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23 Dec

Celebrate the holidays with Hertz on Germany’s Romantic Road byFabio

Celebrate the holidays with Hertz on Germany’s Romantic Road banner

The Romantic Road covers approximately 350 kilometres and links central Germany with the southern states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. It was once a trade route but now brings travellers from all over the world eager to explore southern Germany’s many markets, beer halls and castles. Germany’s Romantic Road is beautiful any time of year, but the festive and picturesque Weihnachtsmarkt – Christmas markets – bring the medieval towns and villages to life!

 

Begin your journey in Nuremberg located on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. Once regarded as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Nuremberg is known for is world-famous Christmas markets located inHauptmarkt Square in the Old Quarter. This Christmas market is highly regarded for its handmade ornaments and gingerbread sweets, and draws over a million shoppers each year.

 

Take E45 northwest to Würzburg, which has settlements that date back to the Bronze Age, so it’s no surprise that Würzburg’s Christmas market is hundreds of years old. Perhaps the most atmospheric of all Bavaria’s Christmas markets, each night over 100 beautifully decorated booths are illuminated by the glow of festive lights.

 

From Würzburg, head south on E43 and you are less than an hour’s drive from your next stop. Rothenburg is a remarkably well-preserved walled city with cobblestone streets and quaint courtyards that create the illusion of a medieval village stuck in time. In Rothenberg, Christmas can be experienced all year long with a Christmas market of exceptional beauty and charm.

 

It’s another short trip to Dinkelsbühl,your next destination on the Romantic Road. Continue south on E43 until you reach the turn for the ancestral home of the Counts of Drechsel-Deufstetten. This is whereChristoph von Schmid wrote his famous Christmas carol "IhrKinderleinKommet" (O Come Little Children), lending special significance to its Christmas market. Make sure you get plenty of pretzels, sausages and other Bavarian treats for the two-hour trip to your next stop.

 

Located a few kilometres from the Austrian border, Füssen is the home of a pair majestic castles built by Mad King Ludwig II: Hohenschwangau, which overlooks Swan Lake, and Neuschwanstein, which served as the inspiration for the famous castle at Disneyland. The Christmas market is located in the heart of Füssen’s Old Quarter where colourful decorations transform the baroque inner courtyard of St. Magnus Abbey into a winter wonderland with Austria’s Northern Limestone Alps serving as a stunning backdrop.

 

Proceed north on 17 to Augsburg, Germany’s third oldest city. Located on the edge of Augsburg Western Woods Nature Park, it’s also one of Germany’s greenest cities. Once the site of intense feuding between Catholics and Protestants, the Peace of Augsburg in 1555 ensured that everyone could celebrate together in its lovely Christmas market, one of the oldest in all of Germany. Once you’ve strolled the festive streets, you’ll be ready to return to Nuremburg for any last-minute shopping for everyone on your list!

 

Follow and answer the question to Win:For your chance to wina free rental day voucher, enter either via Facebook or Twitter. 

 

Facebook:

Comment on our Facebook post with an answer to the following question: What is the typical Christmas dessert in Germany?

 

- Christmas pudding

- Bûche de Noël

- Christstollen

- Pandoro

- Turron

- Kerststol

 

Don’t forget to share our guide with your friends to start planning your trip!

 

Twitter:

Retweetfor a chance to win a free rental day voucher.

The competition start on the 9thof December 2014 until the 5thof January 2015,  and will be announced on social media. Full terms and conditions can be found below.

 

                                                                 

 

Terms and conditions

 

- The competition is available in the following markets: UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Italy and there will be one winner of a free voucher for a rental day in eachmarket

- Free voucher includes the Rental Rate, CDW, TP and Unlimited Mileage for a day’s rental. Your rental charges will be adjusted at the rental station on presentation of this voucher

- Prize draw takes place on the 5th January 2015 and Hertz will make all reasonable attempts to contact the winner.  If the winner does not confirm prize acceptance after three (3) days, or if there is insufficient information supplied to contact the winner, the prize will be forfeited

- The promoter's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

- Voucher applies to Compact car groups and above on Hertz’ Daily and Weekly Inclusive’ non prepaid retail rates for rentals of 2 days or more. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance

- Voucher can be used at participating locations in Europe, the USA and Canada and may not apply to domestic rentals in certain countries

- Voucher may not be combined with a CDP number and the relevant PC number must be quoted at booking ( EU rentals: 129710, US rentals: 130572)

- Voucher must be surrendered prior to or at end of rental, Hertz will adjust charges and apply the Free Day if this voucher is redeemed as required

- All rentals are subject to Hertz’ standard terms and conditions

- The promotion runs from the 9thof December 2014 until the 5thof January 2015

- The prize draw is open to persons over the age of 21

- No cash alternative is offered and the prize cannot be sold

- To be eligible for the draw, online customers must enter using the #HertzDrives

- By entering the competition, permission is granted for Hertz Europe to use images uploaded on social media platforms for  promotional purposes only

- The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and Twitter.

- Hertz reserves the right to suspend, cancel or amend the promotion and/or revise these terms and conditions at any time without    giving prior notice and by continuing to take part in this promotion subsequent to any such revision of these terms and conditions  entrants shall be deemed to have been agreed to any such new or amended terms

- Promoter: Hertz Europe Limited, based at Hertz House, 11 Vine Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1QE, United Kingdom. This  promotion is subject to English Law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts

 

 

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