We decided to travel along the Romantic Road in a rental car because there are many stunning medieval towns and castles to visit plus we could experience the German autobahns where I managed to get up to 200km/h until the alarm went off (crying wife). It goes from about the middle of Germany starting at Wurzburg and ends in the South at Fussen with the highlight of Neuschwanstein Castle (Disneyland based their castle on this) in Hohenschwagau just before the end. We actually travelled from Switzerland into Munich and then roughly on the Romantic Road in the reverse direction (from South to North) and only stopped at 3 locations (Hohenschwangau, Augsburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber which seemed the most significant) + Heidelberg to the West (not part of the Romantic Road but worth a visit) then on to Frankfurt just to catch a plane to Berlin.
I took these photos, 360° images and videos while on holiday with my wife for a few days in May 2012. Refer to my customised Germany - Romantic Road Google map for where we saw the main points of interest.
This is part of a 6 week adventure that my wife and I took in the middle of 2012 that includes:
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Hohenschwangau is a small town where you access the famous Neuschwanstein Castle (Disneyland based their castle on this) and Hohenschwangau Castle. It was our first stop coming from Munich. We walked up the road to get to Neuschwanstein Castle which wasn't too easy but you get the best view of it from Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke).
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The main feature we visited was the Perlachturm (Perlach Tower) for a great view over Augsberg which was an ideal place to capture a 360° photo from there too.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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Such a great little town to visit with surprisingly many things to see and do. There is an old defence wall surrounding the town that we walked along the top to get a great overall sense of where we were. Climbing the staircase of the Rothenburg Town Hall (Rathaus) in the middle of the town brings you to a great 360° view. There seemed to be many events when we were there with traditional parades and performances in the streets. The nightwatchman tour was funny and very well presented - highly recommended.
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The main feature to see here is the Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss) ruins that can be accessed via a short funicular (steep cog railway) but it is also famous for the Heidelberg University. There is also the Old Town area which contains traditional buildings and cobbles stone roads which is great to walk around and then head over the bridge for some nice views of the river.
About the photos
I've been a keen photographer for over 10 years and have been creating 360° panoramic images for about that long too. I've sold some individually, for web sites, a couple of weddings and projects for clients where I work as a visualisation artist. All the panoramas on this page were taken handheld because you are not allowed to use tripods in most of the places I visited so you may find some strange gaps where the photos are stitched together because of this.
The camera used for all of these photos is a Canon 5D MkIII digital SLR with a 24-105mm L series lens. This camera works great in low light situations, has a full frame sensor to get wide angle shots and produces super sharp photos. Unfortuantely it is very big, heavy and expensive so I made the decision to choose quality over comfort. A camera store assistant once told me: A man invited a lady over to his place one night to show her his photos. She said, "Gee, they're great photos. You must have a great camera." She invited the man to her place for dinner the next night and after the meal he said "Gee, that was a great meal. You must have a great oven."