World's Best Drives: A Ride Through Picturesque Germany In A Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

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November 27, 2017 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

As president of the Mercedes-Benz Club Thailand and co-author of Thailand’s Ultimate Classic Cars, it's no surprise Sayam Sethaputra and his wife spent their honeymoon driving through Germany in a classic Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

My most memorable road trip was my honeymoon, when I drove my wife, Kristina, along the Romantic Road in the southern provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in Germany. At Frankfurt Airport, we hired an everyday car to take us to the start of the Romantic Road in the historic city of Würzburg, where we switched to a classic Mercedes-Benz 500 SL.

Germany's "Romantic Road" features breathtaking sights like Neuschwanstein Castle

The Romantic Road stretches from Würzburg to Füssen, passing historical sites including the medieval walled towns of Rothenburg ob de Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen. The highlight of the route is the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century hilltop palace that served as the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California.

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We didn’t plan too much in advance because we didn’t want to be bound by bookings. It was important to us that we had the freedom to be spontaneous and go wherever the mood took us. I remember stopping at charming traditional restaurants whenever we were hungry and checking out all the historical landmarks.

We didn’t even book hotels in advance, and ended up staying in small, quaint hotels as well as stately castles.

Photo: Courtesy of Sayam Sethaputra

I’d recommend travelling in style with the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL (W113) from  1979. It fits perfectly in all the historic towns and the convertible canvas roof means you can enjoy the stunning view as you drive along the picturesque route. The beautiful castles on the journey provide the perfect backdrop for classic cars, which always evoke a sense of old-school luxury.

Distance travelled: 350 kilometres | Days on the road: 3 | Unesco World Heritage sites visited: 2  

Car driven: Mercedes-Benz 280 SL (W113)