The TRANSROMANICA European Cultural Route invites you on a journey through time to the age of Romanesque art. Approximately 1200 km in length, the route runs through Germany, the states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia in particular, as well as Italy, Austria, Serbia, Portugal, Romania and Spain. The route is rich in historical, Romanesque cultural artifacts and offers insights into medieval life in the Western World.
A medieval treasure trove, the TRANSROMANICA European Cultural Route tempts visitors to take a journey through the years 900 to 1250 AD. World-class attractions, countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an overflowing events calendar make this route one of the most worthwhile destinations for cultural and city tourists.
A Europe brought together by the Romanesque
For God and Emperor: this is how the architectural style of the Romanesque could be described. Between the years 900 and 1250 AD, many of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings, and even so-called secular buildings, were constructed in the Romanesque style, which is characterised by its typical semi-circular arches over the portals and windows, cross vaults, porticos, mountain-like brickwork and squat towers. The Romanesque sought to demonstrate the omnipotence of God and the Emperor and as such, all the buildings are massive in size and lavishly decorated.
An art movement for the medieval Western World
Relics of the Romanesque period such as churches, abbeys and royal courts hold a particular fascination for visitors. Along this route, the churches' and abbeys' often glorious settings, and the sense of magic and tranquility that they invoke, truly comes to the fore.
Historical parks and gardens
The TRANSROMANICA European Cultural Route also includes historically important parks in the region of Saxony-Anhalt, the so-called "Garden Dreams" which also form part of the Romanesque Route. The German section of the TRANSROMANICA Route alone offers countless opportunities to make a detour to one of these beautiful gardens which, with their sweeping garden vistas interspersed with buildings, sculptures and landscaped gardens, are an eternal fascination to visitors.
The Romanesque, pilgrims, wine and music
The cultural and historical significance of the unique Saale-Unstrut wine-growing region is palpable to those who wander through it, as this is where, over 1,000 years ago, the Ottonian Empire indulged its penchant for viticulture. Here you can also find out how the music and song of the "Holy Halls" of the Romanesque period would have sounded. In the Romanesque period, pilgrimages were one of the most common forms of travel, and although visitors along the TRANSROMANICA are free to choose their path, they can nevertheless be considered the rightful descendents of these medieval pilgrims.
Length: approximately 1200 km
Theme: arts, nature, Romanesque, history, architecture
Mount Falkenstein: castle, falconry centre
Goseck: the Goseck Circle sun observatory (Sonnenobservatorium)
Havelberg: St. Mary's Cathedral (St. Marien-Kathedrale), abbey
Magdeburg: castle, abbey
Merseburg: cathedral, castle, chapter house
Naumburg: cathedral, donor figures
Quedlinburg: old quarter, collegiate church (Stiftskirche), treasury
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