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Würzburg: Sightseeing Train Tour

1. Würzburg: Sightseeing Train Tour

Explore the historic city of Würzburg on a picturesque sightseeing train. Enjoy a ride through the city center, departing from the Würzburg Residence. Pass the Cathedral, travel along the river Main, and see Marienberg Castle. Enjoy panoramic views of the sights from the comfort of your seat. In addition, learn more about the history of the city and uncover its secrets and legends from your informative audio-guide. During this tour, you will be able to see all of the city's highlights in just 40 minutes and afterwards, explore the city at your own pace.

From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

2. From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

Take a trip down an authentic German holiday route. Sample locally-made wines, and explore local landmarks in the company of a guide in historical costume. Begin your trip outside Würzburg main station. Board your air-conditioned coach, cross the River Main, and head for the vineyards of the Tauber Valley. Cruise past Bad Mergentheim and the wine town of Markelsheim as you enjoy your journey. Alight at Weikersheim to meet your guide in historical costume. Be led through a renaissance castle and park, designed in the style of Versailles. Encounter Röttingen, regarded as Germany's first European city, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, claimed to be the most romantic city in Germany. Taste 3 different wines from the Markelsheim winegrowers' cooperative. Start with a welcome glass of Secco on the journey out, then enjoy a Müller Thurgau or Silvaner white as you drive along the vineyards in the Tauber Valley, and a glass of red on your way home.

From Leipzig: Day Tour to the Green Belt

3. From Leipzig: Day Tour to the Green Belt

Explore the towns of Röcken, Lützen, Mödlareuth, Burgstein and Sachsgrün from Leipzig with a local guide. Come across the Green Belt of the former inner-German border. Relish the peaceful nature, enjoy free time and taste local culinary of the region. Stop in Lützen and Röcken, the hometowns of Gustav Adolf and Friedrich Nietzsche. Take a short visit to Blankenstein, the beginning of the Rennsteig and former inner-German border town of today, Thuringia - Bavaria, known also as Little Berlin. Go to Museum Mödlareuth and the border station, Gutenfürst. Take a detour to the Castle ruins near Krebes and walk along the Green Belt near Sachsgrün. Visit the Saxon province, a place that has produced some great thinkers. Explore the abandoned peripheral areas that have written history, or were its plaything.

From Frankfurt: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wine Tour

4. From Frankfurt: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wine Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg on der Tauber. Taste some regional wines during the journey, and see the main sights of the charming city of Rothenburg with your guide. Depart from in front of Frankfurt's main train station in the morning and travel through the Tauber Valley, the wine-growing region of Germany's oldest holiday route. Pass small villages such as Weikersheim and catch a glimpse of its magnificent Renaissance palace and its beautiful park. On the way from Frankfurt to Rothenburg make a stop to taste some regional wines including sparkling wine and dry white wine. Make a brief photo stop in the city of Würzburg and see the Prince Bishop's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is considered one of Germany`s most romantic towns, and a medieval architectural jewel. See the main sights of the town with your guide, such as the town wall with its numerous towery and gates. Stroll around the Market Place with its magnificent Town Hall and many half-timbered houses. Admire the exterior of the Church of St. Jakob and the "Plönlein." You will also have time for lunch, reserved at a restaurant at your own expense. Pay a visit to The German Christmas Museum, which highlights festive traditions and history in Germany. Or, you may visit the Medieval Crime Museum with its historical collection of objects relating to medieval law. On the return journey to Frankfurt am Main, stop for a glass of Tauberschwarz red wine. Finally, be returned to central Frankfurt in the evening.

Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

5. Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the Romantic Road, Germany's oldest and most loved holiday route. Travel through Würzburg into the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the epitome of German romanticism. Depart Frankfurt in the morning, start the drive through the Spessart to Würzburg. Passing the university town, the Tauber Valley will be reached. Bad Mergentheim and Markelsheim are located where three major wine-growing regions come together. Drive to the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the official starting point of the Romantic Road. Crossing the River Main, enjoy views of the Marienberg Fortress and the Käppele, the Chapel of Grace. Visit the city of Weikersheim next, where the Renaissance castle and the Baroque garden can be visited. See the historic market square, then pass Röttingen, Germany’s first European town, and Creglingen. Rothenburg ob der Tauber will be reached at lunch time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must when traveling in Europe. Famous sights are the medieval town wall, the historical marketplace, the town hall, the Gothic Parish Church of St. Jakob, and the Plönlein, an area featuring a colorful timber-frame house. The tour ends round-trip back in Frankfurt.

Nuremberg: Wohrder Lake and Wöhrder Wiesen City Quest Game

6. Nuremberg: Wohrder Lake and Wöhrder Wiesen City Quest Game

Interact with sites in Nuremberg by following clues and playing minigames on this smartphone game. Puzzle your way through the area around the Wöhrder Wiesen park. Dive into sites like the Neptune Fountain and the Bismark monument and uncover facts about these sites as you play. Combine the fun of a smartphone game with a city tour. Press 'Start' and begin your adventure as part of the Sir Peter Morgan Academy. Let an audio clip by Sir Peter Morgan immerse you in this experience and introduce you to the game. Choose to play alone or with a group of friends. Hike through Nuremberg's pristine greenspaces. Put your knowledge to the test in order to progress and obtain the coveted badges. Complete all the tasks to receive a summary of your game and a code to collect your award. Compete with Sir Peter Morgan's other contenders on the leaderboard.

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What people are saying about Franconia

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 89 reviews

Such a great experience. The tour guide taught us so much about the history of the romantic road, which leads us to rothenburg and it goes further. On the way to rothenburg, we made multiple stops along the romantic road at such beautiful villages. Then rothenburg was so so beautiful. Overall 10/10 would highly recommend this tour if you are looking for a day trip from Frankfurt.

The central station in Frankfurt is undergoing maintenance, so finding the meeting point is complicated. Fortunately, our guide, Keiko, met us at the bus stop and we were able to carry out the activity. Great guide, very entertaining. We visited Rothenburg and a few other small towns on the Romantic Road. It is worth strolling through this medieval walled city.

Very informative tour of Würzburg. Detailed audio tour guide that told a lot about Würzburg. We can only recommend this tour!

Super good explanations, very nice route. All sights were driven off. Gladly again!

Great briefing by Sigi and very interesting tour of Bayreuth. Was very fun.