Information Office), Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 1, D-85221
Phone:  08131.84566
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9AM to 1PM and 3PM to 6PM; Saturdays 9AM to noon; closing at 5PM off season
Web:   www.dachau-info.de

Dinkelsbuhl (Romantic Road)
Stadt Verkehrsamt (Dinkelsbuhl Tourist Information Office), Marktplatz
Phone:  09851.90240
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM; Saturdays 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 4PM; Sundays 10AM to Noon; closing one hour earlier Monday through Friday, Noon Saturdays and closed Sundays off season.
Web:   www.dinkelsbuehl.de

Stadtpfarrkirche St. Georg (St. George's Parish Church), Marktplatz
This is one of the best examples of late-Gothic in Bavaria. Climb the tower for fantastic views.
Hours:  Tower is open Monday through Friday from 9AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM; Saturdays 10AM to noon and 1PM to 5PM and Sundays 1PM to 5PM
Admission:   Tower is 2EUR

Ettal (Bavarian Alps)
Ettal
This web site contains information about Ettal.
Web:   www.ettal.de

Kloster Ettal, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 1, D-82488
Founded in the 14th century by Ludwig the Bavarian, this abbey originally housed knights as well as Benedictine monks. The interior is a riotous example of Bavarian Baroque.
Phone:  49.8822.740
Hours:  8AM to 8PM daily; closing at 6PM in the winter
Web:   www.kloster-ettal.de/index-uk.html
Admission:   Free

Garmisch (Bavarian Alps)
Alpspitz, reached from the Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn cable car, one mile south of Garmisch
Hikers will find trails of all levels on this lesser Alpine peak. Two cable cars takes you to the Osterfelderkopf saddle. From there, you can take another cable car higher, or hike your way down the valley. Good, well-groomed trails and unforgettable scenery. You can descend by a different route.
Phone:  08.82.17.970
Hours:  8:30AM to 5:00PM
Admission:   24EUR roundtrip

Alte Kirche
On the banks of the River Loisatch, this parish church has some well restored 15th- and 16th-century murals.

Chapel of St. Anton, Partenkirchen
This pilgrim's sanctuary built in 1708 features a dome decorated with frescoes by J.E. Holzer.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Golf Club, Postfach 1345, 82453
18 holes, Par 72
Phone:  08.824.83.44
Fax:  08.82.43.25

Jagdschloss Schachen, above Garmisch
Those who wish to combine the cultural with the physical will enjoy the hike up to Ludwig's secluded hunting lodge. Half Alpine chalet and half Arabian knights fantasy, the lodge is approximately a three-hour hike from the Schloss Elmau parking facility on the King's Road (Koenigs Weg).
Phone:  08882.9203.49
Hours:  Open mid June to beginning of October, Guided walks at 11AM, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM
Web:   www.romantic-road.info/html/jagdschloss-schachen.html
Admission:   4EUR

Philosophenweg (Philosopher's Way), St-Anton-Anlagen Park,Partenkirchen
For breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, this walk which originates in the park surrounding the Chapel of St. Anton is a must.

Verkehrsamt (Garmisch Tourist Information Office), Richard-Strauss-Platz
Phone:  08821.180700
Hours:  Monday to Saturday 8AM to 6PM; Sundays 10AM to noon
Web:   www.garmisch.de

Wank, reached by cable car from Schutzenhaus Inn, on the north edge of Partenkirchen
A 20-minute gondola ride takes you to 5,385 feet. From there, you'll have 360 degree views of the Bavarian Alps and your choice of spectacular hikes. The hike back to Partenkirchen takes about 90 minutes.
Hours:  9AM to 5PM; 4PM off season
Admission:   16.50EUR roundtrip

Zugspitze, Olympiastr. 27, 82467
At 9,731 feet, Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. You can get to the top via the cog railway from Garmisch or take the cable car from Eibsee. A round trip combination trip lets you experience both. From the summit, you'll have great views of the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps.
Phone:  08821.7970
Hours:  Ascents begins around 8:30AM; descents end around 4PM. Be sure to check that day's schedule.
Web:   www.zugspitze.de
Admission:   44EUR roundtrip

Gundelsheim (Neckar Valley)
Gundelsheim Tourist Information Office, Rathaus, 74831
Phone:  49.6269.96.0
Web:   www.gundelsheim.de

Horneck Castle
The former home of the Teutonic Knights, Horneck Castle was destroyed in 1525 by Gotz von Berlichingen. Today, it has been completely restored.

