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13 things to do on an active family holiday along the Romantic Road

Welcome to a wealth of activities for all the family along the 460-kilometer route. There is something for everyone along the Romantic Road: on land, on the water or on its lofty heights. Germany’s oldest and best loved holiday route offers plenty of exciting experiences to suit children, parents and grandparents alike, from the vineyards by the river Main to the foothills of the Alps. Take it at a gentle pace or at top speed, with or without an adrenaline kick – the trip is always a ‘Romantic’ one. And with the ‘Romantic Road Coach’, absolutely family friendly. When accompanied by both parents, children up to the age of 16 travel free.

Wherever you begin your journey, be it in Würzburg with its Prince Bishop’s Residence or in Füssen in the south, there’s many a thrill to be had for young and old alike. In the World Heritage City on the Main to the north there is the DAV climbing centre, with almost 200 ascents at all levels of difficulty, offering challenges for beginners, experienced climbers and professionals alike. And, it goes without saying, there are courses for children, too. In Füssen, at the foot of the castles built by the Fairy-Tale King, whole new perspectives open up with the fabulous panorama over the Alps and the Lech. The 480-meter-long tree-top walkway is 20 meters above the ground and spans the border with Austria.

Or come face to face with over 70 different animals on 35 hectares that are almost entirely without enclosures of any kind: in the Bad Mergentheim wildlife park, one of the most species-diverse parks of its kind in Europe, feeding time can be seen twice a day. Youngsters can enjoy themselves in the petting zoo or in the ‘Koboldberg’ (‘Goblin Mountain’) playground. As an alternative – or to follow – there’s the excitement of the go-kart track of this little spa town – with opportunities for some hotly-contested family motor races. And there are more great animal experiences to be had in Schillingsfürst too: the demonstrations of flying eagles, buzzards, falcons, vultures and eagle owls in the Royal Falconry, once a gentrified pleasure of the ruling classes, delight both young and old alike.

And there are technological experiences for the whole family here, too, with some exciting opportunities along the Romantic Road. In Röttingen, a town famous for its festival plays and wines, you can explore the historical timepieces along the 2-km-long Sundial Path, with its 25 ‘hands of shadow’ on as many sundial faces. Nor is it just boys’ dreams that become reality in Nördlingen; in the Bavarian Railway Museum, with its more than 100 historic steam, diesel and electric locomotives, handcars and carriages, everyone can discover what it is like to be a train driver.

And how about canoeing? The river Wörnitz is an ideal place to enjoy this gentle family activity – as it meanders its way through 19 km of countryside between Harburg and Donauwörth. For those who want to take an even less energetic tour, there are historic trips in traditional ‘Zillen’ boats, with the legendary fishermen jousters. Food and drink can be arranged on request, too. Donauwörth, a pearl of the Bavarian and Swabian countryside at the confluence of the Wörnitz and the Danube, provides the starting point for tours on eight wheels that both parents and children can join in with, offering roller-blading enthusiasts an 80-km network of paths and tracks. In the neighboring town of Rain, the Dehner Flower Park, with its 1.2 hectares of botanical gardens, provides an oasis of blossom and a ‘green classroom’.

Romanticism and the medieval world meet modern thrills at the ‘Chill and Wake’ water-sports centre in Friedberg. With one of the oldest water-ski lifts in the world, even beginners soon learn to scoot along at 50 kilometers per hour over the 900-meter stretch of water. But things are a little more sedate with just one horse-power on the four legs of an Icelandic horse – an experience for all the family to enjoy, from children to grandparents.

And last but not least, the Romantic Road is also a 460-km gastro trail, including all the delights of Franconian Swabian and Bavarian cuisines, not forgetting its many wines and beers. The ‘Milk Trail’ in Rottenbuch is quite unique. At the beginning you learn how to milk a patient, plastic cow and, at the end of 4.2 km that take you through the Pfaffenwinkel, an area rich in baroque and rococo architectural delights, the ‘Käse-Alm’ is an inviting place to sample the region’s delicious dairy produce – or, indeed, to enjoy a more substantial meal. In short: the Romantic Road by coach is a veritable El Dorado for all age groups.

For further information, please contact: Romantische Straße Touristik-Arbeitsgemeinschaft, Segringer Straße 19, 91550 Dinkelsbühl,
TEL: +49 (0) 9851 551387, FAX +49 (0) 9851 551388

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