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The Romantic Road, known in German as the Romantische Straße, is a "theme route" devised by promotion-minded travel agents in the 1950s.
It describes the 350 kilometers (220 miles) of highway between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, specifically in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, linking a number of picturesque towns and castles. In medieval times it was a trade route that connected the center of Germany with the south. Today this region is thought by many international travelers to possess "quintessentially German" scenery and culture, in towns and cities such as Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg ob der Tauber and in castles such as Burg Harburg and the famous Neuschwanstein. The Romantic Road is marked along the way with brown signs. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "Romantic Road".