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A trip to Romantic Road

April 10, 2012  by: Sarika  Points: 12   Category: Travel & Places  Earning $0.50   Views: 795

This is an article about the major touristic attraction called romantic road in Germany


A trip to Romantic Road

Dear readers, today I want to take you along with me on a spectacular road trip in the south of Germany. Let us discover the ever growing charm of the “Romantic Road” or “Romantische Strasse”. It is one of the Germany’s first and undoubtedly the most popular touristic route. The route spans between two southern provinces of Bavaria and Baden Wuerttemberg. What was originally a very important trade route built by romans in the Middle Ages has been converted today into one of the biggest magnets of the German tourism industry.

Project Romantic Road was initiated by the Mayor of Augsburg in 1951 along with the Mayors of other southern German towns and cities. The idea was to develop Germany as a holiday destination following the years of Nazi terror. It was a desperate attempt to rehabilitate Germany in the history of Europe and project it as a more hospitable, livelier, and friendlier place. Initially, American soldiers stationed in Bavaria and Baden Württemberg along with their friends and families started exploring this route which later became extremely popular and today is one of the busiest and most sought after touristic attraction.

The Romantic Road begins in the town of Wuerzburg and ends in Fuessen near Austrian border. This ~400 km route encompasses some of the most beautiful castles and towers, palaces, churches, monasteries, old walled towns and picturesque villages which boast of the cultural diversity of the Southern Germany and creates and maintains an overall medieval atmosphere. Almost 30 cities and town are connected through this route which takes the traveler on an enchanted journey back in time and reveal the beauty of European art and culture.

Wuerzburg: This old medieval city which is the starting point of Romantische Strasse lies in the wine growing region called Franconia in Bavaria. It is very famous for its wine and wine yards and many wine festivals are organized in this city. One of the main attractions is the palace of prince Bishops of Wuerzburg knows as “Residenz”. It is acknowledged as a UNESCO world heritage site owing to its marvelous Baroque architecture and the world’s largest fresco – treppenhaus. Fortress Marienberg. Kaeppele (Chaple) and Wuerzburg’s old main bridge are other places worth a visit. University of Wuerzburg is the place where the original laboratory of Wilhelm Roentgen is located in which he discovered X-rays in 1895. Also, the city is the home of the oldest Pizzeria in Germany.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber: This is the Germany’s one of the most preserved walled medieval towns in Bavaria. It was an imperial free city in the Middle Ages. One among many attractions is the market square with its Renaissance Town Hall. During World War II the U.S Assistant Secretary of War John J. McCloy ordered not to use artillery to take Rothenburg owing to its beauty and historical importance. The town has served as an inspiration for the village in Walt Disney’s movie Pinocchio. A part of the filming was also done for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part I and II. Rothenburg is home of the Christmas museum, Doll and toy museum and also Criminal museum which are also worth a visit. And one must not forget to try the local specialty – Schneeballen (snow balls) which are made up of fried egg dough and then sprinkled with sugar or chocolate.

Augsburg: Founded in 15 BC by the Roman Emperor Augustus more than 2000 years ago, Augsburg is Germany’s third oldest city after Neuss and Trier. Due to its rich history and culture it is also known as “The Renaissance City”. The main attractions include the Renaissance style Town hall built in 1620 with its Golden Hall; the Bell Tower (Perlachturm) built in 989, Town Hall square in the center of the town etc. Augsburg is home to the world’s oldest and still functional social housing complex called Fuggerei named after the Fugger family which was founded in 1516. Also, the first artificial whitewater course of its kind called Eiskanal is present in Augsburg which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich.

Schwangau: It is a small village lying at the foot of the Alps and surrounded by four lakes. It is located very close to the most famous fairy tale castle “Schloss Neuschwanstein” and “Schloss Hohenschwangau”. Ammer Mountains National Park, Roman Crystal Thermal Baths at the Kurpark and Tegelberg Cable Railway are other worth seeing tourist attractions of the area.

Fuessen: It is the last stop at Romantic Road and is Bavaria’s highest town at an altitude of 800 – 1200 meters. The “Hohes Schloss” (High Castle) which is Bavaria’s largest and best preserved late Gothic castle complexex is the landmark of this town. The oldest fresco in the whole of Germany dating back to 980 can be found in the crypt of St. Mang Basilica. Historic old town with gabled houses, Holy Ghost Hospital Church and Forggensee (man-made lake) are other major touristic attractions.

Author: AJAY        
Posted Date: 04/12/2012    Points:2    

Your article is really an invigorating read and you have justified the presentation with good pictures. Thanks for briefing us about the major tourist attractions of Germany.
Author: Sarika        
Posted Date: 04/13/2012    Points:2    

Thank you very much for your feedback. I can personally vouch for this road trip as I myself have been to some of the places (though not all) and i must say it is worth a visit.
Author: Joina        
Posted Date: 04/17/2012    Points:2    

Through this article, I understood that Germany is very beautiful country to visit. If I get a chance to visit Germany, I won't forget to visit all these places in romantic road. Very attractive places and extra neat.
Author: ushakiran        
Posted Date: 05/30/2012    Points:1    

Excellent article Sarika, very informative and very interesting...

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