Posted By Margie Goldsmith, #197529,
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I feel like a queen as we pass two-up beneath the welcome sign of the 2014 BMW Motorrad Rally in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Everyone is ogling our BMW K-1600 GTL Exclusive, and as I lean back on the upholstered backrest behind my man, Jamie Anthony, I’m almost tempted to raise my hand from the leather armrest and give the Royal Wave.
From the moment we hit the road in Munich for the one-hour drive to Garmisch, I could tell the Exclusive was special. The gleaming silver and white bike is so sleek and cool-looking that every biker on the road has been giving us the thumbs up sign. I know they’ll keep doing that for the next six days as we take the bike on a tour of Germany’s most famous and scenic route, the Romantic Road.
This scenic route, relatively unknown to Americans, runs from the steep vineyards along the River Main in Franconia’s Wurtzburg (where they drink wine) to the Alps of Schwangau in Southern Germany (where they prefer beer), a distance of 310 miles. The two-lane country road meanders alongside turquoise rivers and borders hay fields gleaming golden in the sun and pastures dotted with sheep and cows. We wind through countless picturesque medieval towns with onion-domed churches and half-timbered medieval houses as we follow the route.
Most visitors drive from Wurtzburg south to take in views of the approaching Alps. They end their journey in Schwangau, home to the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle, which Disney used as the archetype for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. We plan to drive it the opposite way, which is less trafficked. Our route from Garmisch leads us to Fussen to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, then heads north on the Romantic Road.
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