Germany’s Romantic Road
Germany can offer to its visitors an incredible journey. Those in search for nature, culture, history and hospitality should experience the so called “Romantische Strasse”, Germany’s Romantic Road stretched over 350 km in the southern part of the country, from Wuerzburg to the Alps in Allgau.
First stop – Wuerzburg
The Romantic Road begins its enchanting invite with Wuerzburg, a prestigious university center tucked away between vineyards, alongside the river Mains, overlooked by the striking Marienberg fortress built in 1201 – a city symbol. Also one of the most famous palace complex in the world and part of UNESCO Heritage is the former Archbishop Residence in Wuerzburg which has a majestic staircase designed by the Venetian artist Giovanni Batista Tiepolo himself.
Further on our journey we find a pearl of Germany’s Romantic Road in Roettingen. Wherever you travel in this 900 year old small town you ca feel a breeze of romanticism as the tiny alleys rejoin around the city’s middle-aged center with the baroque city hall, the parochial church of St. Killian, the Brattenstein Burg and the old walls with its seven towers surrounding the idyllic meadows and vineyards.
From Roettingen we travel next to Rothenburg ob der Taube, a lovely town with towers and picturesque streets, then 50 km southern to Dinkelsbuehl with its 16 towers, 4 castle entries and its long walls, to reach in the end Donauwoerth, this middle-aged wealthy burg that offers visitors the chance to experience nature in its utmost splendor in the Reservations of Naturpark Almuetahl and Naturpark Augsburg.
Core attraction – Augsburg
With a history of more than 2000 years, Augsburg’s first stone was layed by one of the step sons of the Roman Emperor Augustus and is considered, after Trier, to be the oldest city in Germany. It is here that Philipp Melanchthon, the disciple of Martin Luther, through the Confessio Augustana document created the grounds for the whole Lutheran faith. In the city center one can enjoy the beautiful overview of the entire region from the 70 m tall Perlachturm, near the city hall with its Goldener Saal (golden room) and a little bit south from the Fuggerei, another of the imposing city symbols. The Fuggerei is Europe’s first social housing settlement built by the wealthy and most powerful man of his time, the Augsburger banker Jakob Fugger (1459-1525), and was ingeniously constructed and surprisingly modern and functional for the Renaissance period, these small houses being resided even today.
Tucked away further south in the snowy peaks of the Alps are enchanting little villages like Peiting with the incredible architectural extravaganza called Neuschwanste in which inspired Walt Disney to create his fairytale princess castle, then along Steingaden the beautiful church of Wieskirche, also a UNESCO World Heritage monument since 1983, renowned for the rococo style, continuing with the palace of Hohenschwangau where Bavarian King Ludwig II used to meet composer Richard Wagner.
We end our romantic journey on the riversides of Lech at Fuessen, where you can enjoy some fine cuisine at the steps of the Hohe Schloss or near the baroque monastery St. Mang, planning already the next travel to repeat this wonderful experience.