Heidelberg
Cave 54, Kramergasse 2
This popular spot features live jazz on Sundays and a variety of music the rest of the week. One of Germany's oldest jazz clubs.
Phone:  06221.278.40
Hours:  10AM to 3AM daily
Admission:   3EUR; Sundays 6EUR

Friedrich-Ebert-Platz Market
On Tuesdays and Fridays this market has fresh produce and German delicacies. On Sundays, there's a flea market.

Heidelberg Card, available at Tourist Information Office, Pavillon am Hauptbahnhof
Includes public transportation throughout the city and admission to many of the city's attractions.
Phone:  49.0.622.114.220
Web:   www.cvb-heidelberg.de
Admission from:   10EUR

Heidelberg Castle, Neue Schlosstrasse
Take the cable car from the platform near the Kornmarkt to reach this massive sandstone castle. Although most of the castle is in ruins, the restored Palace of Friedrich IV, the Ottheinrich Building with its Pharmaceutical Museum, and the Wine Vat Building with the Heidelberger Fass or great wine vat, are worth touring. There are great photo ops on the terrace.
Phone:  06221.538.414
Hours:  8AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   2.50EUR includes castle, courtyard, and Fass

Heidelberg Castle Funicular, next to the Kornmarkt
A two-minute cable car ride takes saves the steep walk up to Heidelberg Castle.
Web:   www.bergbahn-heidelberg.de/
Admission:   5EUR roundtrip

Heidelberg Tourist Information Office, Pavillon am Hauptbahnhof
Visitors can purchase a Heidelberg Card that provides free admission to many attractions and use of public transportation.
Phone:  06221.194.33
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9AM to 7PM; Sundays 10AM to 6PM
Web:   www.heidelberg.de

Heidelberg-Lobenfeld Golf Club, Biddersbacherhof, Lobbach-Lobenfeld, 74931
18 Holes, Par 72
Phone:  06226.40490
Fax:  06226.42464
Greens Fees:   Visitors welcome on weekdays

Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Ghost), Markplatz
This 14th-century High Gothic church once housed the Biblioteka Palatina, Germany's largest library. There are several remaining 15th-century tombs inside.

Konigstuhl, reached by the funicular on Plock east of St. Peter'sChurch
The second highest hill in the Odenwald range, Konigstuhl offers hiking trails and great views of Heidelberg.
Hours:  The funicular leaves every 10 minutes in summer; every 20 minutes in winter.
Admission:   3.50EUR

Kurpfalziches Museum (Museum of the Palatinate), Hauptstrasse 97
Highlight's of the city's premiere museum include a cast of the 500,000-year-old jaw of "Heidelberg Man," the 16th-century Altarpiece of the Twelve Apostles, and a collection of German paintings from the Romantic period.
Phone:  06221.583.402
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to 6PM; Wednesdays until 9PM
Admission:   2.50EUR

Markplatz Flower Market
Wednesdays and Sundays on Heidelberg's main square.

Peterskirche, Plock 62
The oldest of the city's parish churches, this Gothic church has a fascinating graveyard with many 500-year-old graves. It is located across from the University's library and dates from the 12th century.

Rathaus, Markplatz
Begun in 1701, Heidelberg's present town hall replaced the original which was destroyed by the French in 1689.

