Romantic Road and Bavaria Highlights
As the route traverses further south and towards the end of the route is the village of Schwangau – the village of royal castles – at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. The two royal castles, Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle, attract visitors from all over the world and as mentioned earlier the latter is the most visited tourist attraction in Germany.
Whilst the Romantic Road may end at Fussen, perhaps the end should be at the summit of Zugspitze (2,962m), the highest point in Germany, which is only about 50km from Fussen?! The ascent to the summit of Zugspitze (starting from the alpine town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen) is a treat in itself: a cogwheel train takes you through – yes, through! – the mountain and onto a glacier from where you ascend to the summit on a cable car. The summit actually straddles Germany and Austria and there are two separate terraces – German and Austrian – connected by a walkway which was the border-crossing point between the two nations requiring a passport just to walk from one side of the summit to the other! History and long-gone border formalities aside, the views from the summit are simply breathtaking!