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Castle Road
Step back in time to the glorious past

View of Dilsberg hilltop fortress

The Castle Road, one of Germany's longest-established scenic routes, celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2004. Fully signposted and running for around 1,000 km from Mannheim to Prague, it offers plenty of diversity, historical sites and delightful scenery peppered with romantic castles and fairytale palaces. The glorious past, still very much in evidence today, has left its imprint on many towns and villages along the route. The scenery along the route is as fascinating and awe-inspiring as the region's history. As the river Neckar meanders through the legendary Odenwald region, the Neckar valley reveals itself in all its grandeur. The Hohenlohe plain seems almost endless, but then come the rolling Franconian Heights, then the northern part of Franconian Switzerland. In Mannheim and Heidelberg visitors can still admire the legacy of the former Palatine electors, who adored the arts.

View of Heidelberg Castle

The Castle Road leads visitors from one amazing castle, palace or town to the next. Sights include gems of medieval architecture and romantic towns galore There are even relics of the Roman era, such as watchtowers and other Limes remnants. Mosbach, Bad Wimpfen, Schwäbisch Hall and Rothenburg are quaint old towns with picturesque half-timbered buildings. All are well worth a visit and will leave a lasting impression. Near Heilbronn the Castle Road passes through large areas of winegrowing country. There are impressive fortifications and baroque architecture to see in the rococo town of Auerbach, the medieval imperial city of Nuremberg and the ancient towns of Bamberg, Coburg, Kronach, Kulmbach and Bayreuth. The Castle Road then continues into the Czech Republic, passing the famous spa towns of Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne, before ending in style at Prague.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • Themes
    Castles and palaces

Highlights in brief

  • Mannheim
    Electors' palace
  • Heidelberg
    Old town, castle
  • Neckarsteinach
    "Four castle" town
  • Neckarzimmern
    Knight Götz von Berlichingen's castle
  • Rothenburg o.d.T.
    Historical buildings, Crime and Punishment Museum, Christmas Museum
  • Nuremberg
    Old town, Kaiserburg Castle
  • Bamberg
    UNESCO, Altenburg Castle
  • Kulmbach
    Plassenburg Castle
  • Bayreuth
    Festival town, Wagner