Want to see Germany and not stay in the major cities? Fly into Frankfurt, get a car and then start the journey along the Romantic Road as it meanders through Bavaria.
Really want to do it slowly? Ride a bike and when you tire, jump on a bus. The German countryside offers lots and the small towns have plenty of B&Bs for overnight stays. The road itself is busy in summer (as expected) but outside the summer season, the drive itself is relaxing.
The road officially goes between Würzburg and Füssen before ending up at King Ludwig's famous crazy castles.
Don't forget to visit all the other castles along the way.
Between Würzburg and Füssen
Germany (arrive via Frankfurt)
This museum mainly focuses on the ‘Judengasse’, the main street where the Jewish community lived before the war. With photos, scale models and some actual reconstructed masonry, you get a very good impression of how it used to be before it was finished off, along with the rest of medieval Frankfurt, by the American air force. There’s also a memorial room which has the names of all the Frankfurt Jews who perished written on the walls.
Untermainkai 14; www.jewishmuseum.de/
Known to the locals as the Kaiserdom (coronations used to take place here), this very Gothic-style cathedral still dominates the skyline from certain angles despite the plethora of tall office buildings. It was originally built in the 14th/15th centuries on the site of a still older church and has risen again from both fire and bomb damage.
After the bomb destruction of WW2 this is the only part of the old city which was re-constructed in the original medieval style. On the east side is the town hall, known as the Roemer, and the Lutheran Paulskirche where the City Parliament once used to convene. Opposite is a row of tall, thin houses/shops which give a good idea of how a lot of this whole area must have looked. On the south side is St Nicholas church.
Usually these sites are just one building - where the luminary used to live - that serves all purposes. Here you will find the house where Goethe was born, a fairly well-to-do affair which is interestingly decorated, a picture gallery dedicated to the Age of Goethe and a museum of literature which holds frequent readings, lectures and concerts.
Grosser Hirschgraben 23-35;
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