Schwetzingen, 7 miles west of Heidelberg
This summer palace of the Palatinate electors was built in the early 18th century. You can tour 40 opulently decorated rooms including a superb Rococo Theater. But the 178 acres of grounds and formal gardens are the highlight here.
Phone:  06202.945875
Hours:  April through October, Tuesday through Sunday 11AM to 4PM; gardens open daily
Admission:   6.50EUR; gardens only 4EUR

Schwimmbad Music Club, Tiergartenstrasse 13
All sorts of bands play this trendy spot. Pick up one of the local papers for information while you're here.
Phone:  06221.4702.01
Hours:  Wednesday through Saturday 8PM to 3AM or 4AM
Admission:   Depends on the act

Ticket 24 Plus, available at Tourist Information Office, Pavillon am Hauptbahnhof
Lets you use all public transportation in the city for one fixed price.
One day pass:   6EUR
3 day pass:  12EUR

Linderhof (Bavarian Alps)
Schloss Linderhof (Linderhof Palace), Ettal-Linderhof, 82488
The smallest of Ludwig's palaces, Linderhof combines Italian, Moorish, Moroccan, and German themes, and just plain over-the-toppery. Don't miss the operatic grotto. There can be crowds here, so try to arrive early.
Phone:  08822.92030
Hours:  April through September 9AM to 6PM; off season 10AM to 4PM daily
Web:   www.linderhof.de/
Admission:   7EUR

Mittenwald (Bavarian Alps)
Kurverwaltung und Verkehrsamt (Mittenwald Tourist Information Office), Dammkarstrasse 3
Phone:  08823.339.81
Hours:  Monday 8AM to 5PM; Tuesday through Friday 8:30AM to 5PM; Saturdays 9AM to Noon
Web:   www.mittenwald.de

Mosbach (Neckar Valley)
Mosbach
This web site contains information about Mosbach.
Web:   www.mosbach.de

Palmsches Haus, Markplatz
This 17th-century half-timbered building is one of the best of its kind in Germany.

Munich
Alte Pinakothek, Barerstrasse 27
In addition to the world's finest collection of German art, this museum also has world-class collections of Flemish, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian masters. This is one of the world's great art museums.
Phone:  089.2380.5216
Hours:  10AM to 5PM Wednesday through Sunday; Tuesdays until 8PM
Web:   www.pinakothek.de/alte-pinakothek/
Admission:   5EUR

Alter Simpl, Turkenstrasse 57
Great people watching and interesting entertainment at this popular club with a diverse clientele.
Phone:  089.27230.83
Hours:  11AM to 3AM daily

Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), Marienplatz
Built in 1474, this medieval hall was destroyed during World War II. It's been restored and there' s a toy museum inside.
Phone:  089.2940.01
Hours:  10AM to 5:30PM daily
Admission:   3EUR

Altes Residenztheater (Cuvillies Theater), Residenzstrasse 1
The superb Rococo theater is the star of any performance here. Light opera and plays are presented.
Phone:  089.2185.1940
Hours:  Performances year 'round, daily viewings 9AM to 6PM
Admission:   Theater tickets from 15EUR
Theater tour:  5

Bayerischer Hof Night Club, In the Bayerischer Hof hotel, Promenadeplatz 2-6
This is the place for live music with a sophisticated piano bar nightly and orchestras on the weekend.
Phone:  089.212.0994
Hours:  7PM to 3AM or 4AM daily
Admission:   From 5EUR on Fridays and Saturdays

Deutsches Museum (German Museum of Science and Technology), Museumsinsel 1
Plan to spend lots of time here at one of Europe's most fascinating museums. A dozen miles of corridors display items documenting the history of science and technology. You'll see steam engines, Messerschmitt jets, German submarines, rare automobiles, and lots more at this interactive museum. There's also a planetarium and an Imax theater.
Phone:  089.21.791
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Web:   www.deutsches-museum.de
Admission:   7.50EUR for the museum only; Planetarium is an additional 2EUR

Englischer Garden, Konigin Strasse and Prinzregentenstrasse
The largest public park in Europe is filled with lakes, streams, and beer gardens, the largest of which seats 7,000.

Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), Frauenplatz 12
This late Gothic church is the city's cathedral and symbolic heart. Its twin, onion-domed towers dominate the city skyline at over 300 feet. Consequently, they offer the best view in town. Inside is a stunning marble monument to Ludwig of Bavaria.
Phone:  089.290.0820
Hours:  Saturday to Thursday 7AM to 7PM; closing Fridays at 6PM; tower elevator April through October, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 5PM
Admission:   2EUR for tower elevator

Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42
Artists from all over Europe play here at Munich's hottest jazz venue.
Phone:  089.448.2794
Hours:  Opens at 8AM daily with music starting at 8:30PM
Admission From:   5EUR

Michaelskirche (Michael's Church), Neuhauserstrasse 52
This was the first Renaissance church of its size north of the Alps. More than 40 members of the ruling Wittelsbach family ? including King Ludwig II ? are buried inside.
Phone:  089.231.7060
Hours:   Church 7AM to 7PM daily; Crypt Monday through Friday 9:30AM to 1PM and 3PM to 4:30PM; Saturday 9:30AM to 2:30PM
Admission:   Free

Munich Tourist Information Office, Marienplatz
Phone:  89.2333.0272
Hours:  10AM to 8PM Monday through Friday; Saturday 10AM to 4PM
Web:   www.munich-tourist.de

Nachtcafé, Maximilianplatz 5
Everyone who's hip eventually winds up at this lively nightspot to hear jazz or blues.
Phone:  089.595.900
Hours:  9PM to 6AM daily; shows begin at 11PM
Admission:   Free

Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), Marienplatz
The chief attraction at the city's current town hall, begun in 1867, is the glockenspiel mechanical clock which puts on a jousting tournament several times a day. The tower also offers great views.
Phone:  089.2331
Hours:  Tower elevator Monday through Friday 10AM to 7PM; Saturday and Sundays 10AM to 7PM; Glockenspiel performances at 11AM and noon and at 5PM and 9PM during the summer.
Admission: Elevator:   1EUR

Nymphenburg Palace, Schloss Nymphenburg 1, 2 miles outside of Munich
The summer palace of the Wittelsbachs, this is Germany's largest Baroque palace. Highlights are the 500 acre grounds with waterfalls, pagodas, lakes, and formal gardens, and the hunting lodge designed by Cuvillies. Best reached by public transportation, either bus #41 or tram #12.
Phone:  089.1790.8668
Hours:  April to September, 9AM to 5PM daily; October to March, 10AM to 4PM daily
Admission:   5EUR

Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church), Rindermarkt 1
Overlooking Marienplatz, this church is the city's oldest. The Baroque interior is worth a visit. And there are splendid views from the church tower.
Phone:  089.260.4828
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9AM to 6PM; Sundays 10AM to 7PM
Admission:   Tower is 1.50EUR

Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12
Phone:  089.2185.2899
Hours:  Box office at Maximilianstrasse 11 is open weekdays from 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 6PM and Saturdays 10AM to 1PM
Web:   www.prinzregententheater.de
Admission:   Varies

Residenz, Max-Joseph Platz 3
To see everything at the palace complex of the Wittelsbachs, you'll need to take both the morning and the afternoon tours. Highlights of a visit here include the Schatzkammer or treasury with a jewel-encrusted statue of St. George slaying the dragon, and the superb rococo Cuvillies Theater.
Phone:  089.2906.71
Hours:  9AM to 4PM daily
Combination ticket:   9EUR

S-BahnAbove-ground subway and U-Bahn Underground Subway,
Munich's subway system is a great way to get around the city. Buy tickets from machines in the station and punch them before you board. The lines intersect at the main station at Marienplatz.
Web:   urbanrail.net
Tickets:   2.20 EUR for short rides; 4.80EUR for a full-day pass; 8.50EUR partner pass

