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The Romantic Road (Romantische Straße) is a modern construct designed to bring tourists to southern Germany and it works! It roughly follows the Roman Road and diverts to take in some magnificent medieval towns along the way.
It was nice to drive today along the romantic road instead of using the autobahns which I find stressful because of the high speeds. Instead we leisurely weaved our way through pretty Bavarian countryside. Each town and village has a unique church and we took photos of a few from the car along the way.
Our first stop was to view the huge meteorite crater that the cute walled town of Nördlingen is nestled in. They estimate that the crater was 0.003 times the mass of the earth and that’s big!
Our second stop was the beautiful castle in Harburg which was first built in the 12th Century.
We paid the small entry fee of 10€ for our family of 4 and wandered around the castle grounds trying not to shiver in the cold 4C cloudy weather. We enjoyed the visit.
We decided not to take a guided tour because those are difficult to do with children because it’s difficult to maintain attention and interest but also because we had 6 hours of driving minimum to do today.
We escaped the cold and made use of the 0.5€ vouchers per entry ticket to have warm apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and coffees and then we knew that we were in Bavaria.
We drove on and passed through the old town of Nördlingen but didn’t stop. It’s a nice looking town with preserved walls ringing the whole town.
More from the Romantische Straße in my next post! Have you been along the romantic road? What did you think?