Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1-3 Frankfurt & Heidelberg
  • Day 3-5 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Day 5-7 Bamberg
  • Day 7-10 Nuremberg, Munich

This itinerary covers part of the famed Castle Road and some of the top highlights in the state of Bavaria. It is a captivating blend of medical history, culture, and natural beauty. You’ll start in Heidelberg, with its historic university and scenic castle ruins. From there, you’ll drive on the famed Castle Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a town with ultimate medieval allure. Next stop is Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage that is full of baroque splendor and also famed for its beer and gingerbread. The trip culminates in Munich, where tradition meets modernity against a backdrop of historic landmarks, art museums, and the verdant English Garden, all easily explored by foot or public transport.

Highlights: The itinerary covers parts of ‘Castle Road’ – one of Germany’s most famous and attractive routes for road trips

Flights: You will be flying into Frankfurt and out of Munich

Transportation: Self-Drive

Modifications: Would you like to attend additional or different cities? Use the trains instead of a car, or possibly hire a driver? Do you have must-do activities? Contact us to customize this trip to your needs, and preferences.


Itinerary Overview

  • Frankfurt/Heidelberg
  • International Arrival
  • Pick up your rental car
  • Drive yourself from Frankfurt to Heidelberg in your rental car (~ 1 hour)

2 nights in Heidelberg

Heidelberg, a charming city in the heart of Germany, offers a blend of rich history and vibrant modern life. Its picturesque streets, lined with baroque architecture, lead to the renowned Heidelberg University, infusing the city with a youthful and intellectual spirit. A highlight of any visit here is the Heidelberg Castle. Perched on a hillside, this majestic ruin provides a window into the past and offers breathtaking views of the Neckar River valley. See more on Heidelberg, on my blog post Germany Itinerary: 14 Days of Faith, History, Castles & Wine.

Day 3-5

  • Drive yourself to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in your rental car (~2 hours)

2 nights in Rothenburg
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a step back in time with its well-preserved Medieval Old Town. Walking through its cobbled streets, you’re surrounded by half-timbered houses and ancient walls that tell tales of centuries past. You’ll attend the famous Night Watchman Tour, a unique experience that combines history with a touch of humor, as you explore Rothenburg’s enchanting corners under the cloak of night.

Day 5-7

  • Drive yourself to Bamberg in your rental car (~2 hours)

2 nights in Bamberg

Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a picturesque city with baroque and medieval buildings, and a romantic ambiance. Its well-preserved old town, the largest in Europe, is best explored on foot. Key sights include the four-towered Imperial Cathedral, the New Residence with its rose garden, the unique Old Town Hall in the middle of the Regnitz River, and the quaint “Little Venice” area. The city’s history is rich in beer brewing, and after a day of exploring, you can relax with a local beer at one of Bamberg’s thirteen breweries. Seasonal highlights include beer cellars in summer and the popular “Bock” beer in fall, with brewery taverns offering a warm welcome all year round.

Day 7-10

  • Drive yourself to Munich via Nuremberg, drop off your rental car (~3 hours)

Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second-largest city, is a blend of culinary delights, historical architecture, and cultural heritage. Famous for its “Elisenlebkuchen” gingerbread and “Rostbratwürstchen” bratwurst, the city also boasts the imposing Imperial Castle, a landmark visible from afar alongside the bell towers of St. Lorenz and St. Sebald Churches. Exploring the castle’s palace and its underground tunnels offers a deep dive into Nuremberg’s history. The city welcomes visitors with the medieval Craftsmen’s Market near the train station, leading to winding alleys and the main market square, reminiscent of scenes captured by the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer. Dürer’s legacy permeates the city, with his works displayed at the Dürerhaus and the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Despite its size, Nuremberg retains a cozy Franconian charm, harmoniously blending its historical roots with a modern, international vibe.

3 nights in Munich

Munich is a city where tradition and modernity blend seamlessly. The city’s walkability and excellent public transportation system make it easy to navigate its top attractions, from the historic Old Town to the Hofbräuhaus, a cornerstone of Bavarian beer culture. Munich’s rich history is highlighted through visits to landmarks like Marienplatz, the New Town Hall with its famous Glockenspiel, and the twin-towered Frauenkirche. The city’s art scene is robust, with museums and galleries that showcase everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to European paintings, and the English Garden is one of the world’s biggest city parks. For a comprehensive read on Munich, please see my blog post 5 Days in Munich: List of Best Things to See & Do.

  • International Departure

Setting off on this road trip offers you glimpse into the heart of Germany’s rich history and stunning natural beauty. From the historic charm of Heidelberg to the lively culture of Munich, this itinerary stitches together a journey of discovery and relaxation. It’s an inviting mix of sightseeing, savoring local flavors, and simply soaking in the scenic views that define Bavaria and the Castle Road. It is perfect for those looking to explore at their own pace. Whether you’re drawn to the allure of medieval castles or the tranquility of the Bavarian countryside, here’s your chance to experience it all.