Romantic Hwy, Germany


On August 3rd, 2017; I had the change to explore Germany’s Romantic Road.

Romantic Road Map drawn by Brett Harriman

Since I had one day to explore, I focused on three locations, (Neuschwanstein, Nordlingen and Rothenburg).

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

     Neuschwanstein is a fantasy made real —a fairytale castle festooned with balconies and turrets, rising high above the trees in the Bavarian Alps, (pictured above).

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany 2017

     Vast and substantial, it is the work of a leading set-painter called Christian Jank, and was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-86) as a backdrop against which he might act out the stuff of German romantic legend. Ludwig had grown up in the nearby castle of Hohenschwangau, a medieval fortress restored by his father, Maximilian II, and decorated with wall paintings depicting, amoung other subjects, the legend of Lohengrin.

Up close to the Neuschwanstein Castle on a rainy day.

     Next I headed north into Central Germany along the romantic highway. There I came across two ancient walled cities: Rothenburg, and Nordlingen.

From a road-sign near Nordlingen

     Nordlingen, has a population of approximately 19,190. It was built in an impact crater, and was first mentioned in recorded history in 898 AD.

Arial Photo of Nordlingen, Germany; (Obvious impact crater from Meteorite)
Walking along the Nordlingen Wall that circles the city and crater.

     Another attraction, (pictured below), in Nordlingen is the Saint George’s Church’s 270 ft. steeple, called “Daniel”, which is made of a suevite impact-breccia that contains shock quartz from the meteorite that formed the impact crater.

Saint George Steeple, “Daniel” in Nordlingen, Germany 2017

     Rothenburg is well known for its well-preserved medeival old town, a destination for tourists from around the world.

The Rothenburg Main Square
Rothenburg, Germany 2017
Moat around Rothenburg, Germany

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