Germany's Romantic Road



The Romantic Road, Germany

(Part 2 of 2) 

The famous Romantic Road is a path to paradise.  Driving, walking or simply riding a bike along this path is an experience you will never forget.  The Romantic Road crosses 27 important Franconian towns in Southern Germany.  It starts in Würzburg (north) and ends in Füssen (south).  We have provided a brief description of each of these towns, starting in the north and ending in the south.
Donauwoerth-  Do you want to see one of South Germany’s most attractive streets, the “Reichsstrasse?"  Then you need to stop here!  It forms the magnificent axis of the historic old town between the Town Hall and the “Fuggerhaus” and shows the beauty of patrician houses.

Augsburg- More than 2,000 years ago, Augustus (a Roman Emperor) founded Augsburg.  Today, the splendid epoch is represented by its grand Maximilianstrasse and the Renaissance, Baroque façade of the palaces and, of course the patrician houses.

Friedberg- In the year 1264 this medieval Bavarian Ducal Town was founded by Duke Ludwig II.  The heart and attraction of this town is “the Marienplatz” with its fountain, pillar and Renaissance Town Hall.


Landsberg am Lech- The 700 year old town of River ‘Lech’ was founded by Heinrich the Lion.  Attractions are the patrician houses and the Town Hall by Dominikus Zimmermann, with a marvelous stucco façade.


Hohenfurch-  If you are interested in activities such as riding, tennis or cross-country skiing then you might make Hohenfurch an ideal holiday base.  Enjoy the freshness of summer and the view over the foothills of the Alps in a rural setting.  Take advantage of the bicycle and hiking paths surrounded by meadows and woods.


Schongau-  The administrative center and one of the seats of the Wittelsbach dynasty,  Schongua has a Bavarian fortress on the River Lech.


Peiting- Don’t miss the ancestral castle of the Welft dynasty.  The ski museum and an excursion up the Hohenpeissenberg mountain make a great day out.


Rottenbuch- Located in the wild and romantic Ammer Valley, the 900 year-old buildings of the former Augustinian monks with the famous “Mariae Geburt" convent church, have to be admired.


Wildsteig- Is it about time for peace and relaxation? Then this is the ideal community! You are surrounded by the Ammer and Allgau mountains, lakes and moors.  You are simply in the heart of a nature and landscape conservation area.


Steingaden- At the intersection of the Romantic Road and the German Alpine Road, you will find the world famous Pilgrimage Church of the ‘Flagellated Saviour in the Meadow,’ work of the Brothers Dominikus and Hohann Baptist Zimmermann, as well as the impressive Minster founded by Duke Welf VI.


Halblech- This is the gataway to the Ammer mountains nature-conservation area.  Whether it is summer or winter, this charming place has a 2.5 km natural toboggan run, a heated outdoor swimming pool, four lakes, mini-golf and tennis courts. The ski tracks measure 29 km.  Hiking paths measure 130 km.


Schwangau- This village is surrounded by 4 lakes and the Ammergebirge nature protection area.  The attractions are: King Ludwig’s world-famous castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, and the Royal Crystal Thermal Baths (sauna, thermal bathing).


Füssen- Bavaria's highest town (altitude of 800 to 1,200 meters) is a medieval town with numerous works of art and monuments to a history of almost 2,000 years.   More about Füssen


For the remaining towns on the Romantic Road, please visit part 1.

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