Germany's Castle Road Map and Travel Information
The Castle Road makes a great trip for kids and photographers
Map of Germany's Castle Road © 2004 by James Martin
Germany's castle road is full of German medieval architecture, romantic nooks and crannies, and of course, castles galore. The route, if you follow it from Mannheim all the way to Prague, is 975 km long. There are something like 70 castles and fortresses along the route, as well as some interesting, well-preserved medieval villages.
Castles and Medieval Buildings - What to See Along Germany's Castle Road
- Manheim - Residenzschloss Mannheim
- Heidelberg - Heidelberg is a great town to make a base for exploring the castle road, see pictures of Heidelberg and its castle, or Heidelberg Travel Directory, or get visitor information.
- Eberbach - Three castle ruins you can visit, Frommers overview of Eberbach
- Bad Wimpfen - High Walls and the Blue Tower.
- Heilbronn - A wine city, "the church of St Kilian with the high altar by Hans Seyfer is Heilbronn’s most famous landmark; its 62m spire is regarded as the first important Renaissance structure north of the Alps." from Destination Heilbronn.
- Schwäbisch Hall - A steep little city in old Swabia, a half hour drive from Rothenburg. See our Schwabisch Hall Guide or our Pictures of Schwabish Hall.
- Langenburg - Castle (picture)
- Rothenburg - Said to be the best preserved medieval town in Germany. Resources: tourist office attractions, night watchman tours, criminal museum.
- Ansbach - attractions
- Nuremberg - Lots of things for the tourist to see. See our Travel Planner for more.
- Bayreuth - City associated with composer Richard Wagner sports both an old and "new" castle.
- Kulmbach - castle "Plassenburg" with its Renaissance courtyard. It's a beer city, so you might want to stop for a brew or tour.
Castle Road General Information
Official information on Germany's Castle road can be found at the German Tourism web site. A very nice article about the region and its drives is Driving Germany's Castle Road with Kids by Kathy Koonz. The article combines the route here with some of the Romantic Road, and takes in Mad Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle as well.
Bus tour of the Castle Road
Need a tour? Welcome to Germany has one for either the Romantic Road and the Castle Road.