Schumann's, Odeonsplatz 6 & 7
On Munich's posh shopping street, this stylish watering hole attracts well-heeled locals.
Phone:  089.2290.60
Hours:  Monday through Friday 5PM to 3AM; Sundays 6PM to 3AM
Web:   www.schumanns.de

Schwabinger Podium, Wagnerstrasse 1
A variety of music is available at this jazz club.
Phone:  089.3994.82
Hours:  Sundays through Thursdays 8PM to 1AM; Fridays and Saturdays 8PM to 3AM
Admission:   Varies

Staatstheater am Gartnerplatz, Gartnerplatz 3
Ballet, operettas, and musicals are performed at this Jugendstil (art nouveau) theater.
Phone:  089.201.6767
Hours:  Box office at Maximilianstrasse 11 is open weekdays from 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 6PM and Saturdays 10AM to 1PM
Admission:   Varies

Viktualienmarkt, Frauenstrasse and Reichenbachstrasse
Munich's open air food market is a must for foodies. In addition to the expected German offerings, you'll find wines from France, a Champagne bar, and a beer garden with great sausages.

Neckar Valley
Neckar Valley Cycle Path
This well-marked path follows the Neckar River past vineyards and castles from Villingen-Schwenningen to Mannheim. Bicycles can be rented at most train stations.

Neckarsteinach (Neckar Valley)
Neckarsteinach
This web site contains information about Neckarsteinach.
Web:   www.neckarsteinach.com

Schadeck
This complex of four castles dates from the 12th century. Most of the castles are in ruins, but the views over the valley are beautiful.

Neckarzimmern (Neckar Valley)
Burg Guttenberg
One of the Neckar Valley's best preserved castles, Burg Guttenberg is also a renowned birds of prey research center. If you come for the 11AM or 3PM bird show, plan to have lunch at the excellent restaurant .
Hours:  April through October 10AM to 6PM; Bird of Prey shows at 11AM and 3PM
Web:   www.burg-guttenberg.de
Admission:   Castle 4EUR; Bird show and castle 11EUR

Hornberg Castle
Gotz von Berlichingen lived here during the 15th and 16th centuries and his suit of armor and other personal effects are displayed here. The castle is surrounded by vineyards noted for their excellent white wine.

Nordlingen
Rieskrater Museum, Eugene Shoemaker Platz 7
A meteor more than half-a-mile wide struck the Earth here 15 million years ago. American astronauts trained here in the 1970s. Learn more about it at this museum.
Phone:  09081.273.8220
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to noon and 1:30PM to 4:30PM
Web:   www.rieskrater-museum.de
Admission:   3EUR

Schloss Harburg, 12 miles southeast of Nordlingen
This is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Germany. It contains an excellent collection of woodcarving, statuary, illuminated manuscripts, and ivory.
Hours:  Mid-March through September, Tuesday through Sunday 9AM to 5PM; October, Tuesday through Sunday 9:30AM to 4:30PM

St. Georgskirche (Church of St. George), Rubenmarkt
Climb the 365 steps of this 15th-century church for incredible views.
Hours:  Tower is open 9AM to 8PM daily in summer; closing at 5:30PM off season
Admission:   Tower costs 1.60EUR

Verkehrsamt, (Nordlingen Tourist Information Office), Marktplatz 2
Phone:  090.814.380
Hours:  Monday through Thursday 9AM to 5PM; Fridays 9AM to 3:30PM; and Saturdays 9:30AM to 1PM; closing earlier and closed on weekends off season
Web:   www.noerdlingen.de/

Oberammergau (Bavarian Alps)
Verkehrsburo (Oberammergau Tourist Information Office), Eugen-Papst-Strasse 9A
Phone:  08822.92310
Hours:  Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 6PM; Saturdays 9AM to noon and 1PM to 5PM
Web:   www.oberammergau.de

Wellenburg Recreation Center
This beautiful water park offers indoor and outdoor pools ? including one with a wave machine ? sauna, and solarium.
Phone:  08822.6787

Rothenburg ob der Tauber
City Walls
For a great orientation, walk the city ramparts. The trip is about a mile and offers many photo ops en route. For views from aloft, climb the Rodertor at the eastern end. You'll find stairs into the city every few hundred yards.

Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church), Herngasse
If you'd like to see another Reimenschneider altarpiece, this 13th-century Gothic church ? the city's oldest ? has an early example.
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 10AM to noon and 2PM to 4PM

Meistertrunk (Master Drink) Show, Ratsherrntrinkstube, Market Square
Figures in the clock on the side of the Councillors' Tavern act out the legend of the master drink several times a day much to the amusement of onlooking crowds. As the story goes, in 1631 Rothenburg's mayor saved the city by downing three liters of wine in one gulp.
Hours:  11AM, noon, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 8PM, 9PM and 10PM

Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum (Middle Ages Criminal Museum), Burgasse 3
In addition to a fascinating look at Germany's legal history, there's a large collection of medieval instruments of torture.
Phone:  09861.5359
Hours:  9:30AM to 6PM daily; closing at 4PM off season and open afternoons only in winter
Admission:   3.50EUR

Night Watchman's Tour, leaves from under the Market Square Clock
Equal parts history lesson and improvisational theater, this lively walking tour is a fun way to learn more about Rothenburg's colorful past.
Hours:  Tour leaves at 8PM
Admission:   5EUR

Rad und Tat, Bensenstrasse 17
Rent bikes here and explore the Romantic Road at a leisurely pace.
Phone:  09861.879.84
Cost:   Bikes rent for about 10EUR a day

Rathaus, Marktplatz
The Gothic portion of the city's town hall dates from 1240. For the best views in the area, climb the 214 steps of the tower.
Phone:  09861.404.92
Hours:  April through October, 9:30AM to 12:30PM and 1PM to 5PM daily; November through March, noon to 3PM, Saturday and Sunday only
Admission:   Tower is 1EUR

Reichsstadtmuseum, Klosterhof 5
Located in a 13th-century Dominican monastery, this has many interesting objects from the city's 800 year history ? including the tankard used to save the city.
Phone:  09861.939.043
Hours:  10AM to 5PM daily; off season open afternoons only
Web:   www.reichsstadtmuseum.rothenburg.de
Admission:   3EUR

Stadt Verkehrsamt (Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber Tourist Information Office), Rathaus
Phone:  09861.404.92
Hours:  May to October, Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM; Saturdays 10AM to 3PM; November to April, Monday through Friday 9AM to noon and 1PM to 5PM; Saturdays 10AM to 1PM

Stadtpfarrkirche St Jakob (Parish Church of St. John), Klostergasse 15
Visit this vertical Gothic church dating from 1336 if only to see Tilman Riemenschneider's masterpiece, the Altar of the Holy Blood, the highpoint of German woodcarving.
Phone:  09861.700.620
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 9AM to 5:30PM; Sundays 11AM to 5:30PM; off season opening later and closing earlier
Admission:   1.55EUR

Schwabisch Hall
Hohenloher Freilandmuseum, Wackershofen, three miles from SchwabischHall
Thirty buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries have been restored here. You'll get an up-close view of rural German life during the middles ages.
Phone:  0791.9710.10
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 9AM to 6PM; off season 10AM to 5PM
Admission:   5EUR

Michaelskirche, Marktplatz
The 54 steps leading to this 15th-century church dominate the colorful Marktplatz. The tower dates from the 12th century.
Hours:  March to mid-November, 9AM to 5PM daily; mid-November to February, 11AM to 3PM, Tuesday to Sunday

Rathaus, Marktplatz
The city's Baroque town hall anchors the western end of the Markplatz, one of the loveliest market squares in Germany.

