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On The Fast Lane

Road Trip Through Germany

September 4, 2020

“Are we there yet?”
This time, they can ask as often as they want, it won’t really matter, for you will not want these road trips to end!  Germany, known for its famous autobahns, is a fun and wonderful country to drive around. The country boasts eons of history, unbelievable landscapes, and a wide variety of outdoor activities, handy when the time comes to stretch your legs. Here are some of our favorite ones. Alle Einsteigen!

Herrenberg, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Baden Baden city river, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Autum Black Forest, by Art In Voyage
black forest, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Deer - Stag, Germany, by Art In Voyage

Baden Baden to Freudenstadt

1 hour and 7 minutes

Now if we are considering traveling from Stuttugart to Baden Baden and then to Freudenstadt, it will be a total of 2 hours and 18minutes. No matter though, it is still a great drive, and extending the road trip by an extra hour or so means that the fun will last even longer.

This road trip is in the deep, dark Black Forest. These forest drives don’t get any lovelier than the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse. This is a road with altitude, where the views over hill and dale are constant. Wind down the window for pine-fresh air as you cruise from the spa town of Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt, passing curious woodlands of flecked surroundings that luscious meadows, waterfalls, lakes, and stout farmhouses have come to call home. This area meanders past ancient lakes, toy-town villages, gentle folds of valleys with a covering of forest that seems to go as far as the eye can see. Autumn helps to bring a dash of gold to the picture making it even more mysteriously beautiful.

Cathedral, Mainz, by Art In Voyage
Cologne, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Düsseldorf, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Mainz, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Reflection , Germany, by Art In Voyage

Düsseldorf to Mainz

2 hours and 3 minutes

After powerhouse-ing through riverside cities of Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Bonn, watch an epic scenery unfold as Germany’s Romantic Rhine valley carves between towering cliffs, bonding in forest and vines, and crowned by castles, brings us to the delightful Mainz. Mainz is famous for its university, its Roman heritage, its status as a media hub and it is the regional capital.

Mainz is Germany’s wine capital; it was founded by the Romans on the left bank of the Rhine and has more than 2,000 years of history. Hovering over the Altstadt’s romantic cobblestone streets is the huge Romanesque cathedral, a burial place for centuries of ruling Prince Archbishops. Here every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, a market takes largest of the four squares around the cathedral, This Market was developed with the cathedral in the 10th century.  A fabled stop on the original European Grand Tour, the riverscape is a designated Unesco World Heritage site.

snow covered mountains, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Hohenschwangau Castle, by Art In Voyage
Medieval old town, Bavaria, by Art In Voyage
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Wurzburg, Germany, by Art In Voyage

Würzburg to Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castles

3 hours and 14minutes

Experience the side of Germany that are bedtime story-book – medieval walled towns, gabled townhouses, cobbled squares, and crooked streets, all preserved as if time has come to a standstill. Do the trip in winter when Bavaria’s chocolate-box towns look even prettier under a layer of snow. From the vineyards of Würzburg to the foot of the Alps, the magical Road, Romantische Strasse, is by far the most enchanting of Germany’s touring routes.

This historically used trail cuts through a cultural and historical cross-section of southern Germany, coming to the climatic gates of King Ludwig II’s crazy castles. The route links some of Germany’s most eye-grabbing towns which many appeared untouched since medieval times.

The Hohenschwangau Castle is where young King Ludwig II spent his childhood. The castle was dated back to the 12th century, home to the knights of Schwangau. However, over the centuries, it was badly damaged. In 1832, Crown Prince Maximilian, who became the father of King Ludwig II, acquired the castle. It was completely rebuilt and took a duration of 5 years to complete. He and his family used the castle during the summer and as a hunting residence.

The Neuschwanstein Castle, an over-the-top palace snuggled in the Bavarian Alps is less idyllic. King Ludwig II of Bavaria started the cliffside castle in 1868, just two years after Austria and Bavaria were conquered by Prussia during the Austro-Prussian, effectively stripping Ludwig II of his powers. He quickly retreated into a private fantasy world, surrounding himself with opulent castles where he could live out his dreams of being a true, sovereign king. Ludwig II never saw the final Neuschwanstein. He died in 1886, and the final towers were not completed until 1892. Within weeks of his sudden and mysterious death, the fairy tale castle was opened to the public.

Bavarian cows, by Art In Voyage
Port of Lindau, by Art In Voyage
Bavarian Apls, by Art In Voyage
lake and church, Konigssee, by Art In Voyage
Alpine lake, Koenigssee

Lindau to Königssee

3 hours and 40 mins

This exciting drive winds through the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, taking in charming castles, lakes of pure drinking water, and high peaks of cloaked snow remain year-round. The Alpenstrasse, as it’s known in German, was the country’s first touring road, dating as far back as 1858. A bonus of this route is its variety – one day you can be exploring one of King Ludwig II’s castles, the next picnicking on an Alpine meadow, and the day after that taking a boat trip across a glassy Alpine lake.

The Königssee is a natural kingdom, an emerald green lake that is nestled at the foot of the imposing eastern wall of Mount Watzmann in the heart of the Berchtesgaden National Park, this lake is one of nature’s true masterpieces. The greatest luxury these days is silence, when boarding a boat on the lake, it becomes intensely quiet. During the crossing to St. Bartholomew the boatman will play his trumpet to lure out the world-famous Königssee echo from the steep rock face. There is also the lovely pilgrimage church that is world-renowned for its wine-red rounded roofs.

Hair pen mountain pass, by Art In Voyage
Hanau town hall, by Art In Voyage
swan, winter town, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Snowy german town, by Art In Voyage
sunset road Europe, by Art In Voyage

Hanau to Bremerhaven

5 hours and 22 mins

The 600km Märchenstrasse, a Fairy Tale Road which is one of Germany’s most popular tourist routes, with more than 60 stops along the way. It’s made up of cities, towns, and hamlets in four states and is all associated with the works of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm.

Although most can be easily visited using public transport, a car lets you fully explore the route. Adventure into the locations of stories and learn about these remarkable brothers on this trip, which includes a few non-Grimm fairy-tale sights as well. You will certainly end this trip happy, having explored a beautiful stretch of Germany and learned the real stories behind the fairy tales we have come to know.

Hanau is famous for being the birthplace of the Grimm brothers, the publishers of the well-loved fairy tales. Here you can attend the Brüder Grimm Festspiele (Brothers Grimm Festival), this is a well-known festival all over Germany. Soak up the mystery and fairy tales of your childhood. Step back into the time when witches, princesses, and heroes were part of your real world. The festival takes place in the amphitheater in the park of Schloss Philippsruhe. Thanks to the covered theatre you don’t need to worry about rain or sunshine.

Arerial view of autum road in Europe, by Art In Voyage
Snowy forest, Germany, by Art In Voyage
Ferrari 488, By Art In Voyage
Lamboghini Huran, By Art In Voyage
Road in europe, Autum, by Art In Voyage

Boost your Adventure with a Sports Car

Enjoy premium luxury from the moment you arrive. Jump into a fine sports cars for the ultimate driving experience. Get the elite Porsche 911 Carrera S or a Porsche 718 Boxster, a stylish BMW 4 Series Convertible or a BMW i8. You may want to indulge in a Maserati GranCabrio or a Lamborghini Aventador. And you can do all this, while being pampered along the way, by joining our Roadsters Of Europe journey!

Of course, Art In Voyage may customize the ultimate road trip through Germany, behind the wheels of the ultimate sports car, a vintage roadster or a good old sedan..just as long as you add Germany to your bucket list!