Coaches were already playing a very special part in the founding year of Germany's oldest tourist route: The Romantic Road Tourist Association was formed on 10 January 1950 at Hotel Augusta in Augsburg and, on 19 June of the same year, the longest long-distance bus route in Southern Germany became operational. With it came the realisation of a long-cherished wish of both leisure and business travellers to be able to get quickly and comfortably from the valley of the river Main to the Alps and back. In the absence of a railway line, the founding fathers were also keen to be able to offer international visitors some form of public transport, since tourist facilities at that time did not include rental cars.
During our bus tour – which operates under the aegis of the Augsburg Railway Authority – the guests will be able to experience the charm of travelling along the Romantic Road in the 1950s!
The Neoplan Bus NH 6/7, which left the Auwaerter works in 1958, is well known because of its appearance in the German TV series ‘Strasse der Lieder’ (‘Road of Songs’). It will travel a route rich in experiences from Wuerzburg to Fuessen and give the tour members a nostalgic taste of the earliest, still tentative days of long-distance coach travel.
You will discover old favourites and new surprises, culinary specialities and world-famous sights such as the Prince Bishops' Residence in Wuerzburg, Weikersheim Castle, Herrgottskirche (‘Church of our Lord’) in Creglingen, the medieval towns of Rothenburg and Dinkelsbuehl, the oldest social housing complex in the world in Augsburg, Wieskirche (‘Church in the Wies’) and the two royal castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The coach, powered by a 132 BHP motor, has 30 seats so that only early applicants can be sure of a ticket ‘to the good old days’!