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Romantic Road Part III : Schongau, Schwangau & the Castle Route to Füssen.

The landscape around me has changed. I can no longer see the “Romantic Road” stretch as far as the horizon, flat as it was before in Nördlingen, around Augsburg or Landsberg. Rugged mountain ranges have given way to straight lines. The gently rising Alpine foothills bring a smile to my face. Mountains always make an Austrian like me feel home. When Schongau on the Romantic Road talks about life by the mountain river Lech, and how it has shaped the economic development of an entire region, I immediately think of the source waters of this riverbed in neighbouring Tyrol. But first of all, our captain calls: “All aboard, and up we go floating on the river!” A giant wooden raft of about 20 tons, that is.

"Stadtführung" mal anders: In Schongau am Lechufer ...

Schongau by the Lech river has developed a “historic city tour” of a kind …

 

... nimmt uns die historische "Galionsfigur" Anna Gerberin mit auf eine Zeitreise der besonderen Art:

… featuring Anna, who talks to us about her life by the river dressed in traditional clothes and making us time-travel through her engaging storytelling …

 

... während draußen die Landschaft vorbeizieht, lauschen wir den einfühlsam erzählten Geschichten früherer Jahrhunderte ...

… as the landscape passes us by, we get caught up in fairy-tales, legends and stories of old …

 

... während der Flößer auf dem mittlerweile aufgestauten Fluß

… lucky that today, being on the river is a quiet business thanks to the river dam a few kilometres downstream.

 

From Schongau, follow the Romantic Road further south to see the famous castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.

In the evening, riding my e-bike rented from Hotel Weinbauer, I manage to leave the curious crowds behind and catch a most undisturbed glimpse of Neuschwanstein Castle. All you have to do is follow local bike guide Silvia Zeilmeir. She knows exactly which restaurants to head for, which forest path leads to the best view over the Alpsee and the castles, and where the park of Schwangau offers the most extensive panoramic view of the Alpine foothills beyond. Thank you so much, dear Silvia, for this wonderful evening together!

Auf mit dem E-Bike ...

E-biking let’s go …

 

... zum Blick über den Alpsee ...

… catching a picture-perfect look of the Alpsee lake and Neuschwanstein Castle in the back …

 

... hier sind wir ganz und gar ungestört ...

… lovely turquoise waters …

 

... auch von hier, im Park von Schongau ..

… do not miss Schwangau park either, offering more of these beautiful views around …

 

... stärken wir uns mit einem saisonalen "Eierschwammerl-Gulasch"

… and do try a serving of the local mushrooms when in season, called “Pfifferlinge” …

 

... und wandern am Morgen darauf über den Kalvarien

… the following morning, you may opt for an easy hike across the Kalvarienberg hill …

 

... mit diesem einen traumhaften Blick auf Füssen:

… from where you can see the old town of Füssen in the distance: Well worth the climb for having a view like this!

 

Füssen finally hails the end to my journey along the Romantic Road in Southern Germany.

Inside the old town, you can even stop at a gate that has an inscription indicating the official end of the Romantic Road. It’s a bit like being on a pilgrimage: People, places and stories all come and go. One day you will reach the end and tell yourself: I am happy to have made it and at the same time sad that it is over.

It’s a good thing that the city of Füssen sweetens the farewell: A small town with a historic flair, whose old town centre is worth discovering.

Der Blick auf Füssen ...

Looking across Füssen …

 

bedeutet Eintauchen in die Geschichte ...

… has you dive into history once more …

 

... wie hier ...

… checking out the local history library museum …

 

… “Ende der romantischen Straße” (End of the Romantic Road) in Füssen …

 

... Zeit für ein abschließendes Bier & Burger-Menü ...

… do make sure you spoil yourself to a beer & burger menu before you go, such as here at the Hotel Hirschen.

 

And just because it’s worth taking the extra look along the “Romantic Road”, I’ve made this short travel video for you to enjoy:

 

If you wish to see even more travel photographs from my road trip along the Romantic Road in Germany, you can check out my Flickr photo gallery here:

 

Disclaimer: I have been invited by the German National Tourist Board and the Romantic Road to go on this trip to Würzburg. All opinions are my own.

Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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2 Comments

  1. Ron Dobroth

    Hello Elana,

    I enjoyed your photo’s along the Romantic Road. I was able to spend 2 months in the Allgäu during the winter of 2016/17, and your photo’s were a nice reminder of what a great area it is to spend a vacation. I hope to get back to Germany again in the hopes of more exploration one day, but in the meantime, I will travel vicariously through you.
    Regards, Ron Dobroth, Kalama, Washington USA

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    • Elena

      Dear Don,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment here! I am very pleased indeed that you enjoyed my photographic journey, and that it reminded you of previous trips taken. Do follow along, as I’ll post more journeys from Germany and Austria here, as well as the world over!

      Best regards,

      Elena

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