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Romantic Road – The name is like a promise

Romantic Road – The name is like a promise

The Romantic Road whisks you away on a journey of approximately 400 km from Würzburg to Füssen in the Allgäu . Anyone visiting this route is greatly rewarded with treasures such as magnificent stately homes, palaces of courtly splendour and romantic medieval timber-framed houses following in swift succession. This route also lives up to its name when travelled by bicycle or on foot.

The "Romantic Road" has been the highlight amongst Germany's scenic routes for over 60 years and is still a firm favourite attracting visitors from all over the world. Nature, culture and hospitality are the three hallmarks of the Romantic Road. It offers excitement for art lovers, festival goers, history buffs, sports devotees and everyone who likes a celebration.

Romance, the scent of grapes on the air and the draw of the Alps: the charm of this route knows no bounds.

It takes in the varied landscapes of the Main river, the Franconian wine region and the Alpine peaks and crosses the tranquil Tauber Valley between Würzburg and Füssen, the geological treasure trove of Nördlinger Ries, the picturesque Lechfeld and the dream-like Pfaffenwinkel region at the foot of the Bavarian Alps before arriving at King Ludwig's spellbinding castles. This region is surrounded by four lakes and lies at the bottom of the Ammergau Alps. A location steeped in romance.

The name of the route tells you everything you need to know

The very name "Romantic Road" expresses how many visitors, from Germany and from abroad, feel when they first feast their eyes on this spectacular backdrop of riches, western history, art and culture: fascination and a sense of being taken back in time. Also linked with the route are great names such as Balthasar Neumann, the architect, Tilman Riemenschneider, the woodcarver, and Carl Spitzweg, the painter.

A mountain idyll: imagination in free flight

The Romantic Road is also Germany's festival road: from May until well into the autumn, it fizzes with historical festivals offering fresh air, entertainment, delectable food and tangy beer. It's enough to make you sigh; once you've left, a simple reminder will be all it takes to bring a smile back to your face.

Romantic Road

Length: approximately 400 km

Theme: romance, arts, culture

Highlights:
Augsburg: Fugger city, puppet theatre
Bad Mergentheim: Castle of the Teutonic Order (Deutschordenschloss)
Dinkelsbühl: historical old quarter
Füssen: Hohes Schloss Castle, St. Mang Monastery,
Harburg: castle
Nördlingen: Ries Crater Museum and Rail Museum
Pfaffenwinkel: The Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church (UNESCO)
Rothenburg: medieval townscape, Christmas Museum, Crime Museum
Schwangau: King Ludwig castles, festival hall
Würzburg: Marienberg Citadel (Festung Marienberg), Residenz Palace (Unesco)

www.romantischestrasse.de

Events
From May 2016 to the late 2018 the Medieval Crime Museum is mounting a major exhibition on the history of people's belief in and persecution of witches - from the early days to the end of the great witch hunts.
It focuses particularly on Martin Luther and his views on witchcraft. The exhibition also looks at the Reformation and the persecution of witches in Franconia and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. More than 100 priceless exhibits, modern museum technology and detailed information in German and English provide visitors with a profound insight into the man Martin Luther was, the era in which he lived and the hopes and fears of the people in the 14th to the 17th centuries.

Upcoming dates:

30.04.2016 - 31.12.2018

Venue

Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum
Burggasse 3-5
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Fon: 09861 - 5359
Fax: 09861 - 8258
info@kriminalmuseum.rothenburg.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Long nights and shorter, colder days: if you want to get the best out of a German tradition, then a visit to Rothenburg’s Reiterlesmarkt is a must during the Advent period. Every year, the medieval town of Rothenburg is transformed into a winter’s fairytale. As far back as the 15th century, Advent festivities have been accompanied by a wonderful Christmas market. This market can look back on over 500 years of living heritage that has hardly changed a lot since its historic origins.

To keep body and soul together, treat yourself to a glass of mulled wine, enjoy an original Rothenburg Snowball, or, if you have a heartier appetite, satisfy your hunger with a grilled sausage or roast chestnuts. Very suitable as a present, a gingerbread heart.

There are also numerous cultural events held to coincide with the Christmas market. However, the highlight of the market is the appearance of the figure of the “Rothenburger Reiterle” at the festive opening ceremony. Lending its name to the market, the tradition of the “Reiterle” is lost in the mists of time. The figure was believed to be an envoy from another world that floated through the ether with the souls of the deceased at winter time. The image of this mystical figure has changed over the years. In the old days people shuddered at the sight of this otherworldly character, now adults and children look forward to seeing him. The wild creature has been transformed into a friendly carrier of good news.

Upcoming dates:

01.12.2017 - 23.12.2017

Venue

Diverse Veranstaltungsstätten / Orientierung:
Kirchplatz
91541 Rothenburg o.d.T.
Fon: 09861/404-800
Fax: 09861/404-529

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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