A romantic Trail of Castles – Ideal for all riders due to its more relaxed pace and plenty of time off and on the bikes to visit the stunning castles and roads along one of Germany’s most romantic routes
Overflowing with sagas, myths, fairy tales and legends, the Castle Route is already over 60 years old and is one of Germany’s most tradition-steeped scenic routes. The route plunges visitors straight into the Middle Ages, leading them from one castle to the next, from pinnacle to pinnacle – and always on the trail of emperors, kings and princes, knights, count palatines and romance.
The name of this route speaks for itself – castle after castle and a never-ending number of romantic medieval towns line this route that runs for almost 1200 km from the chessboard city of Mannheim where the Neckar meets the Rhine to the Golden City of Prague. The Castle Road is the east-west running themed route in Germany and makes an excellent motorcycle tour for riders and pillions
The castles with the best views
Over 70 castles, fairy tale palaces and stately homes line the Castle Road like a string of pearls, impressive monuments to the past. We will get the opportunity to see some of the greatest ones on this route but to visit all of them would take many weeks. At the same time, medieval towns, abbeys, sacred and secular architecture from a huge variety of eras, historic sites and innumerable cultural treasures ensure that any trip on the Castle Road is a vivid experience. Just as diverse as the region’s history is its breathtakingly beautiful countryside.
An abundance of medieval masterpieces await you on the Castle Road. This route is virtually unsurpassed in terms of architecture and hospitality. Visitors can watch period costume performances at festivals amongst authentic surroundings, visit medieval markets and secluded castle courtyards, go on ghost tours, dine at medieval banquets or sample historical recipes within ancient castle walls.
The many faces of the Castle Road
Make sure you set aside a little time to really get to know the varied faces of the Castle Road. The Castle Road also has plenty of activities for everyone and every age!
|Euro tunnel Return|
|All Hotels Included|
|Breakfast Each Morning|
|GPX Route Maps|
|Professional 24/7 Tour Guide/Leader|
|Distance||1400 miles approx|
DAY 1 - CALAIS TO SAARBRUCKEN
On the first day we meet at the Euro tunnel in Folkestone for 07.30, then we board the Euro tunnel for France to depart at around 08.20. We will then head through Belgium, Luxembourg and finally into Germany passing through the Ardennes Valley on route to Saarbrucken. Staying in a wonderful hotel amongst a beautiful backdrop of hills and forests before we head off to see our first castle of the tour the following day
DAY 2 - SAARBRUCKEN TO SCHWABISCH
The day is filled with some impressive looking castles, lakes and historical towns as we shall make our way through mid Germany on this little known route called “Castle Road” which, takes us into the heart of Germany and in a loop so we eventually come back on ourselves but via different roads also populated with Castles, medieval towns and historical monuments
Burg Schadeck Castle
DAY 3 - SCHWABISCH TO BAYREUTH
Continuing east we head to the town of Rothernburg ob der Tauber – Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the Romantic Road is a worldwide symbol of German romance. Artists have long taken inspiration from the unique location of this medieval town whose skyline with its 42 gates and towers is quite unmistakable. Nestling amidst beautiful, unspoiled countryside and still with a largely intact walkable town wall with medieval fortifications surrounding the historic center, Rothenburg with its winding alleyways and artistic treasures is the ideal place to relax.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
DAY 4 - BAYREUTH TO ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken, the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world.
We head for Plassenburg Castle (Bavarian Palace) where it is advisable to take the bus to see the castle as the walk is quite a challenge!
Next up, we head for Burg Pottenstein, a 1000-year-old castle, in a very beautiful location with a wonderful view over the city and landscape of the park owned once by, Count of Pottenstein 1027 – 1104
More Highlights of the day
Imperial Castle of Nuremberg (Kaiserburg Nurnberg)
Veste Lichtenau Castle and town
DAY 5 - ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER TO PONT-A-MOUSON
Tour itinerary may change slightly to that advertised due to hotel availability etc
23rd May 2020
Book this tour before 2020 to avoid price increases
Single rider sharing with another rider on the tour: Still ONLY £599.00
Rider & pillion with twin or double room: Still ONLY £999.00
Single rider private room: Still ONLY £799.00
Rider and pillion; please state which room you would prefer in the option on the checkout form (twin or double)
- Professionally guided by our tour guide
- Eurotunnel return fare
- Good quality hotel accommodation
- Buffet style breakfast each morning
- Full itinerary and tour pack
- FREE Limited Edition Neck Tube
- FREE Limited Edition Key Ring
- Gpx files for your sat nav (reference only)
- Full support from our Dorset, UK based office
- Assurance you are booking with a reputable established company
- Travel Insurance
- Hotel parking fees (if any)
- Entrance fees to attractions
- Meals or drinks other than stated
- Tolls or Vignettes (if required)
- Premium hotel services (such as premium wifi)
- Mini bar usage
It is a requirement that you ensure you have suitable repatriation cover and travel insurance on the tour. Please note, we do not allow customers to add purchases within the hotel onto their room for payment later as this causes us problems at check-out. All drinks or meals are to be paid for at the time of consumption or at the end of the meal.
We highly recommend a helmet camera on this tour, a particular favourite of ours is the GoPro Hero 7, see here