Are you an adventure-seeker who’s looking for something exciting for the next vacation? Well,  road tripping in Germany can be a great idea! German freeway, known as Autobahn, lies throughout the country. It gives you a quick and easy access to all major cities in Germany. Taking a road trip in Germany can’t get any better thanks to the fantastic sceneries you will pass. Here are the best scenic routes for your first remarkable road trip in Germany with your family and friends!

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Route 1: Germany’s Fairytale Road

Steinau – Schwalm – Kassel – Castle Sababurg – Trendelburg

Birthplace of Brother Grimm in Germany - Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany

Birthplace of Brother Grimm in Germany

Let’s start with German Fairy Tale Road where you can enter the enchanting world of Brothers Grimm. First stop is the birthplace of Brothers Grimm in Steinau. The house where the two brothers Jacob and Wilhelm lived, is now open for public as a museum.

Moving on to the Little Red Riding Hood setting in Schwalm region, you can walk through the dark forest and visit the Museum der Schwalm. The museum features a typical traditional costumes that Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother wear.

Continue your fairy tale road trip to Kassel. The city is a home for GRIMM WORLD that features interactive exhibits and Brothers Grimm’s personal copy of Children’s and Household Tale.

Sababurg Castle - Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany

Sababurg Castle, where the legend of Sleeping Beauty begins.

Discover the place where Sleeping Beauty story begins by paying a visit to Castle Sababurg. The castle that was built almost 700 years ago is surrounded by a lush green park. Here you can climb to the top of the castle tower and experience the Sleeping Beauty tale as it’s now home to a hotel. During summer time you can also watch the theater performance in the courtyard.

Trendelburg Castle where Rapunzel was kept in prison - Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany

Trendelburg Castle where Rapunzel was kept in prison

End your magical journey to a home of another fairy tale princess, Rapunzel, in Trendelburg. Visit the Trendelburg Castle where you can witness the tower where she was imprisoned by an evil witch.

Route 2: South Germany

Munich – Feussen – Meersburg – Europa Park – Baden Baden – Stuttgart – Frankfurt

Alps view from Munich -Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany

Alps view from Munich

Discover the beauty of South Germany by driving your car from Munich to Frankfurt. When the weather is clear, Munich has one of the best views of the Alps. Pay a visit to the Old Town of Munich with stops at Frauenkirche (Cathedral Church of Our Lady), Alte Pinakothek and the Munich Residenz.

Linderhof Palace, built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria - Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany

Linderhof Palace, built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Continue your trip from Munich to Fuessen. In less than two hours, you will see the Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle that was built by King Ludwig II. These castles are two of Germany’s most famous landmarks.

Mountain Saentis over the Lake Constance - Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany

Mountain Saentis over the Lake Constance.

Next, drive west to Meersburg. You’ll pass Lindau and witness the breathtaking scenery of Lake Constance. Within two hours, you will arrive at the home of the Old Castle and the New Castle. Stop by to visit the open-air archaeological museum in Unteruhldingen or the baroque pilgrim church at Birnau.

Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany - Europa Park, the largest theme park in Germany.

Europa Park, the largest theme park in Germany.

The next destination of your road trip will be very amusing! Hop off the car and enjoy a thrilling experience in Europa Park in Rust. This Germany’s largest theme park, as well as one of the best theme park in the world, has over 100 attractions and shows. On the way from Meersburg to Europa Park, you can take a break and enjoy the calming sound of Danube River at Donaueschingen.

Another two-hour drive from Europa Park will bring you to Baden Baden, a wellness and spa destination. Baden Baden also has a magnificent landscape and hot balloon ride to help you unwind.

Porsche Museum in Stuttgart - Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany-

Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

What’s a road trip without a detour? This will be worth your time because you’ll be heading to Stuttgart where two biggest automobile manufacturers, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, open their museums for public. Stuttgart’s pedestrian zone and shopping outlets are also worth visiting before departing for Frankfurt.

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Route 3: River Rhine

Frankfurt – Cologne – Boppard – Heidelberg – Rothenburg

Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany - Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge at sunset.

Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge at sunset.

Let’s begin with two-hour journey from Frankfurt to Cologne! Once arrived, take as much time as you want to admire the grand Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most famous landmarks.

Continue towards Boppard and pay a visit to Bonn and stop at Beethoven-Haus. It’s a memorial site, museum and cultural institution dedicated to the world’s most significant composer. You can also make a stop to see Moselle Viaduct, a high bridge over Moselle river, in Winningen before proceed to Boppard.

Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany - The ruin of Heidelberg Castle

The ruin of Heidelberg Castle

Continue your drive for an hour and 40 minutes to Heidelberg to see the breathtaking ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Though the castle was constructed around 1200 and what remain now are mostly ruins, you still can see the Ruprecht wing and its magnificent Renaissance fireplace. The castle has an amazing view of the Neckar River and the Neckar Valley far into the Rhine plain. Every Saturday, the ‘Life at court’ guided tour will give insight on how was it like to reside at Heidelberg Castle.

 

Best Scenic Routes for Your First Road Trip in Germany - The view of Neckar River

The view of Neckar River

Driving along the Neckar River, you can see castles, vineyards and small villages to the finish line in Rothenburg. Visit Bad Wimpfen to see a fairytale skyline with Blue Tower, churches and historic buildings of Celts and Romans. An old church transformed into an art gallery, Museum Wurth, is also worth visiting for its excellent modern art exhibitions before reaching out to your final destinations in Rothenburg.

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