Verkehrverain (Schwabisch Hall Tourist Information Office), Am Markt 9
Phone:  0791.7512.46
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM; Saturdays 10AM to 3PM; closed on Saturdays off season

Schwangau
Forggensee, Fussen
The largest of several lakes in the area, Forggensee offers cruises during summer.

Kurverwaltung (Schwangau Tourist Information Office), Rathaus,Munchenerstrasse 2
Phone:  08362.819.80
Hours:  Monday through Friday 8AM to 12:30PM and 1:30PM to 5PM

Lechfall, outside Fussen
This waterfall makes a nice walk from Fussen. Inquire at the Tourist Information office for directions.

Ludwig II, the Musical, Fussen Theater
Fussen's theater on the lake presents a boffo musical depicting the life of Bavaria's "mad" king.
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday 7:30PM; Saturday and Sunday matinée at 2:30PM
Web:   neuschwanstein-country.net/hotels/LudwigMusical/en/prices.htm
Admission From:   25EUR

Neuschwanstein Castle, Neuschwansteinstrasse 20
If you only see one castle in your life, many people would advise you to make it this one. A little déjà vu is perfectly natural; Neuschwanstein was the model for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland and in the movie. Don't miss the King's Apartments, the Byzantine Throne Room, the King's Bedroom, or the Singer's Hall. This is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, so get there early. You can take a shuttle bus to Marienbrucke (a steep, ten-minute walk from the castle entrance) or the traditional horse-drawn carriage.
Phone:  08362.939.880
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily; 10AM to 4PM off season
Web:   www.neuschwanstein.de/english/
Admission:   9EUR

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Alpseestrasse
Originally built in the 12th century, Hohenschwangau was reconstructed by Ludwig's father Maximilian II in 1832. Ludwig's boyhood home, it's furnished in the traditional Gothic style.
Phone:  08362.930.830
Hours:  8:30AM to 5:30PM daily; off season 9:30AM to 4PM
Admission:   8EUR

Tegelberg Gondola, just north of Neuschwanstein
Take the gondola to the 5,500-ft. summit for great Alpine views. You can also watch the hang-gliders launch themselves from the top. The hike back down is two-and-a-half miles.
Phone:  08362.98360
Hours:  9AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   15EUR

Tegelberg Luge, next to the Gondola
The daring can race down this stainless steel track at what seems like breakneck speed.
Phone:  08362.98360
Admission:   2EUR

Starnbarg
Staatliche Schiffahrt Starnberger See
Take a boat ride on the Starnbarger See from this cruise operator.
Phone:  08151.8061
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Starnbarg Tourist Information Office, Wittelsbacher Strasse 2c
Phone:  08151.90600
Hours:  Monday through Friday 8AM to 6PM; also open Saturday mornings in summer

Stuppach (Romantic Road)
Pfarrkirche, Kirchplatz, southwest of Bad Mergentheim
Matthias Grunewald's Stuppacher Madonna or St. Mary of the Snows, is one of the true masterpieces of German Renaissance painting and the highlight of a visit here.
Phone:  07931.2615
Hours:  May through October 10AM to 5:30PM; opening later and closing earlier off season.
Admission:   Free

Wiekersheim (Romantic Road)
Schloss Weikersheim (Weikersheim Castle), Schlossstrasse
The Knight's Hall of this splendid 16th-century castle is one of the most opulent banqueting halls in Germany. Save time to wander the beautiful gardens.
Hours:  9AM to 6PM daily
Admission:   4.50EUR

Weikersheim Tourist Information Office, Marktplatz 7
Phone:  07934.10255
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9AM to 5:30PM
Web:   www.weikersheim.de

Wies
Wieskirche, outside Steingaden
This Rococo masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The opulent interior is unrivaled in Germany.
Phone:  08862.932.930
Hours:  8AM to 7PM daily: opening later and closing earlier off season
Admission:   Donation