German Touring Routes
Germany has some of the most amazing cities and scenery in the whole of Europe, making it the perfect country to explore by car. With everything from fairy tale and romantic towns to vineyards, castles and more, there are plenty of pre-planned touring routes to explore. With the famous free German autobahns making driving in the country a pleasure, what better way to explore the country than by taking your car with you?
Getting to Germany
Take your car on a DFDS ferry crossing and it’s easy to get to Germany. If you live in the north of England or Scotland, then our daily, overnight crossings from Newcastle to Amsterdam are best for you. If you live further south, then hop across the Channel from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais on one of our 54 short daily sailings. From our port in IJmuiden, near Amsterdam, you can be in Germany in less than 2 hours, while from Dunkirk and Calais it will take approximately 3 hours.
The Romantic Road
A 250-mile journey full of romantic landscapes such as the Franconian wine region, the Alpine peaks, and the dream-like Pfaffenwinkel region, plus gorgeous valleys, lakes and more. The Romantic Road is the most popular touring route in Germany, with sights for art lovers, festival goers, history buffs, sports fans and anyone who likes a party.
In terms of scenery, the route lives up to its name, with wonderful architecture and breath-taking countryside, including Germany’s wine regions; the country’s best-kept secret. The route also sees you pass Neuschwanstein Castle, the world’s most spectacular fairy tale castle.
Fairy Tale Route
Once upon a time, there was a popular German touring route, taking you from Bremen to Frankfurt, allowing visitors to discover the homes of the heroes and heroines of the Brothers Grimm’s famous tales.
The Fairy Tale Route is 372 miles, taking in the kind of wonderful scenery which you associate with children’s tales, as well as culture and history, enchanting medieval towns, bewitched castles, fairy tale palaces, grottos and museums.
The Castle Route
At approximately 750 miles, this is a long and time-consuming route, but worth every second of exploration.
The Castle Route takes you through Germany’s beautiful and epic medieval cityscapes, from Mannheim to Prague in the Czech Republic, taking in more than 70 castles, including those in Bamberg, Heidelberg or Neckarsteinach. History, myth and legend will accompany you on every step of this route.
The Wine Route
Germany’s wine regions are among Europe’s best, and The Wine Route helps you discover all of the country’s most scenic vineyards, wine houses and wine festivals. The Wine Route will take you from the French border to Bockenheim an der Weinstraße in the Rhineland-Palatinate region.
Although short, at just over 50 miles, the winding roads and countless wine tasting sessions to be had ensure that this route was not made to be rushed!
The Cheese Route
One for food lovers, The Cheese Route will take you along the wonderful North Sea coastline, with flats and dunes, all accompanied by some of the continent’s best cheese! Approximately 300 miles long, this route circles from Launenberg, through Kiel, Flensburg and Fohr, to Hamburg, and then back. Cheeses of all types and flavours are available to sample as you travel, made from sheep, goat and cow’s milk.
Want to see more?
If you’ve been inspired by any of these routes above and want to learn more about Germany, then visit our blog for more ideas and inspiration. Alternatively, visit our Great Journeys pages for more fantastic touring routes throughout Germany and Europe.
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