In Germany, traveling “back in time” is practically a given. No corner of the country is devoid of history — modern, medieval, or ancient — periods and eras overlapping in one swift panorama.
Of course, certain regions lend themselves to certain stories: Do you want to unfurl the pages of the Roman era? Baroque? Or perhaps you want to go way back to the Stone Age? Take a look at the routes below, itineraries spanning some 7,000 years, and find the world you want to explore.
German Limes Route
Running through Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, and Bavaria, this spectacular 350-mile route — accessible by car or via bike path — is an incredible way to experience Germany’s memorable countryside. Beyond the age-old towns and villages, the endless rolling landscapes and beautiful views, the route was explicitly founded to provide a look into the country’s ancient Roman sites. “Limes” means “paths” in Latin, eventually taking on the meaning of “borders.” This route follows the northern, fortified edges of the Roman Empire, and is essentially the German length of Hadrian’s Wall.
As such, it links no fewer than 80 towns and a string of related monuments and museums dating