Tauber Valley: Germany’s Romantic Gateway

As Franconia once lay at the heart of the Holy Roman Empire, so today’s Tauber Franconia region lies at the heart of the reunited Germany. The southern German tourism board branded Lieblichen Taubertal (Lovely Tauber Valley), is promoting the romantic landscape lying between Baden- Württemberg and Bavaria, a valley that extends for 120 kilometres and whose lush meadows and gently sweeping slopes are chequered with pristine medieval towns like Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Six tourist routes cover the valley, offering a diverse palette of cultural sites and pristine landscapes. The Romantic Road, which leads from Würzburg through the Tauber Valley to Füssen, the Castle Route from Mannheim/Heidelberg to Nuremberg, and the Bocksbeutel Strasse through the vineyards between Aisch and Tauber, are just some of the options that traverse southern Germany’s rolling tributary valleys.

From historically rich sites like the castle ruins at Wertheim to the Bronnbach monastery, the Teutonic Order castle in Bad Mergentheim, Baroque wine merchants’ houses and the Kurmainz castle in Tauberbischofsheim, the Tauber Valley also offers famed Franconian wines, beer from locally-grown barley, and rich local cuisine. Meanwhile, a range of comfortable accommodation can be found in in the numerous towns and villages, from boutique hotels to cosy farm guesthouses and campsites with a full range of facilities