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Germany's Palace Route

The Palace Route – the grandeur of Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg is rich in palaces, castles and monasteries, living witnesses to the power and grandeur of the past. This rich heritage thrives virtually everywhere you look, with castles and monasteries on almost every hill and scattered throughout the charming villages.

The Palace Route is a 1,500-kilometre pilgrimage through south west Germany, taking you to world-renowned palaces as well as some carefully-selected hidden gems. The following road trip takes you along the finest roads in the region, a perfect combination of pure driving pleasure and unforgettable cultural highlights.

You start at the Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, then on a further 400 or so kilometres through Hohenlohe and the Stauferland, continue over the plateau of the Schwäbische Alb and then trace the Danube to its source, at Residenzschloss Donaueschingen. If time permits, Avis thoroughly recommends that you carry on, through the Black Forest and into the Breisgau region.

It goes without saying, but any wine stops detailed on this page are for the benefit of hire car passengers ... designated drivers must confine themselves to drinking in the scenery.