I blame Henry Cole, who has a programme on the Travel Channel called "World''s Greatest Motorcycle Rides", for this part of the return trip home from Czech. The last programme we had on Sky+ was about the German Romantische Strasse. Places like Donauworth, Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Claire was most interested in a visit to Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas shop in Rothenburg. And as a trade-off for the days sitting by the side of the track at the Brno MotoGP I had to agree.
Once we had entangled ourselves from Prague where we had stayed the night before at the Extol Inn in Holesovice aka Prague 7.
Looking at the map it looked that the nearest part of the Strasse would be Dinkelsbühl, and so we made our way there across country to avoid a huge traffic jam on the motorway.
The first sight of the town is a gateway, once inside there are so many photogenic sights.
We spent a while there, enjoyed a eiscaffe before togging up to get to Rothenburg.
The Romantische Strasse is sign posted between Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg and passes through pretty beautiful countryside.
Rothernburg is even more scenic.
After few hours wandering around and Claire investing in snow globes (!) we just had to have a drink and a rest. The weather had been so good we were a little frazzled so it had to be beer. I always thought that a stein was for tourists, but in fact, they really do keep your beer colder than a glass.
Once refreshed we suited and booted and set off for the Youth Hostel in Creglingen, another 14kms along the Strasse.
The YH is just off the main road and Creglingen is very quiet. Dinner that night was at a local gasthaus. Although we had no idea what we were ordering when we saw pfifferling (!) it turned out they were chanterelle mushrooms. It was apparently the week when they are in season.
The next day we were sadly motorway bound until we reached the Rhein, but not before a few more miles to Weikersheim on the Romantische Strasse.