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The Must-See Sights on Germany’s Romantic Road

Germany’s Romantic Road runs for 220 miles from Würzburg to the Alps, stringing together several beautifully preserved medieval towns—Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nördlingen, and Dinkelsbühl, to name just three—as well as impressive castles and soaring cathedrals. Along with dazzling architecture and fairy-tale scenery, visitors can expect endless cultural attractions, including the UNESCO-listed Würzburg Residence and Augsburg’s historic Fugger social housing complex.
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Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg, Germany
The former residence of Würzburg’s prince-bishops, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most important Baroque palaces in Europe. It was—remarkably, given its scale and level of detail both inside and out—built...
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Jakoberstraße 26, 86152 Augsburg, Germany
Set inside a walled enclave in the city of Augsburg, Fuggerei is the world’s oldest social housing complex still in use. Named for its founder, Jakob Fugger, it was set up in 1521 for the city’s poorer inhabitants, eventually growing...
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Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
The most famous castle in Germany—and one of the best known in Europe—Neuschwanstein is renowned not just for its fairy-tale architecture (which directly inspired the Disney Castle) but also for its creator, “mad” King...