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BAVARIA


Picture a scenic drive through a medieval town with half-timbered houses, snow-capped peaks and the spires of a castle winding up into view over rolling hills.


A brick wall surounds Landsberg am Lech, a town in southwest Bavaria about 40 miles west of Munich.


T e images along the Romantic


Road have inspired thousands of people throughout the centuries, among them fa- mous painters, musicians and authors. T e road is known for its historic landscapes and unique scenery. T e route begins in Würzburg, the


heart of Franconia wine country. T is city was founded in 650 B.C. and is known for its wide span of architectural design. It would not be a surprise to fi nd a Goth- ic cathedral, Romanesque palace and Rococo-style museum all along the same square. T e city’s most famous sight is its Marienberg Fortress, which overlooks the city and was built on the site of Germa- ny’s fi rst church. South from Würzburg, the route winds


through Rothenburg ob der Tauber, per- haps the most famous site in Bavaria af- ter Castle Neuschwanstein, which can be


seen at the end of the journey. Recom- mended for history lovers is the Watch- man of Rothenburg tour, which runs from March until Christmas at 8 every night, during which the watchman him- self takes visitors on a journey through the city’s Dark Ages. Among the route’s lesser-known stops is


Augsburg, founded by the Romans in 15 B.C. and named for Emperor Augustus. T e city boasts the magnifi cent Dom of the Holy Virgin Cathedral and the town hall. T e town hall is known for its ornate German Renaissance style and is often re- ferred to as the “Golden Hall.” Another hidden destination along the


Romantic Road is Landsberg am Lech, whose prison once contained Adolf Hit- ler while he dictated and wrote his book, Mein Kampf. Upon entering the town, visitors are greeted with the charming


medieval-style tower Mutterturm (Moth- er’s Tower), with its bright yellow and green roof accents. Adjoining is the cul- tural and historical museum. Across the river Lech, Landsberg’s pastel-painted shops and restaurants lead into the town square. T e celestial clock tower, ancient city gates and cathedrals are not to be missed. In addition, a climb up to the old town wall on the eastern side will be well worth it when visitors see the view from above the town. Traveling by car is recommended on the


Romantic Road, as it allows visitors to stop and wonder at the landscapes and towns at their own leisure. Bus and bicycle tours are common, and most cities along the route are accessible by train. No matter the mode of transportation, a stroll through any stop is sure to provide visitors a quintessential romantic experience.


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