The Romantic Road (Romantische Straße) is a picturesque 350 km long route in south Germany between Füssen and Würzburg. This post covers the castles at the southern end of the romantic road starting from Füssen and going up to Landsberg am Lech, a distance of about 64 km. Each town is briefly mentioned, even if there’s no castle nearby.
The southern beginning of the romantic road has a nice Christmas market in December. The high castle of Füssen is part of the historical old town. Pay close attention to the ornaments inside the castle: They are all just painted onto the walls.
Two of the most magnificent castles ever built can be found here: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau (follow the link to discover some of the secrets nobody would ever tell you about these two castles). You’ll need a full day to visit both of them. The difficulty is that there are thousands of tourists there every day. Way, way more than the accepted visitors! So how do you get a ticket? Three options:
A rural German village with a population of about 3.500 in a picturesque landscape. But no castle, no ruin and no palace, and hence no picture!
Wieskirche and St. Johannes Monastery garden and church are worth a visit. But again, no castle, no picture!
As rural as the Swabian Alb can get… It is a very beautiful landscape though and would be perfect for a cycling vacation. But no castle…
Mostly harmless, as old hitchhikers tend to say. Although, certainly a nice place for big city kids. However, the author (well, that would be me, I guess…) has lived the majority of his life in a village with a population of less than 600 people, so Hohenfurch, with it’s 1.500+ people, does not appear that spectacular to him.
Somebody from the Tokyo metropolitan area, with it’s 38+ million neighbors, will most certainly think differently about Hohenfurch and its environment. You’re privileged to judge by yourself. However, you must go there by yourself to see it, because, well, no castle, no picture…
Next month, we’re going to take a look at castle Runkelstein, a.k.a. Roncolo in Bolzano, South Tirol, Italy.
The biggest town in this list. Mutterturm is the must see site. The historical old town is very much worth a stroll as well.
There’s no castle in Landsberg am Lech, however, there are three in the direct vicinity:
About 7 km to the west of Landsberg in the center of the Schloss Igling Golf course. Needless to say this one’s private property. The best chance to get inside it is most likely by making the right acquaintances while playing golf. Just a wild guess though…
About 12 km north west of Landsberg. This one’s a dormitory of a catholic missionary school, so, needless to say, that there are no guided tours their neither. Although…, the students are very supportive to stray tourists.
Kaltenberg Castle is about 17 km north east of Landsberg am Lech. There’s a one week medieval festival every summer and a Christmas market in December.
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